Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Title Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Posting Number F00156JP Department Chemistry Position Summary

The Bowdoin College Chemistry Department seeks applicants for three Visiting Assistant Professor positions beginning July 1, 2021 to teach courses in support of majors offered by the Department of Chemistry and the Programs in Biochemistry and Environmental Studies. Successful applicants will teach four courses per year; one of the four courses may be the laboratory section of a course. Applicants for the positions in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry will be expected to teach core courses in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, respectively, one or two sections of introductory or organic chemistry, or an advanced or nonmajors course in their area of expertise. Applicants for the position in environmental chemistry will be expected to co-teach a required course in environmental science for environmental studies majors (with an ecologist/biologist), a course in environmental chemistry, and courses that may include introductory chemistry or an advanced or nonmajors course in their area of expertise in chemistry or environmental studies.

Successful candidates will be appointed for one year; the position in environmental chemistry holds the possibility of extension beyond one year; a tenure track search for a position in inorganic chemistry is anticipated for 2021-22. Successful applicants should demonstrate a promise of dedication to equity and inclusion in the undergraduate classroom. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry or related fields is preferred; ABD considered.

Successful applicants will join a supportive chemistry department comprised of nine faculty members (including five women and two faculty of color), six laboratory instructors who teach the laboratory components of core courses, an instrumentation specialist, and an academic coordinator. The department welcomes applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population, and from those who will enrich and contribute to the multifaceted diversity of our College. We especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. We aspire to be a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and thrive, and where institutional resources promote the development of equitable and inclusive teaching practices.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement that describes your teaching philosophy and how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentorship supports our commitment to equity and inclusion (; and 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on Feb. 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (35% students of color, 7% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

Posting Date 12/21/2020 Applications Accepted Until Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

At the time of application, you will be required to include information for a minimum of three references, including name, title, email address, phone number and how you know the reference.

Once you have provided the required reference information and submitted your application, the reference providers will receive an email which is generated automatically from the application system. The email will provide them a link within which to upload a confidential reference letter on your behalf.

You will not be able to view the reference letters but will be able to see how many have been submitted on your behalf.

Employment Category Full Time Year Round Job Start Date 07/01/2021 Job End Date Job Type Faculty Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy/Principles
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