Diversity Faculty Fellow - Instructor or Assistant Professor, Chemistry

State University of New York at Cortland
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 09, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Diversity Faculty Fellow

Instructor or Assistant Professor

Chemistry Department

SUNY Cortland


POSITION: Full-time, tenure-track position in the Chemistry Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at either the instructor or the assistant professor rank, dependent on Ph.D. completion status at time of appointment.

The State University of New York College at Cortland is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that an equitable, inclusive and diverse campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission.

To promote and support our inclusive community, SUNY Cortland is proud to announce the continuation of the SUNY Cortland Diversity Faculty Fellows Program. The aim of this program is to attract diverse faculty of promise to our campus. We intend to hire up to five (5) fellows each year in a cluster format who demonstrate a diversity of thought and experience in both their personal and scholarly pursuits. We are recruiting early career scholars who seek to gain experience in a full-time faculty position in a supportive, inclusive environment. In addition, fellows will help support the infusion of topics related to equity and inclusion in the departmental and/or college-wide curriculum inside and outside the classroom.

Like all full-time faculty at SUNY Cortland, fellows will be expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support the campus values of Focus on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life as well as serve the campus priorities of Academic Excellence, Transformational Education, Well-being, and the Maximization of Resources.

SUNY Cortland diversity faculty fellows are tenure-track faculty members of their respective departments; report to the academic department chair; are members of small dynamic cohort of new academics who work collectively to support an inclusive community and campus climate, and; enhance the cultural, academic and professional experience of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education (e.g., students of color, women in STEM fields, low income and first-generation college students and LGBTQ+ community) and will maintain working relationships with the chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO) and the director of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Chemistry Department is composed of 7 tenure and tenure-track faculty members, 2 lecturers, and 2 full-time staff members. The Department is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and offers three baccalaureate degrees: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Adolescence Education – Chemistry. We offer our students mentored original research experiences in the varied subdisciplines of chemistry. Financial support is available to students for full time summer research experiences. The Chemistry Department offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation, including an NMR spectrometer (300 MHz), LC-MS, GC-MS, XRD (powder), HPLC, FPLC, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, IR, and fluorometer. In addition to these in-house resources, collaborative opportunities exist with a wide range of nearby universities as well as across the SUNY system.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach a reduced load of 12 credits per year (6 credits per semester) for the duration of the two-year program. Included as part of the teaching load will be the opportunity to: teach at least one course a year which addresses equity and inclusion as part of its content; teach introductory and advanced, lecture and laboratory courses depending on departmental need to chemistry majors and non-major undergraduate students and evaluate student performance; support the infusion of topics related to equity and inclusion in the departmental and/or college-wide curriculum; participate in a mentoring process with assigned mentor to support professional development; participate in a professional learning community designed specifically to further growth and ensure success in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service; participate in the SUNY Diversity Conference each year of the fellowship; develop an active scholarship or research agenda. Successful faculty provide service to the department, school, and university and offer scheduled office hours and support students outside of the classroom in at least one of the following ways: acting as academic advisors, serving as advisors to student organizations, and supervising student assistants, research assistants, or other internship experiences

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Cultural competence and commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of anticipated career trajectory; ability to provide leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse academic environment; desire to work with students from diverse backgrounds, ability to teach and assess learning in culturally diverse settings, commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background, and commitment to educating students to become global citizens; demonstrate diversity of thought and experience in both their personal and scholarly pursuits; creativity in course and curricular design; effective interpersonal and organizational skills; support the SUNY Cortland mission, vision, values and priorities.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated academic, professional and/or personal experience in engaging with diversity, equity and inclusion; and, either an earned doctorate chemistry or closely related field by time of appointment with specialization in any area of chemistry, for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor; or, doctoral candidate all but dissertation (ABD) by the time of appointment with an earned master’s degree in chemistry (or closely related field) with specialization in any area of chemistry, for appointment at the rank of Instructor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Relevant teaching experience in Chemistry at the college level; early career scholar seeking to gain experience in a full-time faculty position in a supportive, inclusive environment; post-doctoral experience; ability to teach organic chemistry lecture and laboratory; demonstrated experience in teaching students from under-represented minoritized groups and diverse social identity groups; demonstrated experience directing undergraduate student research; interests in interdisciplinary fields that encompass more than one of the broad chemistry disciplines (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, polymer, biochemistry, and chemical education).

THE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: SUNY Cortland, a comprehensive college known for superb programs designed to support a commitment to civic responsibility, environmental responsibility, international education, professional education and social justice is one of 64 campuses in the State University of New York system. The State University of New York is a quality public university that combines world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, and a truly diverse body of talented students to pursue its mission in every corner of the state: “to learn, to search, to serve.”

The campus is located in the geographic center of New York State and is a half-hour drive from Syracuse and Ithaca and four hours from New York City and Philadelphia. Situated in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, Cortland offers an array of regional cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as affordable housing and excellent school systems.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: For more information, application instructions and to apply online go to: https://jobs.cortland.edu/postings/4594. Work visa sponsorship is not available for this fellowship program. For full consideration, applicants with the legal right to full-time US employment should submit application materials online. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until March 12, 2021.

The State University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.