Assistant Teaching Professor

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Title

Assistant Teaching Professor



Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

This appointment will be for an Academic Year (9-month) appointment. All Teaching Professor positions, regardless of rank, are non-tenured positions appointed for a three-year limited-term period. Due to the percentage of effort focused upon instructional duties, all incumbents are expected to hold a PhD or terminal degree in the academic discipline, possess outstanding teaching skills and teach a minimum of two regularly scheduled classes per semester. Specific course assignments and locations are at the discretion of the Chair of Chemistry. Additional job duties include research and service activities as detailed below.

Teaching/Advising – 70%
  1. Teaches a minimum of two courses per semester (fall and spring sessions). The core teaching responsibility of this position will be introductory chemistry courses (General Chemistry), with the possibility of occasional assignments to upper division undergraduate courses in the individual’s area of expertise. One or more courses per year may include team teaching with another faculty members in a course as part of a course transformation project.
  2. Develops and updates syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, tests, and other assessment materials for the courses taught.
  3. Holds regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
  4. Implements and refines the use of technology in the teaching of courses.
  5. Supervises GTAs responsible for lecture support and discussion sections (or helps coordinate the unit’s GTA supervision program, as appropriate).
  6. Supports the development of teaching excellence in other faculty and GTAs.
  7. Adheres to department, College and university policies and procedures.
Research – 10%
  1. Research efforts will contribute to the mission of the Department of Chemistry, primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, in the areas of Chemical Education and Pedagogy, through presentations at professional conferences and publications in books, articles, abstracts, or other scholarly outlets.
  2. Areas of focus for publications and presentations may include, but are not limited to, the scholarship of assessment and curriculum design, the development of new undergraduate laboratories/research opportunities and/or new teaching methods, supervision and evaluation of undergraduate research in the professor’s area of research expertise, methods to enhance online course resources outside of class time and use of active learning activities to maximize concept mastery during face-to-face class and laboratory/discussion time, development of programs, workshops and training guidelines that feature research-based instructional practices (e.g. inquiry and discovery based instruction, student centered instruction, peer-mentoring, and the integration of technology into the classroom).
Service – 20%
  1. Member of the department’s General Chemistry Committee, and other committees as assigned.
  2. Collaborates with the Department’s administration and faculty in maintaining a modern and inclusive curriculum. This includes partnering with faculty members to implement mechanisms for enhancing student learning, engagement, and retention in large introductory courses.
  3. Participates in appropriate professional activities.

Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty are also expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Conditions of Employment

Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. David Benson

Limited Term End Date


Position Number


Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely related field.
  • Record of excellence in teaching college-level chemistry courses.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with faculty colleagues, students, and administrators.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience



Position Overview

The Assistant Teaching Professor (non-tenure track) duties will include teaching undergraduate courses in Chemistry; assisting with the training, supervision, and evaluation of departmental teaching assistants; contributing to departmental governance; and contributing to the research mission of the Department of Chemistry, primarily in the area of Chemical Education. The Department of Chemistry has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.S and Ph.D. degrees. Chemistry Department faculty conduct leading-edge and multi-disciplinary research that spans all sub-disciplines of the field, with particular strengths in the areas of bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry, catalysis, computational/theoretical chemistry and chemical biology. This is a limited term position through May 15, 2024 with the possibility of renewal. The Department of Chemistry has been proactive in creating an atmosphere of trust and cohesiveness among faculty, staff, and students. Through their teaching, service and research activities successful applicants for this position will be expected to contribute to a workplace environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system. KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world. An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less than an hour away.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

For a complete announcement and to apply on-line, go to . A complete on-line application includes: C.V. that includes relevant teaching and leadership experience; cover letter; teaching statement; diversity and inclusion statement; transcript copy if degree has been obtained in the last five years; and the names and contact information for three references

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Only completed applications will be considered. Review of applications begins on June 22, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is collected.

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