Assistant Professor - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Location
Wisconsin, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Jun 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Posting Details

Recruitment Number

5379

Working Title

Assistant Professor - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Position Type

Faculty/Instructional

Appointment Percentage

100

Division/College

College of Science and Health

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The mission of the College of Science and Health is to provide an outstanding education in the diverse disciplines of science, health, and mathematics. The College is dedicated to student learning where enthusiastic faculty and staff intellectually challenge students in a supportive and professional environment. Fundamental to our mission is the belief in the value of education in the liberal arts and sciences and the creation of new knowledge. The College offers an outstanding academic and cultural environment for the university community and beyond.

Position Summary

TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ( UWL ) http://www.uwlax.edu/Chemistry-and-Biochemistry/ anticipates hiring a dynamic teacher-scholar at the Assistant Professor level to join its top-rated program in August, 2022. The department strives to maintain an inclusive and collegial working and learning environment for our faculty, staff, and students, and we welcome applicants who share our commitment to these values. Our new colleague will teach lecture and laboratory courses in our core curriculum, such as General, Physical, and/or Organic Chemistry, along with advanced elective courses in their areas of expertise. We seek a scholar to develop and maintain an active, externally-funded research program involving undergraduates. Research expertise in an experimental field is preferred. The area of research could be within traditional subdisciplines of chemistry or a variety of related interdisciplinary areas (examples include, but are not limited to, agricultural/food, materials/polymer, nuclear, nano, green/environmental, or medicinal chemistry/pharmacology). Our department and college maintain a large array of modern instrumentation resources, and include research and teaching laboratories in a new state-of-the-art Prairie Springs Science Center.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. degree in chemistry or related discipline at the time of application, demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship at the undergraduate level are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated post-secondary teaching experience including evidence of commitment to creating diverse and inclusive learning experiences is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with post-doctoral research experience and those whose professional expertise complements that of the existing faculty.

Physical Demands

N/A

Working conditions and environment

Classroom and Laboratory settings

Miscellaneous Information

General leave-related statement for all UWL faculty positions:
For the purposes of medical leave (e.g., FMLA ) during the ~30 weeks associated with the academic terms (15 for Fall and 15 for Spring), teaching is calculated as 60% of the overall workload; scholarship 30% and service 10%. Teaching percentage could be lower as determined by the Dean if the faculty member has a reduced teaching load from the 12 credits based on department or college workload reassignments. Scholarship range is generally 10-30% and service 10-20%. There are nine weeks of the ~39 week contract year outside of the standard 14 week semester (+ one week of finals) where 100% of the faculty member’s time could be considered scholarship and/or service.

Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
• excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
• paid holidays and sick days.
• sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL .
• after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
• benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl20.pdf
Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

Duties/Responsibilities

These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

Teaching

Duties to Support Responsibility

Develop and teach lecture and laboratory courses in general chemistry and in an area of expertise; teach other courses within the departmental curriculum; hold weekly office hours.

Percentage Of Time

50

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Research

Duties to Support Responsibility

Develop and maintain an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students, and which results in peer reviewed scholarly products.

Percentage Of Time

30

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Service

Duties to Support Responsibility

Participate actively in department, college, and university committee service and faculty governance; serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students; provide service to the professional scientific community and the public.

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

To apply for this 100% academic year (9-month) appointment, please submit a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, statement of research plans, and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts through the link below. The cover letter should explicitly emphasize both an interest in this position and a commitment to teaching effectiveness, inclusivity, and student mentoring. Applicants should include contact information for three professional references, with preferably at least one able to address the applicant’s teaching abilities.

Initial review of applications begins Friday, September 17, 2021, and completed applications received by that date will receive full review, although applications will be reviewed until the job is filled. We at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse believe that students, faculty, and staff are all enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions, and cultures, and we strive to be a leader in Wisconsin’s movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education. We seek to recruit, retain, and develop the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we strongly encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and experiences.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair, Kelly Gorres (kgorres@uwlax.edu), if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ -Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org ( ACO ).

For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.

With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 102 undergraduate programs, 30 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities; Science and Health; and Business Administration. Additionally, the university includes the School of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Annual-Security-Report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Posting Date

06/11/2021

Close Date

Continuous Recruitment

Yes

Continuous Recruitment First Review Date

09/17/2021

Position Contact Name

Kelly Gorres

Position Contact Email

hrinfo@uwlax.edu
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Interests
  5. Unofficial UndergraduateTranscripts
  6. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  7. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  2. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  3. Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
    • Yes
    • No
  5. After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/life-events/empcha/ra/). Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral
  7. Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  9. Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No