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Organic Chemistry Tenure-Track 2022-23

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Chemistry Department at St. Olaf College invites applications for a tenure-track chemist with expertise in experimental organic chemistry starting August, 2022. Teaching expectations will be primarily in the area of organic chemistry, which may include one or more sections of introductory organic chemistry with lab as well as occasional upper-level courses related to organic chemistry.

In addition to organic chemistry, candidates interested in contributing to the first-year chemistry curriculum or non-major courses are especially welcomed. Candidates must communicate their commitment to undergraduate education and must explicitly describe how their proposed scholarly activity will establish a vibrant laboratory research program involving undergraduates. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect completion of such prior to employment.

The department is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the College’s goals for diversity, equity and inclusion, and who will utilize inclusive and engaging pedagogical practices. In the letter of application, candidates should address how they will contribute to these goals. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color and members of other underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity goals.

All applicants must submit application materials online at A complete application includes:

  • a cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in this particular position,
  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts,
  • a detailed description of research interests and plans (approximately 3-5 pages plus references) emphasizing the suitability of the research for undergraduate researchers and potential funding opportunities,
  • a statement of teaching philosophy which includes your goals, ideas about pedagogical approaches, reflections on teaching or mentoring experience you have had and a discussion of how you would contribute to a learning environment that reflects the current and growing diversity of St. Olaf’s student body (about 2 pages), 
  • a list of courses you feel qualified to teach (either based on courses currently listed at, or courses that you could envision teaching but are not currently being taught at St. Olaf),
  • the contact information for three professional references, at least one who can speak to your abilities in classroom and laboratory teaching (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on September 13, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are expected in November. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Mary Walczak, Search Committee Chair, at Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

St. Olaf College is proud to be:

  • Included in multiple editions of Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College
  • An institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Ranked #1 among baccalaureate colleges in the number of students who study abroad
  • One of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. students among liberal arts colleges
  • Ranked #20 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • Ranked #6 by the Princeton Review for our science lab facility
  • Home of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR), a national exemplar of quality, collaborative, data-focused undergraduate research

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer.  The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.  With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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