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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Southwest Minnesota State University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 20, 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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Position:  Assistant Professor of Chemistry    

Salary and Terms:  Full-time, nine month* tenure track position.  Salary placement is commensurate with education and experience 

Appointment Date: August 15, 2022

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Description: SMSU's Assistant Professor of Chemistry is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. The faculty member’s primary teaching responsibilities include the general chemistry I & II sequence; courses in either inorganic chemistry or physical chemistry; and a shared responsibility for the non-majors liberal education course. The successful candidate will have opportunities to teach upper-level elective courses in his/her area on a rotating basis and potential involvement with the program’s concurrent enrollment course.  Additional responsibilities include active participation in activities that support the Chemistry program and Science department, including supervision of undergraduate research, student advising, and service on campus committees. Faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly and creative activity, continuing preparation and study, contributing to student growth and development, and service to the University and community.

Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidates for SMSU's Assistant Professor of Chemistry position will meet the following expectations:

  • D. in Chemistry or Chemistry education. ABD will be considered however terminal degree must be completed for tenure consideration.
  • Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach at the undergraduate level.
  • Ability and willingness to engage students in undergraduate research inside or outside of a formal class setting.
  • Must have an understanding and appreciation for liberal education.
  • Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the chemistry program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Inorganic or Physical chemistry background preferred.
  • Competence in science pedagogy is desirable.
  • Knowledge of soil or environmental chemistry is desirable.
  • Demonstrated abilities/competence in instructional technology; online instruction and commitment to interdisciplinary education is preferred.

The University: Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships.  Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions.  The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings.  Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.  The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.

Application Data: Letter of application addressing your position qualifications, resume/curriculum vita, student evaluations if available, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research/scholarly activity involving undergraduates, and unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework should be attached to your application.  To apply, please complete the application at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at:

*Nine Month Appointments- Along with all other Universities that are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, standard faculty appointments are for 168 duty days distributed over any nine consecutive months.  The nine months need not align with the traditional academic year and may be changed every two years.  Initial faculty appointments at SMSU are expected to be similar to or the same as the academic year unless otherwise indicated on the vacancy notice.

Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  SMSU is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. SMSU does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Women, diverse populations and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States.  Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208.  For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.  This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request. 

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