University of La Verne: Chemistry Department Chair, Associate Professor
Job Description Summary
The Department of Chemistry at the University of La Verne invites applications for a tenure-track and department chair faculty position starting in the Fall 2017 Semester. A PhD in Chemistry is required with a specialty in the areas of Organo-Metallic/Organic Chemistry. This position will be filled at the Associate Professor level, commensurate with experience.
The Department of Chemistry offers B.S. and B.A. degree programs. The department promotes excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. We are seeking candidates whose teaching, research, and areas of service complement the University of La Verne’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and who understand the barriers faced by underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students.
The University of La Verne is an independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-aged students, as well as adult learners. The main campus is located in the City of La Verne, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, and is about 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population self-identifying as Hispanic/Latino. Overall, students of color account for 55%, international 10%, and a large proportion of our students are identified as first-generation. We are quite proud of our high retention and graduation rates, especially for traditionally underrepresented students.
The University of La Verne has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity; therefore, we encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan, and a tuition remission program for dependent children, spouse, and employee. For more information regarding the University of La Verne, visit our website at www.laverne.edu
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in Organic Chemistry and associated labs, Advanced Organic, other courses in their field, and lower division and GE courses with any associated labs. The candidate will develop and supervise appropriate research projects in their area of expertise for undergraduate chemistry students. Participation in the faculty governance is a requirement for all faculty members, as well as a commitment for community service and diversity. In addition to faculty duties, the candidate must be an energetic leader to serve as a Chair of the Department of Chemistry. The successful candidate must be qualified to receive tenure at the rank of Associate Professor. They must be able to move the department forward with innovative leadership, including a demonstrated ability to work across disciplinary lines: Biology, Math, and Physics. They must also be able to manage the expenses in the departmental budget and chemistry faculty and staff. They will be responsible for departmental, division, college, and university meetings, as well as course scheduling, part-time and adjunct hiring, and the hiring of the department’s teaching assistants.
Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. The applicant will provide evidence of their academic achievement and other appropriate indications of their ability to perform successfully with the academic and professional duties assigned. They will demonstrate their ability and potential for professional growth, and their ability to work with, communicate, and support their professional peers. They will share their knowledge and insights gained from the exploration of his/her area of specialization. The Department Chair position requires a strong record of leadership and excellence in teaching and chemical research.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applicants for this position will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications shall submit a cover letter of interest describing your teaching philosophy and research experience, curriculum vita, representative publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including several recent course evaluations and course syllabi if available), and letters from three professional references.
For additional information and to apply, please visit: https://laverne.peopleadmin.com/postings/3033
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last updated 29-Jan-2017