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Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Apply now Job no: 492839
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a full-time VISITING position in the CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2022. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and who prioritize active and inclusive pedagogies.

Responsibilities include teaching 5 courses over two semesters in 2022-2023. Course assignment will include courses and/or lab sections in either introductory or organic chemistry; and advanced courses depending on their area of expertise; with the option of non-majors courses in environmental chemistry or neurochemistry. Candidates with expertise in instrumental analysis are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or expect completion by the start of the fall semester. 

Visiting faculty in chemistry enjoy access to rich professional opportunities, including professional development funds, eligibility for internal grants, access to research spaces and equipment, and modest support for research expenses. The Department of Chemistry graduates 15-20 majors annually and mentors 15-30 research students per semester; visiting faculty may supervise research students if desired. The Department has provided active leadership and support in recent initiatives that have established Kenyon College as a leader in STEM inclusion research and practice: an HHMI Inclusive Excellence Award, two NSF S-STEM grants, a Clare Boothe Luce award, and a Sherman Fairchild grant. 

A complete application comprises: 1) a cover letter that describes prior research and teaching experience; 2) a 2-page statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy, objectives, and methods; 3) a Curriculum Vitae; 4) an unofficial graduate transcript; and 5) contact information for three professional references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request. Competitive applications will describe specific examples of past accomplishments and prospective ideas. Both cover letter and teaching statement should demonstrate how the candidate addresses challenges of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional work. Applicants may, but need not, include a brief research statement. 

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References may be prompted by email to upload their letters of recommendation to the application website at a later stage. Please advise references that a strong recommendation letter should describe specific evidence of teaching excellence, of research experience, and of commitment to inclusion and equity.

Please direct questions regarding the position or the application process to Simon Garcia, Search Committee Chair (

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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