The Department of Chemistry (www.chemistry.msu.edu) in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time, 12-month Organic Instructor position for our Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Program, beginning August 16, 2024. This is a renewable academic staff position in the continuing system at the rank of Academic Specialist - Teaching. The Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Program at the Department of Chemistry serves a diverse population of students interested in science-based and science-related careers with a focus on pre-professional students. The successful candidate will become part of an Organic Chemistry teaching team of faculty and specialists and will be the instructor of record of large enrollment non-major undergraduate Organic Chemistry lecture courses (CEM251, CEM252, and/or CEM143). Responsibilities include preparing and delivering instructional material; designing/delivering material and assessments necessary for the course (handouts, quizzes, exams); proctoring assessments; and training/mentoring/coordinating graduate teaching assistants. This position reports directly to the chair of the Chemistry Department and the person hired will have opportunities to be involved in campus-wide efforts to transform pedagogy in gateway science and mathematics courses.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -Organic Chemistry
Teaching experience or potential of teaching as reflected in experiences communicating with and educating students or professionals (e.g. academic instructor or someone with industrial science communication background).
Commitment to or experience with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion by cultivating equitable and inclusive learning environments for a diverse group of learners.
Ability to work in a collaborative team of students, staff, and faculty.
Commitment to professional development.
Teaching experience at the undergraduate level, especially with large enrollment courses (including, but not limited to, being an instructor of record, teaching assistant).
Professional experience developing and/or disseminating knowledge in a relevant field through research, outreach, publication, or presentations.
Experience in mentoring (in either teaching, research, or extracurricular capacities).
Required Application Materials
Cover letter of application (no more than 4 pages) that describes your interest in the position. Please also address the following guiding questions in your letter.
How has your educational background prepared you to contribute to the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry program?
How have your experiences communicating with and educating people prepared you to teach in the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry program?
How will you contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry program?
How have your past experiences working in collaborative groups prepared you to be part of the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry program team?
How have you approached Professional Development through your career and how do you see yourself continuing to do so as part of the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry program team?
If you possess any of the desired qualifications, explain how those experiences have also prepared you to contribute to the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry program.
Names and contact information of 3 references who will be contacted if invited for a final interview.
All required material should be uploaded as a single PDF document. Review of applications begins February 29, 2024. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Chrysoula Vasileiou (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the search committee, or to Professor Timothy Warren, Chair of the Department of Chemistry (email@example.com).
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