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Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator - with faculty rank

Date Opened: 02-13-2013
Closing Date: when filled

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Southwestern University seeks applicants for a full-time, nine-month organic chemistry laboratory coordinator beginning in August 2013. The appointment is for a renewable non-tenure track staff member with faculty rank. Applicants must have completed a PhD in chemistry with in-depth skills and expertise in organic chemistry.  Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to chemical education research and innovative pedagogy are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will oversee the organic chemistry laboratory curriculum and develop innovative inquiry-based laboratories in collaboration with departmental faculty as part of our recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute award.  The laboratory coordinator will teach several sections of first- and second- semester organic chemistry laboratories and may contribute to other courses of study.  Additional responsibilities include on-going development and preparation of new laboratory material; maintaining instructional equipment; supervising and training undergraduate peer mentors; and assisting with course and departmental assessments.  The candidate must be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and education. Opportunities are also available to conduct research with undergraduate students. Candidates who have a strong commitment to enhancing diversity in academia are also preferred.

Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,250 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.  In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of downtown Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

To apply: Through Interfolio, applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment, a curriculum vitae including names of three references, and brief statement of teaching philosophy.  Email and paper applications will not be accepted. More information is available at   Applications will be reviewed beginning April 5, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Posted March 13, 2013.