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Assistant Professor of Instruction, Assistant Lab Director of General Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University anticipates hiring an Assistant Professor of Instruction to serve as Assistant Lab Director of General Chemistry (non-tenure track.) The successful candidate will work with the Lab Director to establish an integrated set of learning objectives for the general chemistry laboratory courses; develop inquiry-based experiments and other approaches to improve student learning and persistence in these courses and the corresponding lecture courses; develop or implement valid assessments of student learning in the general chemistry laboratory courses; disseminate work through scholarly publications and lesson plans for internal use. This position will also include teaching assistant training and mentoring, delivering laboratory lectures, and overseeing laboratory sessions.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Education, or a related field, have demonstrated excellence in teaching, and have familiarity with emerging pedagogical trends and developments, particularly regarding laboratory learning, issues related to diversity and inclusion, and assessment techniques. The successful candidate must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and be interested in advancing educational innovations to improve persistence of diverse student populations in the STEM disciplines. This position is a continuing faculty position with an initial appointment of two years. It is full time and benefits eligible.

POSITION AVAILABLE: September 1, 2017, with the possibility of an earlier start date.

TO APPLY: Application materials should be submitted to the application link found at https://facultysearch.weinberg.northwestern.edu/apply/index/MjIw by January 13, 2017. To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be received by this date. Questions regarding the position should be sent chemsearch@northwestern.edu.

AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please apply here:  https://facultysearch.weinberg.northwestern.edu/apply/index/MjIw

Applications will only be accepted online (see links above). Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files. All required fields are marked with an asterisk and must be filled in before clicking on the “Submit” button. Incomplete applications cannot be saved.

  • Prepare a separate PDF (8MB max file size) for each of your documents.
    Please save or “print to PDF” all of your individual documents. Alternately, you may scan your documents to PDF. The first method is preferred, however, because it retains text recognition capabilities.
  • Prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references.
    Three references are required.  Please note that your references will not be automatically contacted to upload letters of recommendation upon completion of your application.  You will be notified if and when your references are contacted to upload letters. 
  • Submit application.
    When your PDF files and list of references are complete, you may proceed to the online application (see links above). All required fields must be filled in before you click on the “Submit” button. The system will not accept incomplete applications. You will receive an email confirmation shortly after your application has been received.
To report a problem with the online application process, please send a detailed email to chemsearch@northwestern.edu.