Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry



Job description

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the full professor rank, beginning August 2019. This tenure-track full-time faculty position is a 9-month appointment.

The chair will maintain a research program, collaborate with other science faculty at Samford, stimulate undergraduate research, assist with faculty and curriculum development, recruit prospective students and represent the department faculty to the administration. The department chair will receive one course release per semester to facilitate the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree in a chemical science and have an established history of excellence in research, teaching and leadership. They also will have attained the rank of full professor or held the rank of associate professor (or the international equivalent) for at least three years at an accredited institution of higher education. All areas of expertise will be considered, with preference given to physical chemistry or biochemistry. The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of publication and achievement commensurate with full professor rank in the Department of Chemistry at Samford University.

Candidates must have a demonstrated history of effective collaborative and collegial leadership with evidence of judicious use of fiscal and spatial resources, and of active scholarship that incorporates students (particularly students from groups underrepresented in science) into research activities, presentations and publications. Candidates must have experience teaching undergraduate-level chemistry courses in an undergraduate-focused environment, and demonstrate successful application of principles of engaged and innovative teaching.

The department currently comprises eight full-time faculty members and offeres majors in chemistry and in biochemistry. For more information, see the department web page:

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has 366 full time faculty and more than 5,500 students. Samford is ranked 3rd in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, and has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The university is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The university offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin December 1, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit an application letter, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of leadership experience, and description of research interests and activities.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an “Application for Faculty Position” ( and the Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement (

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:
ATTN: Chair of Chemistry Department Chair Search
Samford University

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