Chemistry Term Faculty 2018 – 3 year appt

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

Job description

The Chemistry Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN seeks applicants for a teaching position in Organic Chemistry. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in the organic chemistry curriculum during the academic year and teach the organic chemistry courses and labs during the summer school terms.

While laboratory research is not expected, curricular lab development will be encouraged. With a preferred start date of June 1, 2018, this position will be for a three-year term contingent on positive evaluations after the first and second years. Contract renewal after the third year may be possible. Future teaching opportunities might include introductory chemistry courses in addition to organic chemistry, depending upon the successful candidates interests and department needs. Appointment will be as an instructor or visiting assistant professor, depending on whether a Ph.D. is completed.

Questions can be directed to:

Douglas Beussman, Chair of Chemistry

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

How to apply

All applicants must submit application materials online at A complete application includes:

  1. a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, including how your qualifications fit the needs outlined above, and why you are interested in this particular teaching position.
  2. a current curriculum vitae,
  3. unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts,
  4. a statement of teaching which includes your teaching interests and goals, ideas about pedagogical approaches, and reflection on the experience you have had (about 2 pages), and
  5. the names and email contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom and laboratory teaching.

Applicants are expected to have completed, or be near completion of, a Ph.D. in an appropriate field.

When your online application is complete, an email request for a letter of recommendation with a link to upload the letter will be sent to the persons you have indicated. You may wish to contact your letter writers personally to advise them that the request will be arriving shortly and a timely response would be appreciated.

We will begin reviewing applications on February 12, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

St. Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in 1874 by a group of Norwegian-American immigrant pastors and farmers, led by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college is named after Olaf II of Norway, former king and patron saint of Norway.