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Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Analytical)   

Tell me about the position. 

This is a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry position to begin fall 2017. The position became available in early June when our Analytical Chemist accepted a position outside of academia. Candidates are expected to be deeply committed to teaching at an undergraduate liberal arts college and should remain active in areas of scholarship in their field with a desire to involve undergraduates in their scholarship. 

What credentials are necessary?

The position requires the candidate hold a PhD in Analytical Chemistry or a closely related area. Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in instrument troubleshooting and repair.

What and where is Wofford College?

Wofford is a highly selective, nationally ranked, Phi Beta Kappa, residential liberal arts institution of 1600 undergraduate students. Wofford offers an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into a range of high-impact educational experiences, including study abroad, living-learning communities, internship and entrepreneurship opportunities, and many more. The campus is located in downtown Spartanburg, SC, an international commerce center known as the Hub City. Wofford College is located approximately 30 miles from Greenville, SC, about an hour west of the major urban area of Charlotte, NC; 2.5 hours east of Atlanta, GA; 1.5 hours south of Asheville, NC; 1.5 hours north of Columbia, SC (the state capital); and 3 hours from Charleston, SC. The Blue Ridge Mountains are less than an hour away and offer many opportunities for outdoor activities. Spartanburg is a growing and diverse community that supports six other diverse college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Housing in the Upstate of South Carolina is affordable.

Find out much more about Wofford at http://www.wofford.edu/about/fastfacts/.  For information on Spartanburg, visit: There's Only One. Spartanburg.

Tell me about the Chemistry Department.

The Chemistry department has  ~85 declared majors and ~10 minors. We graduated 18 seniors in May of 2016, many with double majors and many who have studied abroad for a semester. The remaining faculty include six full-time chemists all holding PhD degrees and one General Chemistry adjunct. Five of the full-time chemists are tenured. The Chemistry Department occupies the third floor in the Roger Milliken Science Center (RMSC), which we share with the Departments of Biology, Psychology and Physics. Environmental Studies is located in an adjacent building. Colleagues from all these departments will befriend and mentor the successful candidate. 

The College is well known in the Carolinas for its strong science programs. Our graduates comprise a disproportionately large fraction of those admitted to the three medical schools and the dental school in South Carolina. While we acknowledge that research is an important aspect of a student’s experience, we are primarily a teaching institution. We have no graduate programs; professors are responsible for courses and their labs. We have a full-time chemistry laboratory manager to assist with all labs; upper level undergraduate majors serve as lab assistants and peer tutors. In addition, we have a departmental assistant to support the faculty.

More about the Chemistry Department may be found at http://www.wofford.edu/chemistry/. Meet the Chemistry faculty and staff at http://www.wofford.edu/chemistry/faculty.aspx.

What are the teaching responsibilities?

You will be entirely responsible for teaching Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 411) and Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 214) and their associated labs. There are typically 12-16 chemistry majors enrolled in CHEM 411 and 20-24 students (majors or minors) enrolled in CHEM 214. Both of these classes are 6 contact hours and 4 credit hours. Instrumental Analysis is offered every fall while Analytical Chemistry is offered every spring.

In addition to teaching these two courses for majors, you will be part of the General Chemistry sequence (CHEM 123 and 124, both 6 contact hours, 4 credit hour classes) and their associated labs. There are generally 20-24 students (majors and non-majors) enrolled in each of these courses with multiple sections being offered each term. All chemistry faculty are involved in teaching the General Chemistry courses each semester. The Assistant Professor will be encouraged to collaborate with the other faculty teaching General Chemistry. Students have the same professor for lecture and lab in all of our courses. The Assistant Professor will benefit tremendously from “sitting in” on the lecture sections and lab of an experienced colleague. Faculty vary in terms of how they organize class meetings and how much they expect their students to use on-line resources provided with the textbook. If you’re an inexperienced teacher interested in pedagogy, you’ll find Wofford to be a great place to learn about teaching and learning.

Catalog course descriptions may be found at http://catalog.wofford.edu/courses-programs-departments/chemistry/#coursestext.

Are there other expectations?

The Assistant Professor of Chemistry must work collaboratively with other chemistry faculty/staff. You are expected to be available during regular/daily office hours and via email to assist your students. There are no expectations of research either individually or in collaboration with our students outside of the courses for which you are responsible. However, opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with students is available, but not required of this position. You will not have committee assignments nor academic advisees during your first year. You are not expected to offer an Interim (January term) course during your first year. Thereafter, we expect you to fully embrace the spirit of engagement at our liberal arts institution. You are expected to attend and contribute to meetings of the Chemistry Department, which are as often as once per month and full meetings of the faculty monthly during the academic year. Faculty are expected to be involved in college committees and participate in academic advising. After your first year, you will have academic advising responsibilities, typically for ~15 chemistry majors and ~8 first year students that have not declared a major. Advising is facilitated by Degree Works software. 

What about the January Interim Term at Wofford?

During the month of January, faculty and students are permitted to concentrate on a single study project. These projects are designed to move beyond traditional classroom courses and teaching methods and to encourage innovative, experiential learning. Projects are graded on an Honors/Pass/Fail basis, which allows students to explore projects in which they have interest but not necessarily a full background, without risking their GPA. Students annually enroll in on-campus projects, internships, service learning, and travel/study projects. Students are also able to propose independent study projects.

You will not be expected to offer or participate in an Interim 2018 project, although you might find it exciting and enlightening to collaborate on a project that has already been approved. We would be interested to hear what you would be excited to offer as Interim courses.

http://www.wofford.edu/interim/ 

What support will I have?

The chemistry faculty, our Administrative Assistant (Susan Thomas), and Chemistry Laboratory Manager (Tammy Cooper) are quite supportive. Your office will be one of the eight offices on the third floor of RMSC. Most of us have lunch every day with our colleagues from across the campus in the Faculty-Staff Dining Room (FDR). The FDR is a lively place with rich and diverse conversations where strong friendships develop. Faculty members from all departments are generally passionate about teaching and often share stories and strategies. A candidate interested in honing teaching skills will quickly discover that Wofford College provides remarkable opportunities to do so.

What about compensation?

Your salary as an Assistant Professor reflects this responsibility and our expectations, as well as commensurate with your experience. The compensation should be competitive and is established with the Provost. The College provides a competitive benefits package including contributions to retirement funds.  For a brief summary of benefits, click here.

When would I start?

Pre-session workshops for faculty occur in late August. Classes typically begin on the first Monday in September.

How do I apply?

All applications should include the following materials:

  • A letter of application
  • A statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy (which should include an articulation of interest in, and understanding of, working at a residential, liberal arts college)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and phone numbers of three professional references
  • Graduate transcripts (copies are sufficient initially)

Applicants are welcome to include supplementary evidence of teaching effectiveness and published articles.

Submit all materials, ordered as above, electronically as one pdf file to ChemistrySearch@Wofford.edu by Thursday, December 15, 2016. 

Who should I contact?

Dr. Jameica B. Hill
Professor and Chair, Chemistry
429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303

hilljb@wofford.edu
Office phone: 864-597-4635 

Wofford is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from members of under-represented groups.

To learn about Wofford, explore www.wofford.edu. For information about the Chemistry Department, go to http://www.wofford.edu/chemistry/.