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  • Position Number: 1105897
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY
  • Position Type: premium
Instructor of Chemistry at WKU

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About Western Kentucky University:

WKU aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU\\\\\\'s main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. WKU also serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

About Department of Chemistry:

The Department of Chemistry engages students at the graduate (MS) level and the undergraduate level, including involvement of students from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, a nationally-renowned residential high school. With 22 faculty members, over 200 undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors, and over 25 active Master's students, the department seeks to actively engage students by presenting challenging academics and opportunities for research in a variety of disciplines, and modeling good scientific practice. The department has a large general chemistry program servicing approximately 750 students each academic year. WKU has a new science building, Ogden College Hall, opening in January 2018 with generously-planned space for an excellent General Chemistry and service course laboratory program. The college also has a variety of instructional spaces that may accommodate numerous teaching styles.

Job Description:

The Department of Chemistry in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering at WKU invites applications for a full-time, permanent, 9-month, non-tenure-eligible faculty position at the rank of Instructor, starting in August 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the freshman and sophomore levels, play a significant role in the implementation and management of General Chemistry laboratory programs in the department, and serve on Department and University committees appropriate to their expertise and interest.

The Department of Chemistry and Ogden College of Science and Engineering are fully committed to increasing the diversity of the WKU community. All candidates should identify their strengths or experiences in this area. The successful candidate will help facilitate the department in recruiting and retaining a more diverse student population. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Master of Science or earned doctorate in Chemistry or Biochemistry

  • Evidence of excellence in teaching courses in introductory and general chemistry

  • Evidence of experience in a supervisory role

  • Evidence of ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of students and fellow faculty

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through our electronic talent management system at by December 15, 2017 to ensure consideration in the initial round of review, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of application

  • Current Curriculum Vita

  • Unofficial transcripts

  • Statement of teaching philosophy – applicants are encouraged to discuss any experience working with diverse populations and how they would support the learning experience of students who reflect diverse demographics

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received.

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