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Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry

Posted: 12/21/2020

Bemidji State University (BSU) invites qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 
Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time instructor to teach undergraduate courses both online and on campus. The Department currently houses undergraduate programs including an ACS accredited BS in Chemistry and other emphases in Biochemistry/Biotechnology, Criminalistics, and Environmental Chemistry.  The Department also has a joint program with the Department of Biology for a BS in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. We are a growing Department and seek opportunities to increase student involvement in faculty mentored research projects. Although this position appointment is limited, we expect a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of chemistry to be available within the year. We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and seek applicants who share our vision.
Responsibilities of the Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry include:

  • Teaching biochemistry, biochemistry laboratory, and other upper division courses in an area of their expertise.   The incumbent would also be expected to teach lower division courses, such as principles of chemistry, general chemistry, consumer chemistry and criminalistics and their associated laboratories as needed by the Department.
  • Designing and delivering on-campus and/or online courses, as needed.
  • Pursuing research activities in their area of expertise.  This research should be complimentary to that of current faculty members and involve undergraduate students.
  • Contributing to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising, service to the University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values.
  • Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the Department, including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities. 
  • Assisting with programmatic accreditation as required by the American Chemical Society.
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
  • Earned doctorate in biochemistry or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution at the start of employment. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching is required.
  • Two (2) years of teaching experience (including graduate student teaching experience).
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Skills and ability to design and deliver online courses with D2L Brightspace or similar software, or be willing to obtain the necessary skills for online course design and delivery.
  • Experience or willingness to teach associated courses for the department’s BCMB (Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology) and Criminalistics emphases.  Experience using instrumentation related to these areas is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and/or interest in working with students and colleagues from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.
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