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Boise State University
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Posted: 09/27/2021
Teaching Assistant Professor

Job Summary / Purpose:

Boise State University Dept. Chemistry & Biochemistry seeks to fill Two Non-tenure Track Teaching Faculty positions to begin in August 2022. These positions are eligible for promotion to the associate and full level. The primary teaching duties will be in either 1) Physical Chemistry & Physical Chemistry labs; or 2) Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry lab, and Advanced Synthesis. The position assignments are approximately 80% teaching and 20% departmental service. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (position 1), Organic Chemistry (position 2) or related scientific field, and prior teaching experience.

Teaching in an academic setting and engaging in professionally related departmental, college, and university service. Teaching Faculty play a critical role in the professional curricula. They support the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education and are committed to the success of our students and the university. This primarily involves teaching effectiveness and engaging in professionally related service.

Department Overview:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society and offers a Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Chemistry. Our faculty members conduct research in areas such as drug discovery, cosmochemistry, astrobiology, prebiotic chemistry, archaeological science, computational chemistry, enzyme mechanisms, RNA and protein chemistry, and polymer chemistry. Our faculty members participate and mentor PhD graduate students in transdisciplinary programs including Materials Science and Engineering, Biomolecular Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Computing, and Systems Engineering (planned). 

The department's vision is to “Promote student success through excellence in chemistry.” We realize this vision by providing exceptional student research experiences and a curriculum that includes developing critical thinking skills, independent research projects, instrumentation training, exceptional laboratory practices, and mastery of scientific writing. As a Carnegie R2 ranked institution (Ph.D. granting, high research activity) we are dedicated to our research and curriculum goals, and successful candidates for this position will complement our culture goal to “Work in a department that embraces a team spirit of cooperation and respect for all.”

Level Scope:

The Clinical Assistant Professor is a member of the non-tenured faculty with an entry-level rank and primary duties in the area of clinical instruction.

Essential Functions:

The major responsibility of the teaching faculty involves teaching students in academic settings and engaging in professionally related service. While they may, they are not required to participate in research or scholarship activities as part of their regular assignment. The essential duties and responsibilities of teaching faculty are assigned by the academic Department Chair or equivalent administrator.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

In accordance with discipline and departmental standards and expectations

  • Oral and written communication skills.

  • Meet required attendance and submission deadlines.

  • Ability to create, articulate, and assess course learning outcomes.

  • Effectiveness in creating engaging, student-centered course materials. 

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

  • Manage effective, friendly, and civil working relationships with staff, faculty, students, alumni, guests, and others at the university.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physical or Organic Chemistry or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Postdoctoral or equivalent experience in physical or organic chemistry

  • Evidence of teaching and/or mentoring and interest in using evidence-based pedagogical techniques (as demonstrated in the teaching statement)

  • Demonstrated commitment to student success, especially for students who, historically, have not been well served by higher education

Salary & Benefits: 

The salary is negotiable commensurate with education and qualifications and experience. Opportunities exist to earn supplemental salary by teaching additional courses during the summer session.  Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials: 

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum vitae, which includes employment history (including dates of employment), courses taught, and professional activities including service

  • Statement of teaching philosophy (one page maximum) -- a description of courses you can teach and develop, how you will implement evidence-based instructional practices, and how your pedagogy is intentionally linked to student success

  • A list of three professional references and their contact information

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework