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Assistant Professor of Chemistry, tenure-track

Apply now Job no: 493006
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry, to begin July 2024. Competitive candidates will have plans for an active research program rooted in experimental inorganic, physical or analytical methods, broadly defined, and a commitment to teaching excellence. The Department values familiarity with best practices in inclusive teaching and the ability to mentor undergraduate research students. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is required. 

The position will involve teaching five courses per year, including those in our introductory chemistry sequence. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach advanced lecture, seminar, or lab courses fitting their specialty. Chemistry faculty are expected to develop active research programs with Kenyon students that contribute to the field. Faculty research is supported by generous startup funding, a junior leave, annual support for travel and faculty development, and by the Office of Sponsored Faculty Projects. Support for summer research is provided through the Kenyon Summer Science Scholars Program. Kenyon College is ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges and has a reputation for exceptional teaching and scholarship with a student body of ~1900.  We are located on an idyllic campus in rural central Ohio, approximately 50 miles from Columbus, a diverse and growing metro area of ~1.7 million people. The Chemistry Department is composed of eight tenure-line faculty, growing to nine with this position, three staff supporting teaching and research, and an administrative assistant. We graduate ~20 students per year. We are housed in Tomsich Hall, which contains outstanding laboratories and instrumentation for research and teaching. Chemistry faculty participate in interdisciplinary programs including Environmental Studies, Computing, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience.

A complete application will include 1) a cover letter; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) a ~2-page statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy; 4) a statement of the applicant’s research and scholarship; and 5) undergraduate and graduate transcripts. After an initial screening, applicants may receive a request for the contact information for three references. The application should show, in the cover letter and other documents, why the candidate would thrive teaching at Kenyon, how their research will succeed in the context of a liberal arts college, and how they will promote a culturally and intellectually diverse and inclusive educational environment. A competitive application will cite specific examples of past accomplishments and prospective ideas. Candidates are invited to include a statement in their cover letter regarding how the Covid 19 pandemic affected their career trajectory. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website: Review of applications will begin on September 13, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.  Please direct questions to Yutan Getzler, Search Committee Chair (

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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