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Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Apply now Job no: 528724
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences


Organic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Fullerton (http://chemistry.fullerton.edu) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in organic chemistry at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in August 2024.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution, affirmative action, and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. CSUF is committed to retaining all faculty and has established affinity groups you can join to support your success. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to the mission that teaching and research are intricately mixed and that by providing our students with high-quality classroom instruction and hands-on involvement in research, we prepare them for successful careers in science. We welcome applications from candidates excited to support this mission while working with a diverse student body, including underrepresented populations, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

The successful candidates will be expected to teach and mentor a diverse student population, initiate and sustain an active research program involving undergraduate and master’s students and devote time to engaging in departmental, college, and university service.  New faculty receive start-up funds, research lab space, and reduced instructional workload over their first two years to establish a research program. Multiple avenues exist for professional development, including learning communities, individually tailored mentoring, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) related initiatives.

Required Qualifications
To be considered qualified for this position, the applicants must have:

  • a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or a closely related field, and relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.
  • a strong commitment to and demonstrated potential for effective teaching using student-centered, active learning and inquiry-based approaches. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate-level organic chemistry lectures and laboratory courses.
  • a record of research productivity in organic chemistry or closely related fields.
  • a demonstrated potential for developing and sustaining an independent, funded research program involving undergraduate and master’s level students leading to peer-reviewed publications.
  • the ability to communicate with and effectively mentor an ethnically and culturally diverse campus population.

Application Procedure 
A complete online application must be received to receive consideration.  To apply, please go to: https://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/faculty.php, choose full-time faculty, and search for position 528724 to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

  1. Cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching statement that includes the following: teaching philosophy that describes how you will incorporate any of the following into your teaching: student-centered, active learning and inquiry-based approaches, while also discussing methods to teach a diverse student population and any relevant teaching experience (2-page limit)
  4. Research statement that includes the following: research experience and research goals, description of projects specifically designed to engage undergraduate and Master’s students, mentorship plan for involving undergraduate and Master’s students from diverse backgrounds in research, strategies to obtain funding and anticipated equipment needs (4-page limit)
  5. Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence. This statement provides your unique perspective on past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in your professional career. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas (2-page limit).
  6. Three signed letters of reference on official letterhead stationary (see instructions below).

Finalists for the position will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have referents ready to submit letters when needed, as the timeframe for submitting the letters will be short.  On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.

For inquiries, e-mail phudson@fullerton.edu  

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin September 1, 2023, and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed.

The Department
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://chemistry.fullerton.edu) comprises 16 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty with over 400 undergraduate majors and 35 master’s students.  Degrees offered are the BA in Chemistry, BS in Chemistry, and BS in Biochemistry, with optional emphasis in Environmental Chemistry, and the MS in Chemistry (which includes chemistry and biochemistry subspecialties).  In serving the State of California, our department is committed to developing a diverse faculty with rich personal and educational experiences. We welcome applicants who are highly motivated to engage in research supervision of a diverse student body and are committed to effective and culturally sensitive teaching. We look forward to having candidates who will join us in contributing their talent, expertise, and perspective to providing excellent educational and research opportunities for the next generation of scientists, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators. We are committed to an educational program that provides high-quality teaching and research experiences for our students. From lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry, organic, analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry to specialized courses, our students are exposed to a wide, interdisciplinary knowledge base. 

The Department is located in two buildings – McCarthy Hall and Dan Black Hall that house a growing inventory of major instrumentation ( https://www.fullerton.edu/chemistry/research/Facilities.php). A broad variety of modern, research-grade instruments and facilities are available and shared within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  Faculty in the department have successfully obtained extramural funding from various agencies, including NSF, NIH, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and others.  The University also houses program grants supporting students in specific undergraduate research programs, such as NIH-URISE and NIH-MHIRT, and LSAMP.  Some faculty members in the department are active in the Center for Applied Biotechnology whereas others are involved in centers concerned with computational and applied mathematics and discipline-based science/chemistry education research.

The University and College
The California State University system produces nearly half of California's bachelor's degrees and around 6% of the nation's bachelor's degrees each year. California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is the largest of these 23 campuses and one of only two four-year public Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Orange County, where 34% of the county's 3.18 million residents identify as Hispanic or Latino. The 2023 U.S. News & World Report ranked CSUF number 83 in the top public schools in the nation and number 7 in top performers on social mobility. According to the October 14, 2021, issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, CSUF is ranked third in the nation and first in California for awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented students in all disciplines, third in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, and tenth in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Asian Americans.

The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM; http://www.fullerton.edu/nsm) is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately mixed and that undergraduate research, when properly approached, is an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is NSM's greatest strength. Through the combination of quality instruction, student involvement in research, and strong academic advisement, NSM provides its students with the best education possible.

There are mechanisms to support faculty teaching and research at the college, university, and California State University system level. The Faculty Development Center (https://fdc.fullerton.edu/) provides training and resources for effective, student-centered teaching. Project RAISE (https://www.fullerton.edu/projectraise/) provides funding for community college students to perform full-time summer research in faculty research labs. Annual internal funding opportunities focus on support for publication writing, grant writing, and student summer research. The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (https://www.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/research/csuperb) provides funding opportunities and an annual conference focused on biotechnology (broadly defined).

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 monthly (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $6,856 to $7,000 per month. 

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/california_equal_pay_act.htm). 

Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.

CSUF Benefits
An excellent comprehensive benefits package includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system and optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.

CSU Policies
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and must comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

Notice of Non-Discrimination based on Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (http://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/about/notice.php).

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. It requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

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