Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, starting August 2014 with primary teaching responsibilities in instrumental analysis. The department anticipates conducting a tenure track search for this position in 2014/2015. Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm for liberal arts education and readiness to contribute, as needed, to the general chemistry and non-major chemistry curricula. A commitment to excellence in liberal arts education is required. Postdoctoral experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching is strongly preferred.


Teaching responsibilities will include the 400-level instrumental analysis lecture and lab as well as courses in introductory chemistry and general education science. Candidates may also have the option to participate in the supervision of independent research with students using departmental facilities. In addition, the candidate may have the opportunity to offer courses in the Environmental Studies program.


The Lake Forest College Chemistry department has an established history of emphasizing use of research-grade instrumentation across the curriculum beginning with a first year sequence that includes NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy and gas chromatography. Upper level students expand the use of instrumentation in the laboratory to include the use of IR, HPLC, spectrofluorimetry, GC-MS, X-ray crystallography, and flash photolysis.  Candidates should demonstrate an interest in maintaining and enhancing this departmental priority in instrumentation.


A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,500 students from over 47 states and 78 countries.  At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation.  The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community.  Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women and other members of historically underrepresented groups.


Applicants should send a CV, cover letter, and a statement of teaching interests/philosophy to (please use “Instrumental” in the subject field.) Three letters of recommendation and graduate school transcripts should be e-mailed under separate cover directly from the recommender. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.