Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry
The Chemistry Department at Berea
College invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Physical Chemistry
beginning in the Fall of 2024. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in physical
chemistry or a closely related field. Post-doctoral research and teaching
experience are highly desirable. Teaching responsibilities include general
chemistry, quantum chemistry, thermochemistry, an upper division advanced
laboratory, and contributions to Berea College’s general education curriculum.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a research
agenda that will actively involve undergraduate students. We seek candidates
who demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts
context and who can create an inclusive learning environment using evidence-based,
student-centered teaching. Successful candidates will, through their teaching,
research, or service, demonstrate that they can contribute to the diversity and
excellence of our community.
The Chemistry Department includes
five full-time faculty members and graduates an average of 10-15 majors per
year. The faculty at Berea College are dedicated to excellent undergraduate
teaching and robust research, particularly with students. Facilities include a
500 MHz NMR, FT-IR, luminescence spectrometer, UV/Vis spectrometer,
electrospray mass spec, GCs with mass spec detector and TCD detector, HPLC,
flame atomic absorption spectrometer, a CHNS/O elemental analyzer, and benchtop
SEM with EDS detector.
applicants should send a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, graduate and
undergraduate academic transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a
description of a research program that could be pursued with undergraduates,
and three letters of recommendation. Review of
applications will begin October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is
in 1855, Berea College is nationally
recognized as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South.
Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the
most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea
enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S territories and more than 70 countries.
Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all
of them with a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $190,000. Berea’s
students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment,
and most are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine
federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work
10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again
named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their
College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best
387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the
publication: Best Colleges in the South; Best Value Colleges; Best Green
Colleges; and Tuition Free Schools. The Wall Street Journal/Times
Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings lists Berea as the #3 Best
Value Colleges and 148 among 250 ranked colleges
(highest-ranked Kentucky college). The Washington Monthly ranks
Berea College #5 among Liberal arts Colleges, and #1 Best Bang for the Buck in
the South. U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #26 among
National Liberal Arts Colleges, #3 for Most Innovative Schools, #6 in Top
Performers in Social Mobility, and tied for #16 in Best Undergraduate Teaching. Money (2022) ranks Berea #20 Best Overall College and #10 for
Best in the South.
where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea
(pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two
hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea
College is available at www.berea.edu.
College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social
equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.