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Tenure-Track position at Columbia College Chicago

Assistant Professor, SCMT – Chemistry - (2100004S)


Columbia College Chicago actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. These principles are essential to the educational experiences of our students, staff, and faculty.

The Department of Science and Mathematics of Columbia College Chicago seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Chemistry beginning August 16, 2022.

The Department of Science and Mathematics at Columbia College Chicago invites applicants for a tenure-track position to teach introductory level, undergraduate courses in general chemistry sciences starting August 16, 2022. A Ph.D. is required with preference given to those with a Ph.D. in chemistry or other related chemistry disciplines, especially to candidates with familiarity with any of the following fields: Materials and Textiles Chemistry; Chemistry and the Arts, Dyes, Paints, Pigments; Environmental Chemistry; Hazardous Waste Management, Forensic Chemistry; Chemistry of Food and Agriculture; Chemical Education. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory chemistry courses with a customary teaching load of 3 courses a semester depending on the number of credits per course (lecture or lab) for a total of 18 credit hours per academic year.

In addition to expertise in their field, successful candidates must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials and be passionate about undergraduate education for non-science majors. We are particularly interested in candidates with research and/or experience teaching in the African, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous Diasporas.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) is home to 300 full- and part-time faculty and staff in the departments of Science and Mathematics, American Sign Language, English and Creative Writing, and Humanities, History, and Social Sciences. SLAS departments provide the bulk of the college’s general education curriculum, known as the “Columbia Core.” SLAS offers an MFA in Creative Writing and undergraduate majors in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, English, Creative Writing, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and Cultural Studies, and fifteen minors such as Black World Studies, Biology, Latino and Latin American Studies, Philosophy and Religion, Professional Writing, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach at the undergraduate level in areas assigned by the Department Chair.

  • Engage with broader scholarly and professional communities.

  • Supervise, advise, and mentor students.

  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high-quality, inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.

  • Commit to continuing professional development.

  • Provide service to the college, profession, and community.

  • Actively follow and promote Columbia College Chicago policies.

We seek individuals with a demonstrated ability to work with students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. All faculty members are expected to advance the College's DEI mission. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:


Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. is required with preference given to those with a Ph.D. in chemistry or other related chemistry disciplines.

Desired Qualifications

  • Professional experience and college teaching experience are highly desirable.

  • Experience with and evidence of commitment to the development of inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.

Application To apply for this position, submit the following materials online:

  • A letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications, and interest in the position.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • An Evidence of Inclusive Excellence Statement describing actions you have taken to support and advance diversity, equity, access and inclusion in service, teaching, or research/creative activity. Please be succinct with your response.

  • Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior consultation with the applicant.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For best consideration, apply by March 14, 2022.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

About the College

Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, the College is centered in one of the world's most lively urban cultural areas. Its many competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students, impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative practice.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

  • Position subject to a background screening.

  • This is a non-union position.

  • This position is overtime exempt.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Chicago

Job: Faculty

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Job Type: Standard

Job Level: Individual Contributor


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