Assistant/Associate Professor - #002590

Western Carolina University

United States

November 11, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number FAC487P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // Classification Title Assistant/Associate Professor Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor - #002590 Department Chemistry & Physics Position Summary

WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a “Get Vaccinated or Get Tested” policy effective September 15, 2021. This will require you demonstrate evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for a 9- month tenure-track faculty position in physical chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting August 1, 2022. Rank will be determined at point of hire.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at WCU offers B.S. degrees in Chemistry (including an ACS-certified degree program) and Forensic Science, an M.S. degree in Chemistry (both as a stand-alone program and as part of an accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program), and minors in chemistry and physics. The Department of Chemistry & Physics is located in the new Tom Apodaca Science Building, which provides the department with state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space.

Candidates whose teaching and research interests support the physical chemistry discipline are preferred. Of particular interest are candidates whose research agendas are at the interface of chemistry subdisciplines, such as biophysical, physical organic, and polymer chemistry. Applicants that can integrate both computational and bench chemistry into their teaching and research programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Commitment to Diversity/Equity:

All departments within the College of Arts & Sciences at Western Carolina University, including the department of Chemistry & Physics, are committed to attracting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. At the College of Arts & Sciences, we value our faculty's and staff's unique identities and varied experiences. As a college community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace. College of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff engage positivity-focused perspectives as allies and collaborators where potential for impactful change and movement toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity are goals. Racial and ethnic minoritized individuals, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications

The minimum educational/professional requirement for the position is a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field. Although post-doctoral or other professional experience beyond the Ph.D. is welcome, ABD candidates are also encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 9

Open Date 09/20/2021

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials must be submitted online and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) research philosophy and plan; 5) list of three references (including contact information); and 6) unofficial transcripts. The submitted teaching philosophy (ca. 2 pages) should include a description of the types of courses the applicant would most like to teach. See for current course offerings. The submitted research philosophy and plan (ca. 3 – 5 pages) should specifically address how the applicant's scholarship will support the education of undergraduate and Master's-level students. Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Jamie Wallen at


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • List of references
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Optional Documents

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