1-Year Temporary Assistant Professor - Chemistry

  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Millersville, PA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Chemistry

Job Description


Requisition Number: F02532

Department: Chemistry

Job Summary/Basic Function

The Department of Chemistry at Millersville University invites applications for a one-year temporary position in Chemistry at the Assistant Professor rank beginning August 2022. A Ph.D. in Chemistry completed by the time of appointment is required. Primary teaching responsibilities will include lectures, recitations, and laboratories in introductory and/or organic chemistry. The ability to teach chemistry at the undergraduate level is required and must be addressed in at least two letters of reference. Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level with students from diverse backgrounds is essential. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and a successful interview and teaching demonstration are required.

A complete application comprises the following:
  • A cover letter summarizing how the applicant's education and experience match the required qualifications of the position.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of registrar-issued unofficial transcripts for all degrees conferred and in progress (the successful candidate will be required to provide registrar-issued official transcripts from the issuing institution(s) directly to the Provost's Office by the start date).
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Evidence of teaching ability.
  • Three current letters of reference, (applicant to submit names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals who will be contacted to upload current letters of reference directly to a confidential website). (These must include at least two current letters of recommendation attesting to teaching effectiveness).
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials far enough in advance of the closing date to allow time for their references to respond. If you choose to provide additional documentation, please upload these items as optional documents.

Please do not link your application to the position until you have uploaded all of the required documents and any optional documents you want to provide. You will not be able to change the materials submitted or upload any new additional materials, after the application process has been completed and you receive a confirmation number.

Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is one of the 14 public universities of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Our pillars of distinction include exceptionally strong student-faculty relationships, numerous programs of distinction, a beautiful campus and vibrant location, and successful job placement for our students. Our students' success, both inside and outside of the classroom, is our highest priority, and we provide numerous opportunities to facilitate their academic, personal, and social growth and development. Almost 70 baccalaureate programs are available for our 6,600 students to find their path. Several of our programs are multidisciplinary in nature, combining science, technology, and art to create a more progressive degree. One thousand graduate students enroll in 21 master's and three doctoral programs. Our faculty are highly respected in their fields and dedicated to the success of students in the classroom, research labs, and in campus life. Over 66,000 alumni live in all 50 states and in 72 countries around the world. We seek individuals who embrace and value our EPPIIC values of exploration, public mission, professionalism, inclusion, integrity, and compassion.

At Millersville University we are committed to fostering a learning and working environment that promotes the intersectionality of diversity to foster a climate of inclusion. Employing our EPPIIC values and the principles of Inclusive Excellence, we hold that an inclusive community is a core value that is an essential part of the foundation for our learning and working environment. Millersville University is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

The State System Employee Benefits Summary for faculty can be found at: https://www.passhe.edu/inside/HR/LR/Documents/APSCUF_July2019-June2023.pdf

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry completed by the time of appointment.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate-level introductory and/or organic chemistry addressed in at least two letters of reference and supported by any of the following: a) peer/supervisor review of teaching; b) student evaluations; c) teaching awards.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level.
  • Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Successful interview and teaching demonstration.
  • A complete application.

Job Description


Academic year workload-24 contact hours (full-time). No more than three preparations per semester. Primary teaching responsibility is in introductory and/or organic chemistry lectures, recitations, and laboratories. Hold a minimum of five office hours per week on no fewer than three days. Prepare course outline and syllabus, develop course materials and lesson plans, engage in the selection of textbook and other teaching aids necessary to the instruction of courses. Conduct classroom instruction for one or more courses in the curriculum at the higher education level. Teach pertinent course subject using lectures, demonstrations, class discussion, and other appropriate modes of educational delivery. Lead and monitor classroom instruction that promotes the educational and learning process in keeping with faculty academic freedom and responsibility. Foster student development. Participate in co-curricular activities such as department colloquia and honors seminars. Maintain laboratories and equipment. Be available to faculty and students for consultation and questions in your area of expertise.

For details, please see:
  • The CBA, Article 12.B.1, Effective teaching and fulfillment of professional responsibilities (p. 27);
  • The Millersville University Promotion Statement and particularly Section V.C.1 Teaching Effectiveness and Fulfillment of Professional Responsibilities (pp. 9-11); and
  • The Millersville University Tenure Statement, particularly the section titled Teaching Effectiveness and Fulfillment of Professional Responsibilities (pp. 3-4).

Pursue scholarly growth on an ongoing basis, both within and outside the subject discipline, in the academic profession.

For details, please see:
  • The CBA, Article 12.B.2, Continuing scholarly growth (p. 28);
  • The Millersville University Promotion Statement, particularly Section V.C.2 Continuing Scholarly Growth (pp. 11-13); and
  • The Millersville University Tenure Statement, particularly the section titled Continuing Scholarly Growth (pp. 4-6).

Provide service on an ongoing basis by contributing professionally to department and university governance outside the classroom for the university, professional community, and community at large, in a participatory, developmental, or advisory capacity.

For details, please see:
  • The CBA, Article 12.B.3, Service: contribution to the University and/or community (p. 28)
  • The Millersville University Promotion Statement, particularly Section V.C.3 Service: Contributions to the University and/or Community (pp. 13-15); and
  • The Millersville University Tenure Statement, particularly the section titled Service, Contributions to the University and/or Community (pp. 6-7).

May include but are not limited to: (1) supervising scholarly activities; and (2) other reasonable duties assigned within the faculty member's field of competence.


Please see the CBA, Article 12, Performance Review and Evaluation of Faculty (pp. 27-39).


The Millersville University Chemistry program is ACS-approved. The department has 11 faculty and approximately 100 undergraduate majors enrolled in B.S. chemistry programs, including options in biochemistry, engineering instrumentation automation, environmental, nanotechnology, polymer, and 3+4 pre-pharmacy, and a B.S.Ed. program in chemistry. Undergraduate education at Millersville is student-focused and includes a required research experience for all chemistry majors. Each faculty member has an individual research space, and student participation in peer-reviewed research is encouraged. The Chemistry Department maintains a wide range of instrumentation used for instructional labs as well as research endeavors. Millersville is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

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