Visiting Instructor (General and Inorganic or Analytical Chemistry)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position of Visiting Instructor (or Assistant Professor with appropriate qualifications) in the Department of Chemistry to begin September 1, 2022.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Department of Chemistry seeks to provide a stimulating intellectual environment by cultivating a highly engaged community of scholars. Central to our approach is the pursuit of scholarship through both independent and collaborative student-faculty research. We aim to challenge students to pursue an understanding of the natural world through study of and research in chemistry in order to develop scientifically-minded citizens and competent experimental scientists. We aspire for our students to appreciate interdisciplinary perspectives and problem-solving approaches, and to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. Overall, we aim to value and support the development of whole persons for all members of our learning community. For more information, visit the department's website at:

The Chemistry Department is committed to supporting, mentoring, and collaborating with visiting faculty in their work and in professional development. Although research is not required for this position, we provide lab space and modest supply funds for visiting faculty if they wish to conduct research with our students. This is in addition to campus-wide orientation and mentoring, modest conference travel support, and other faculty development opportunities available to visiting faculty through the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning:

Major/Essential Functions: The teaching assignment will be between 24 and 28 contact hours, depending on the needs of the department and preference of the successful candidate. The fall semester teaching assignment is General Chemistry lecture and lab sections (CHE-106 Introduction to Chemical Principles and/or CHE-107 Principles of Chemistry). Responsibilities in the spring will depend on the candidate’s expertise and will include either CHE-258 Inorganic Chemistry I (labs) or CHE-270 Quantitative Analysis (labs and possibly lecture). Laboratory preparation and teaching assistant support is provided by the department. The successful candidate will also have the option to teach a one-month January Term course on a topic related to chemistry (determined in consultation with the department chair and appropriate to the candidate’s expertise). Prior January Term course topics have included fermentation, cooking, nanomaterials, forensic science, and research-based courses, for example.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry or a related field (Ph.D. or A.B.D. preferred)
  • A commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a general, inorganic, or analytical chemistry instructor.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching

Posted June 28, 2022


Brandy Russell | | 507-933-7320

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2022

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