Whitworth University in Washington

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 16, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

College of Arts and Sciences
Start Date:  July 1, 2014


Application review will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled.


The Department of Chemistry at Whitworth University is seeking qualified applicants for a lecturer position for the 2014-2015 academic year. The lecturer position is a 9-month, non-tenure track appointment with the possibility of renewal. There are no research, advising, or governance expectations for this position.


Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West.  In its strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to Christian mission and service, academic rigor, and care for students.  A community of Christian scholars carries out the universitys mission to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart to enable students to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. 


The Chemistry department at Whitworth University provides a stimulating environment in which students can use the latest technology in course and lab work, and also have opportunities for advanced research.  The department provides faculty and students access to modern instrumentation including a multinuclear 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, GC/MS, DSC, a high through-put HPLC system with autosampler, a fluorimeter, several UV-Vis and IR spectrometers, and various other instruments supporting individual research projects.  The chemistry department is located in Robinson Science Hall, a 63,000 sq. ft. facility which opened in Fall 2011.  State-of-the-artteaching and research laboratorieswithin Robinson provide space for teaching laboratories, individual faculty-student research space, and sharedinstrumentation. Classrooms are equipped with computerized teaching stations and demonstration podiums.  The small class sizes typical in the department encourage students to become active learners in their own education, and helps foster close relationships between students and faculty members. 


The Chemistry department is thriving and growing as supported by student demand and the Universitys strategic plan.  In the last few years, the number of chemistry students has increased 60% and typically 20-25 students graduate with a chemistry major each year.  Recent graduates have been accepted to excellent chemistry graduate schools (for example, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, and Cal Tech), medical schools (for example, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University), in addition to finding employment opportunities directly after graduation.


Primary Teaching Responsibilities:

Primary teaching responsibilities may include a combination of the following: organic chemistry courses and/or laboratories in the fall and spring semesters, possible upper-division laboratories in either thermochemistry or biochemistry (depending on area of expertise) in the spring, and other lower division laboratories or courses as needed. The anticipated teaching load is approximately 15 credit hours.


Other Responsibilities: 

Participate in departmental meetings and activities.


Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field preferred (ABD or MS may be considered).
  • The ability and desire to teach sophomore level organic chemistry and upper-division laboratory courses.
  • Demonstrated potential as a university-level teacher, possessing strong relational skills with students and colleagues.
  • A commitment to science education in a liberal arts setting and working with a broad student population to explore the nature of the scientific enterprise and the interaction between science and society.
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue to work legally for the duration of appointment.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English.
  • Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives.
  • A commitment to equal opportunity for all persons.
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  • Background check required.


Application Process: 

Please submit the following seven required application documents.

  1. A letter of interest
  2. Your curriculum vita
  3. The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references who are able to evaluate your teaching (recommendations will be requested after the applicant pool has been narrowed).
  4. Your graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial).
  5. Three recent student course evaluations or a note explaining why they are not available.
  6. 6.      A short personal essay characterizing your Christian faith. For expanded guidelines, please see (


We prefer that application documents be sent by email attachment to

If this is not convenient, you may mail them to the following address:


Human Resource Services, Auld House

Attn: Chair, Chemistry Faculty Search Committee

Whitworth University

300 West Hawthorne Road

Spokane, WA 99251 


For more information please contact Deanna Ojennus (


Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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