Overview

Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:

  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems

As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others—locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

Chief Purpose of this position: The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a non-tenure track assistant professor position in Physical Chemistry.

Position Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities will include the management, supervision and instruction of the undergraduate teaching laboratories and the instruction of the associated undergraduate chemistry course. For Physical Chemistry, the position will be for the physical chemistry laboratories and course (CHEZ313, CHEZ315; CHEM315). Brief description of the lab can be found at http://bulletin.vcu.edu/azcourses/chez/.

Required Qualifications: PhD in Chemistry or related field.
Employee must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience is encouraged

We seek applicants who are excited about teaching chemistry to a diverse pool of undergraduate students and working with graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) to create independent thinkers capable of addressing and solving the next generation of scientific and technological problems. Applicants must be willing to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment, participate in curriculum development, and effectively deliver course content. This renewable instructional position bring numerous opportunities for training undergraduate and graduate students, working on student’s independent research projects, and engaging with research faculty with a state-of-the-art instrumentation facility. Richmond is a fantastic place to live with numerous cultural events taking place throughout the year including the Richmond Folk Festival and RVA Street Festival as well as great restaurants to indulge your culinary tastes. The position is at the level of an assistant professor and there are university-wide procedures in place for faculty promotion to associate and then full professor. Our salaries are competitive and opportunities to teach in the summer are also possible. Physical chemists with applied industrial or government experiences are also encouraged to apply.

Virginia Commonwealth University enrolls ~ 29,000 students. Diversity is among our greatest assets at VCU and we strive to create and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment as we know this is the best approach to achieve universal excellence and success. In 2021, 29.2% of our freshmen identified as first-generation and 32.3% of our students were underrepresented minorities. The Department of Chemistry has 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 15 instructional term faculty appointments, 2 term facility directors, more than 400 undergraduate majors, and 75 graduate students. VCU Chemistry attracts a diverse student population including women, underrepresented minority students, and first-generation students. According to IPEDs (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System; 2019), we were 4th in African American BS Chemistry degrees (2nd among non-HBCU’s), 5th for women BS Chemistry degrees, and 9th for the total number of BS Chemistry degrees among 1137 Colleges and Universities in the USA. Further information can be found at the department website: https://chemistry.vcu.edu/.

Candidates need to submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a statement of teaching experience and interests, (3) a diversity and inclusion statement, and (4) a complete curriculum vitae to https://www.vcujobs.com/. In addition, the names of three references must be entered into VCUjobs.com; these individuals will be asked to provide recommendation letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Please contact Professor Sherif Moussa, Search Committee Chair for Physical Chemistry (smoussa@vcu.edu) with any questions about the position.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribution to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion. For more information and guidelines, see https://provost.vcu.edu/faculty/prospective/

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.


Position Type:
Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100
Tenure: Ineligible
Rank: Assistant Professor
Months: 9
Department: Chemistry


Salary:

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Sherif Moussa
Contact Email: smoussa@vcu.edu
Contact Phone: