Chemistry & Environmental Studies and Sciences

Job Type
Job Rank
Assistant Professor
Job Institution
Gonzaga University
Job Description

Gonzaga University in Spokane WA is searching for a full-time skilled teacher-scholar to join and expand our new interdisciplinary undergraduate Environmental Sciences program at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will be jointly appointed between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and our new colleague will teach and advise in both departments. We are looking for an environmental chemist whose research examines the effects of anthropogenic activities on chemical processes in aquatic, atmospheric, and terrestrial systems (e.g. atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, or aquatic chemistry). Candidates should have laboratory- and/or field-based research projects that can support the departments’ strong undergraduate research programs and complement the existing expertise in the departments. Ideal applicants will have demonstrated experience mentoring undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds and identities, including those historically marginalized in the sciences (e.g., first-generation students, students from low-income families, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities).

We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching that promotes inclusive and equity-minded learning environments. We are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research integrates chemical systems with socio-cultural systems and can complement the interdisciplinary nature of our environmental studies and environmental science programs.  Ideally, a candidate’s research in air, water, soil, or energy systems would be applicable to the Inland Northwest. Teaching responsibilities include introductory environmental chemistry courses for environmental science and non-science majors and upper-division chemistry courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Teaching responsibilities may also include introductory and foundational courses in both departments (Chemistry and Biochemistry and Environmental Studies and Sciences).  Total teaching load will be 15 credit hours per year (typically 17 – 21 contact hours.)

The Chemistry and Biochemistry and Environmental Studies and Sciences Departments and the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to inclusive excellence, and actively promote the success of a diverse population of undergraduate students, staff, and faculty. Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission of educating students “for lives of leadership and service for the common good.” The University is committed to fostering “a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.” Successful applicants will have read the mission statement and engaged with it throughout the application.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry, or a related discipline
  • Expertise in chemical processes in aquatic, subsurface, and/or atmospheric environmental chemistry
  • Research focused on the role of anthropogenic change as evidenced through environmental chemical processes.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching undergraduate students

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year experience of Post-doctoral or other equivalent in related field.
  • Ability to effectively communicate environmentally-focused scientific information to non-science majors
  • Evidence of engaging teaching at the undergraduate level that integrates chemical systems with socio-cultural systems.
  • Expertise in theoretical and applied environmental analysis and modeling
  • A lab- or field-based research program that can support undergraduate research
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students with a variety of backgrounds and identities, including those historically marginalized in the sciences
  • Evidence of effectively working with or within communities historically marginalized in the sciences
  • Evidence of engagement with Gonzaga’s mission in application materials

Job Duties:

  • Teach 15 credit hours of courses per year (typically 17 – 21 contact hours.) Teaching responsibilities include introductory courses in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and Environmental Studies and Sciences, introductory and upper-division environmental chemistry, and upper-division courses in the candidate’s area of specialization.
  • Establish a lab and/or field-based research program in environmental chemistry. Mentor and oversee undergraduate research assistants involved in the research. Communicate results through peer-reviewed papers, presentations, and other communications appropriate to the discipline.
  • Provide academic and career advising and mentoring to 15 - 25 undergraduate students per year.
  • Support the departments, university, and discipline through service and other forms of academic citizenship.

 Who we are:

Gonzaga is a primarily undergraduate institution committed to teaching excellence. The departments will provide support for developing engaging, inclusive, interactive courses that meet our learning objectives. In addition, Gonzaga’s Center for Teaching and Advising provides regular faculty development and education opportunities, including an optional New Faculty Learning Community program to help welcome and support new faculty throughout their first year at Gonzaga. Faculty in our science departments mentor undergraduate students in research experiences during the school year. Funding opportunities are also available to support undergraduate student-faculty research during a 10-week summer session. The new Bollier Family Center for Integrated Science and Engineering on Gonzaga’s campus contains teaching, research, and collaboration spaces for faculty from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Math, Physics, Psychology, and Engineering.

Gonzaga’s campus sits adjacent to downtown Spokane, WA, along the Spokane River in the Inland Northwest’s most metropolitan region. We exist on the traditional homelands of the Spokane people, one of the Interior Salish speaking tribes of the region. Spokane is Washington’s second largest city and boasts a vibrant restaurant, entertainment, and arts community; it is also home to a diverse array of neighborhoods and popular outdoor recreational areas.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at: Applicants must complete an online application and submit the following:

  1. A statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and describes how the candidate creates and maintains an inclusive environment that can support and promote learning for students with a variety of backgrounds and identities, including groups historically marginalized in the sciences
  2. A statement that describes the candidate’s research program and explains how it links chemical and socio-cultural systems, how it can support undergraduate research experiences, and how it contributes to existing expertise in the departments. The statement should also describe candidate’s experience mentoring undergraduates from backgrounds and identities historically marginalized in the sciences
  3. A cover letter that summarizes the areas above and describes the candidate’s understanding of and commitment to the university’s mission
  4. A curriculum vitae
  5. Names and contact information of three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected.)

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Greg Gordon, Environmental Studies & Sciences Department Chair at Position closes on September 15, 2022, midnight U.S. Pacific Time. For assistance with your online application, call 509.313.5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.