**Tenure Track Position Available**
The Department of Chemistry at Hendrix College (www.hendrix.edu/chemistry) is
seeking to fill a tenure-track position to commence in August 2014. A Ph.D. is
required and postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred. Candidates
must be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and sustainable
Hendrix has a strong dedication to interdisciplinary
teaching through the common freshman course, The Engaged Citizen, and experiential
learning, including research, as evidenced by the Odyssey Program (www.hendrix.edu/odyssey).
The typical annual teaching load is 4 lectures and 4 laboratories. The College demonstrates its commitment to
research by assigning a portion of the standard teaching load for chemistry
faculty to research with undergraduates. The successful candidate will receive
50% time reassignment for research during the first year in this position and
25% thereafter with continued research success. The department is housed in a modern
facility dedicated in 2001 that is a combination of recently constructed and
completely renovated buildings. Ample laboratory space is available for both
teaching and research, and competitive start-up funding will be provided.
Teaching responsibilities would include introductory
chemistry courses and a discipline-specific upper-level course. Candidates able
to develop interdisciplinary offerings in materials or environmental chemistry
would be of particular interest. The specific research area is open though the
typical anticipated disciplines are inorganic, analytical or physical.
Hendrix is a distinguished liberal arts college of just over
1400 students with an endowment of $181 million. The College, related to the United Methodist
Church, shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In spring of 2013, the College
was named the nation’s #2 “up-and-coming liberal arts college” by US News and
World Report. Along with curricular
innovations such as the Odyssey Program and the Engaged Citizen, Hendrix has
recently completed major state-of-the-art athletic facilities (2008 and 2013)
and a new Student Life and Technology Center (2010). Additionally, the new 90 acre “Academic
Village” neighborhood is adjacent to the campus with popular restaurants and
student apartments along with the campus bookstore and single-family houses
with a creek walking trail.
The wooded campus is an exciting and vibrant place for work
and recreation. It is located in Conway,
Arkansas, a city of over 60,000 located 30 miles north of Little Rock (pop. ~195,000)
in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Conway also is the home of the
University of Central Arkansas (~11,000 students) and Central Baptist College
(~500 students). More about Conway and Arkansas can be gleaned from the local
and statewide newspapers, www.thecabin.net
and www.ardemgaz.com, respectively.
The Department of Chemistry consists of eight faculty
members supported by a full time laboratory manager and a full-time position
devoted to instrumentation maintenance, laboratory development, and chemical
hygiene duties. Chemistry faculty
members serve the majors in Chemistry, as well as Biochemistry/Molecular
Biology, Chemical Physics, and Environmental Studies. Virtually all of our majors are active in
research with faculty and present their research at National ACS Meetings.
For example, last spring, 25 students presented their research at the 2013
Spring National ACS meeting in New Orleans accompanied by 6 faculty and
The Department has benefited from a major Department
Development Award from Research Corporation, as well as by numerous research
and/or instrumentation grants from NSF, NIH, ACS‑PRF, Research Corporation, the
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis
Network, and the Sturgis Foundation.
A pioneering green chemistry laboratory program has been implemented in the
General and Organic Chemistry labs (www.hendrix.edu/greenchemistry).
The junior year of the major is distinguished by an integrated, year-long
Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry laboratory.
Our ACS-approved department is well equipped with the usual
major instrumentation (GC/MS, flame and graphite AAS, 400 MHz NMR, FT‑IR,
UV-Vis, HPLC, Microwave reactor, ultracentrifuge, ultra-low temperature freezer, ion chromatograph,
various lasers, etc.). We sponsor a consistently award-winning chapter of
Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and have an active seminar
Interested candidates should send an application letter
addressing the candidate’s interest in teaching in a demanding liberal arts
environment, CV, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of
teaching philosophy, detailed research plans, and arrange for three
letters of reference (including the phone numbers and email addresses of the
references) to the attention of Dr. Liz Gron by email at email@example.com or by
conventional mail at:
Dr. Liz Gron
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Chemistry
1600 Washington Avenue
Conway, AR 72032
Questions may be directed to Dr. Gron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application review will begin November 1 and continue until
the position is filled.
Hendrix College adheres to the principle of equal
educational and employment opportunity without regard to age, race, gender,
disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. Further, the College is
committed to the maintenance of an atmosphere of civility and respect for all
students, faculty, and staff.