Instructor, Chemistry

Posted 1 year ago

The Skidmore College, ACS-approved Department of Chemistry invites applications for a full-time instructor position to begin Fall 2023. A Master’s degree or higher in chemistry, chemical education, or a related field is required, and teaching experience is preferred. Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring a diverse student population is essential. Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally-ranked liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York with a student population of 2,650, 24% of whom are domestic students of color, 12% are international students, and 14% are first generation students. The successful candidate will contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community through their inclusive teaching and mentoring of students. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio (8:1), Skidmore is known for having a faculty devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates.


The major responsibility of the position will be laboratory instruction in general chemistry during the fall and spring semesters. Other responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating multi-section laboratory courses.
  • Supervision of student workers.
  • Experimental and laboratory preparations.
  • Laboratory curriculum development.
  • Grading of laboratory assignments.
  • Assisting the department in remaining compliant with safety protocols, EPA regulations, and hazardous waste disposal.
  • Departmental service.

The full-time (nine month) appointment will be made for a three-year period, with the potential for renewal, and includes healthcare, retirement, and personal tuition benefits. Additionally, a candidate who serves in this position continuously for three years is eligible for internal and external tuition benefits for their dependents. The successful candidate will teach an average of 9 contact hours per week, and laboratory class sizes are typically limited to 16 students or fewer. Additional compensation for summer instruction is sometimes possible. Skidmore supports faculty in many ways, including internal grants for faculty development, a new faculty learning community, a Center for Teaching and Learning, and funds to travel to meetings or workshops and for societal memberships. Skidmore has completed the first two of three phases of the innovative Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS). Accordingly, the Chemistry Department is now housed in entirely newly constructed spaces in CIS. Please visit for additional information including about teaching loads, resources available, the search process, and the new CIS teaching labs.

We encourage applications from individuals with identities historically minoritized in the sciences and who have experience working with diverse student populations. Successful applicants should highlight any specific experiences and expertise related to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community throughout their application materials. A complete application includes the following materials:


  • A Master’s degree or higher in chemistry, chemical education, or a related field is required, and teaching experience in preferred.

Review of applications will begin on February 16th and will continue until the position is filled. 

Required documents needed to apply:

  • On-line application.
  • Cover Letter that includes how you will effectively engage with a diverse student body as a teacher and mentor.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts as one PDF.
  • The names, affiliations, & contact information of three professional references.

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.

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Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


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