Teacher-Scholar Faculty Fellow in Chemistry - The College of New Jersey

The Department of Chemistry at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a non-tenure track Teacher-Scholar Fellow at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, starting August 2020. The two-year position is intended for a recent Ph.D. recipient, post-doctoral fellow, or career changer (i.e., industry to academe). The successful candidate will have the following:

  1. Ph.D. in Chemistry.
  2. Qualifications and a strong interest in teaching Organic Chemistry.
  3. Desire to pursue an academic career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) where teaching and research are valued and integrated.

TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our community of teachers-scholars. TCNJ has also been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on its honor roll of “Great Colleges to Work For.”


TCNJ is the proud recipient of an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) through the Science Education Program, which supports our work to provide access and foster success for all students studying science and math, especially those traditionally underserved by STEM and higher education. This Teacher-Scholar Fellow position is funded in part by this grant and is offered for two consecutive years, pending successful performance during the first year.

The selected Teacher-Scholar Fellow will work closely with experienced faculty mentors gaining professional development in inclusive pedagogy, course design, student mentoring, and grant proposal writing. The Fellow will pursue research involving undergraduates, gain teaching experience, and receive mentoring toward the attainment of a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. The Fellow will have an office, shared research lab space, the support of a grant writer dedicated to the School of Science, and access to state-of-the-art, shared-use instrumentation and facilities, including a high-performance computing center, two 400 MHz NMR spectrometers, an X-band CW EPR spectrometer, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, and LC/MS, MALDI-TOF/MS, and GC/MS instruments. See https://docs.hpc.tcnj.edu/ and https://chemistry.tcnj.edu/resources/instrumentation/ for more information. The position includes funding for research supplies, participation in TCNJ’s summer research experience for undergraduates program during Summer 2021, and professional travel to scientific/professional development conferences.

Teaching responsibilities will include Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry. There may also be an opportunity for the development of course modules in the applicant’s area of expertise and to teach or contribute to an advanced-level course(s). The Fellow will be paired with current tenure-track faculty members who will serve as the Fellow’s research and teaching mentors. Please visit the Department’s website for information on our faculty members and their research interests: https://chemistry.tcnj.edu


To apply, applicants should compile a single PDF file containing the items listed below and submit online to the following link: https://tcnj.taleo.net/careersection/00_ex_faculty/jobdetail.ftl?job=20000383&lang=en

● Cover letter (Please discuss briefly how your research interests align with, or diversify, those of the department.),
● Curriculum vitae,
● Statement of teaching interests, philosophy, and what you hope to gain from your experience at TCNJ (1-2 pages),
● Statement of research interests and goals, including the role of undergraduates (1-2 pages),
● Statement of commitment to inclusivity and diversity (1-2 pages),
● Unofficial transcripts (all graduate and undergraduate), and
● List of three references and their contact information, at least one of whom can speak to your teaching/mentoring skills (If you are selected for a video interview, confidential letters of recommendation will be required from your references.).

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, but applications should be received by May 22, 2020 to receive full consideration. A final offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation.

To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The institution has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. TCNJ has been a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, supporting the careers of women faculty members in STEM disciplines. We strongly encourage a host of diverse, intersectional populations and cultures to apply including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status. The Department encourages applications from candidates with a wide range of professional and personal paths. Each candidate is invited to discuss their unique pathway in their application materials.

Department of Chemistry

TCNJ’s Department of Chemistry offers the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry as its only degree. It ranks in the top 10% nationally in the number of ACS certified degrees earned. Over 80% of our majors participate in one or more semesters of research with a Chemistry faculty member. Among all public colleges and universities, TCNJ ranks first in the nation for the percentage of its undergraduates who go on to earn Ph.D.'s in Chemistry. In the past five years, the department was awarded over $3 million in external grants and has produced 48 peer-reviewed papers or book chapters. TCNJ and the Trenton ACS local section will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) in 2022.

The College of New Jersey
Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective, public, primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our approximately 7,000 undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ maintains the seventh highest four-year graduation rate among all public colleges and universities in the country. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research. TCNJ was awarded the inaugural “Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment” from the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2015. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour of New York City and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit www.tcnj.edu.