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Position Classification

FT Faculty UDMPU (9 month)


Position Summary

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at University of Detroit Mercy in the College of Engineering & Science invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure track faculty position with a specialty in Organic Chemistry, broadly defined. The candidate hired will start August 16, 2024. Detroit Mercy is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to this goal.

Due to the ongoing, increasing needs to offer more sections of 1000- and 2000-level courses in our Department, we request the chance to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry with a specialty area in Chemical Education (often termed a “CER,” which stands for chemical education researcher). Based on a standard timetable for this search of August 23 to February 24, we are also requesting a one (1) year lecturer to bridge the need for full-time faculty during the 23-24 academic year. Given the significant teaching needs in Chemistry, we are requesting permission to hire an Instructor while this search proceeds.

There are 10-14 sections of courses representing 355 (Fall 23) and 430 (Winter 24) enrollments for which instructors are needed. Four (4) sections each from F23 and W24 will be assigned to our new Department Lecturer to be hired in March 2023. As it stands right now, all remaining sections would be taught by adjunct faculty, each of which are only able to teach a maximum of 2 sections. We constantly advertise for adjuncts, but high-quality adjuncts for these high-stakes courses (many first-term freshmen) who can teach day courses have been difficult to find. Some full-time faculty will take on overload, but that impacts time for research, service, student orgs, etc.

The impact of a tenure-track CER professor cannot be underestimated, as this individual would be flexible enough to teach general and organic courses (among other, higher-level courses), and would be a grant proposal revenue stream that directly coincides with teaching duties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities will include organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses and potentially other courses based on area of expertise that complement or expand current offerings in the department.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Chemistry or Chemical Education, with a focus in Organic Chemistry, broadly defined
Experience teaching chemistry in the college setting
Commitment to best-practice teaching strategies for a diverse student body
Commitment to inclusion and diversity
Evidence indicating promise of scholarly publications and research
Ability to carry out research with undergraduates

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstration of initiative/equivalent leadership in a laboratory setting
Knowledge of assessment strategies associated with course learning outcomes
Evidence indicating promise of service to the Department, College, University, profession, and community
Commitment to the Mission of University of Detroit Mercy to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education (

Physical Requirements

Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).


Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.


Salary/Pay Information

Commensurate with experience


Anticipated Schedule





Materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of personal teaching philosophy/experience, a contribution to diversity statement (should describe your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion to demonstrate an understanding of Detroit Mercy’s mission to meet the educational needs of our diverse student population), and three recommendation letters. At least one letter should specifically comment on the applicant’s teaching ability. Review of candidates will begin immediately.


 The University of Detroit Mercy, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, abides by all applicable provisions of federal, state and local laws. Detroit Mercy does not discriminate in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion (except where religion is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification for the job), national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable law.