Tenure-Track Chemistry Faculty Position with focus on Chemistry Education Research
Detroit, MI Chemistry & Biochemistry
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FT Faculty UDMPU (9 month)

Position Summary  

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department in the College of Engineering & Science at the University of Detroit Mercy invites candidates to apply for an available full-time tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate level with a focus on Chemistry Education Research. The hired candidate will start August 16, 2024. University of Detroit Mercy is dedicated to building a supportive, diverse, and inclusive academic community, with a commitment to experiential and community engaged learning. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to the Mission of the University and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), Detroit Mercy offers small classes and close collegial relationships. The College’s faculty forms a vibrant community of teaching scholars, with a strong focus on student-centered teaching, and academic mentorship of students. Our excellent student outcomes led to recognition by the Wall Street Journal Best Colleges report, ranking UDM 2nd in Michigan and 52nd nationally. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students majoring in science disciplines. The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is an integral part of the College’s National Institutes of Health’s BUILD & U-RISE grants that support these efforts.

The Department at Detroit Mercy is a dynamic department whose 12 full-time faculty teach courses required for students majoring in chemistry and biochemistry; engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research; and mentor students. The Department serves approximately 100 undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors as well as biology, engineering, nursing, and dental hygiene majors. The faculty at the department have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in other disciplines.  A successful candidate would be one that has a strong interest in implementing best practices in pedagogy including evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek an educator who is an enthusiastic teacher-scholar committed to supporting a diverse population of students, and who can enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate lectures and laboratory courses, based on the faculty member’s area of expertise and on the need to complement or expand current offerings in the Department. The candidate should have a proposed research agenda appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability and interest to pursue external funding and to disseminate results in peer-reviewed publications and conferences. 


Minimum Qualifications  

  • Doctoral or terminal degree in Chemistry or Chemical Education or closely related discipline by the time of appointment.
  • Experience teaching courses in college or relevant instructional experience.
  • Commitment to innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies that enhance student learning outcomes.
  • Experience with research and scholarly activity and demonstrated ability to carry out research with undergraduate students.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Commitment to students’ holistic development, including encouraging students to re?ect and engage with chemistry in a broader social context.
  • Evidence indicating promise of service to the department, college, university, and community in alignment with the mission of the university.
  • Commitment to student-centered mentoring and advising.

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


Instructions to applicants

Candidates must apply by completing an application and uploading materials. Materials must include: 

1.  A detailed cover letter describing the ways your background addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications.

2.  A complete curriculum vitae.

3.  A statement of your teaching philosophy and experience (maximum of two pages) that specifically addresses student-focused evidence-based teaching practices.

4.  A statement of your research plans (maximum of two pages) that specifically addresses the inclusion of undergraduate students in research.

5.  A statement of your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) (maximum of two pages) that specifically includes your knowledge, experience and plans for addressing DEIJ issues in your teaching, research, and service.

6.  The names and contact information of three professional references. Please do not include any letters of recommendation—they will be requested for all semi-finalists.


To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 1, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the full consideration date until the position are filled.

Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private University, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. Detroit Mercy seeks quali?ed candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity A?rmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds. 

Inspire the Next Generation: Our students come from diverse backgrounds and are eager to learn. By joining us, you will have the chance to inspire and educate the next generation of chemists.