Our next departmental speaker will be Elizabeth Cottrell from Smithsonian Institute speaking on October 19, 2018.
About the Department
Article in Fall 2003 Chemistry Magazine published by the American Chemical Society which describes the Berea College chemistry department.
The Department of Chemistry at Berea College invites applications for a fixed term appointment starting fall 2018 for up to three years. Teaching responsibilities will consist of general chemistry, organic chemistry, general studies science courses, and possibly advanced chemistry classes depending on expertise. This position will give the successful applicant an opportunity to teach in a liberal arts environment under the mentorship of expert chemistry faculty, while simultaneously establishing a research program that will be needed for tenure-track positions at similar institutions. This position is well suited for recent Ph.D. graduates and post-doctoral researchers in chemistry who have a long-term interest in undergraduate faculty positions. The successful applicant will teach and pursue research in Berea College's brand-new Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, a $72 million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility.
Berea College is committed in its mission to provide a quality college education to high-ability students of limited economic means, to foster interracial and intercultural education and to serve the Appalachian region. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, research proposal, and two letters of recommendation to Chemistry_Search@berea.edu. Consideration of applicants will begin mid-March; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.
Laboratory Manager and Instructor – CHEMISTRY
The Laboratory Manager will teach courses in the Chemistry Department and support the various Cargill Building academic department laboratory programs (Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, and Physics), including the promotion and support of a strong safety culture in Academic Division 1. This position will oversee the day-to-day responsibilities for the maintenance of the chemical inventory system and hazardous waste generation from laboratory activities and supervise two chemical inventory student labor positions. Depending on the Laboratory Manager’s expertise and the needs of Division 1, this employee will also take on other tasks related to ensuring the smooth operation of academic laboratory classes and research experiences. This positon will report to and assist the Chair of Academic Division 1 providing professional knowledge and expertise in the operation and support of laboratory safety programs and initiatives and guide laboratories in complying with regulatory agency requirements and college polices based on best management practices. This position will work closely with the Environmental Health and Safety Department providing regular updates on the status of safety and compliance issues related to laboratory safety, chemical inventory, chemical waste management, ventilation issues, and other related topics as needed.
- Teach in the Chemistry Department (four-five teaching credits). This includes two teaching credits in the fall and two in the spring. Oversee and maintain the chemical inventory system and laboratory safety programs, including improving the inventory systems usefulness and capabilities.
- Assure compliance with Berea College’s Chemical Hygiene Plan including compliance with OSHA, DOT, and Hazardous Waste (RCRA) regulatory requirements as they relate to laboratory activities
- Collaborate with laboratory faculty, staff and students to identify safety needs, develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and help implement programs and initiatives that will address those needs.
- Develop and provide training to laboratory personnel on laboratory safety related topics. Collaborate with laboratory faculty and students to tailor training to better meet the needs of the department.
- Serve on the Campus Safety Committee representing laboratory safety practices and concerns
- Work directly with selected Department Chairs (those with laboratory classes, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, and/or Physics) to enhance the experience of students in specific classes with labs.
Education required to ensure success in this position: Minimum requirement is a master’s degree in chemistry or related science. PhD is preferred. Experience required to ensure success in this position: Experience in academic or research laboratory environment. Prior teaching experience, while not required, is preferred. Berea College job listing