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William Paterson University
  • Position Number: 3830080
  • Location: Wayne, NJ
  • Position Type: Science - Chemistry

Pre-doctoral Fellow--Advancing Faculty Diversity in Chemistry

Department: Chemistry
Position Type: Full Time

William Paterson University seeks applications from outstanding candidates for a Predoctoral Fellow of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry of the College of Science and Health.

Applications from all areas of organic chemistry will be considered but research experience in areas such as organic synthesis, catalysis, bioorganic chemistry, green chemistry, bio-nanochemistry and materials chemistry is a plus.

As a public university serving a highly-diverse student population and holding federal standing as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority Serving Institution (MSI), William Paterson University seeks to intentionally support the mentoring and development of its diverse faculty, particularly faculty from underrepresented backgrounds.

The fellow will be appointed for up to two academic years in a non-tenure-track teaching position (NTTP) under New Jersey's statewide contract, with full benefits and a competitive salary. Appointment to the second year will follow a mid-year review. Fellows will teach a 3/3 load during the time of their appointments in a planned and supported period of growth into the role of full-time faculty member.

The University will provide the Fellow a structured program of focused mentorship, pedagogical support, and an introduction to university and professional service. This pre-doctoral fellowship program will be supporting three Fellows across the University. The goals of the program are (a) to support the career success of selected candidates, (b) to advance the University's commitment to building a diverse campus community, and (c) to expand the University's pool of highly qualified candidates for faculty positions.

Following the first year of the fellowship and upon successful completion of the requirements of the doctoral degree, by mutual agreement between the department and the Fellow the department may request conversion of the fellowship to a tenure-track line.

The start date is Fall 2023.

Department Overview:

The Department of Chemistry provides the opportunity for degrees at the BS and MS level. With programs approved by American Chemical Society, the Chemistry Department prepares students for challenging careers in a wide variety of science, technology, and related fields. Most WP chemistry students are employed in industry or accepted into a graduate program within three months of completion of their degree. The department is very well equipped with modern instrumentation including 400 MHZ NMR (solid and diffusion), HPLC-UPLC, GPC, GCMS, MALDI-TOFF, FT-IR's, UV-Vis (solid and liquid) and AFM. Imaging facilities (TEM and SEM) are also available for teaching and research.

For more information about the department, please visit the website:

Timeline for the fall 2023 fellowship cohort:
  • Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, 2023: Virtual campus visit and interviews. Details to follow. Note that these dates have changed from those previously announced.

Fellowship offers are anticipated by the end of April 2023 with appointments beginning August 2023.

Fellowship Requirements include:

  • Teach a total of 18 graduate and/or undergraduate credits annually in online, hybrid or face-to-face modalities per departmental needs; Collaborate with faculty through tailored mentorship.
  • Using the course outline as a guide, develop relevant syllabi in order to deploy course content, objectives, and methods of student assessment.
  • Contribute to student success of a diverse student population by providing consistent and effective support and guidance through role modeling, mentoring, and being available to respond to student questions and needs.

  • A strong commitment to establishing a research program involving undergraduates and graduate students.
  • A continued dedication to be involved in research and scholarship and disseminate in quality research publications, external and internal grant submissions; Collaborate with faculty through tailored mentorship.

  • Participate in the variety of service opportunities within the department, college, and university community including mentoring students where appropriate.
  • Engage in assessment of student learning as well as program and accreditation assessment and reporting requirements.
  • Attend department and college meetings and engage in activities of the department.

Qualifications - the ideal candidate must have the following:
  • Identifies as a member of an underrepresented population (by race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background, first-generation college, etc.)
  • ABD from an accredited college or university, with an emphasis in Organic Chemistry or closely related field.
  • Strong commitment to hands-on laboratory teaching.
  • Evidence or promise of research capacity and a planned agenda of achievement in scholarly productivity.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion concepts and their applicability to the field of teaching and learning.

Desired personal attributes and traits:
  • Willing to advance the mission, vision, and values of the University regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative environment by freely offering expertise and being open to meaningful feedback and ongoing professional development.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and supporting student success.
  • Capable of engaging and contributing in order to make a positive impact.
  • Ability to navigate the complexities of a multi-faceted organization with competing wants and needs.

Invitation to apply:

Interested candidates will be prompted to: Complete an application and submit a cover letter

Submission of all documents listed is required for consideration.

General questions related to this application process, please contact

About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls over 9,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 380-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

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William Paterson University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race or ethnicity, sex/gender (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, civil union status, familial status, religion, national origin or citizenship, military service status, or any other category protected by law. William Paterson University does not discriminate on the basis of any category stated above or as prohibited by applicable law. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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