Roanoke College

Faculty Hiring Information


Welcome! If you are looking at this page, it must mean that you are considering applying for the Lecturer position in our Chemistry Department.  You will find the official position announcement here.

We hope the rest of this page will give you a better feel for Roanoke College and our department.

Our program is ACS- and ASBMB- approved and offers majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, averaging about 10-15 graduates a year.  The department is well equipped and emphasizes the use of modern instrumentation in all of our courses, starting with General Chemistry.  We have a 400 MHz NMR and a wide variety of other instruments. See our Facilities webpage for more details.

Roanoke College emphasizes strong teaching and close student-faculty interactions. We have a collegial department that works together for the benefit of our students and program. The lecturer teaching load is seven course sections total across two semesters.  We count lab contact hours the same as lecture hours.  The Lecturer will teach primarily in the General Chemistry and non-majors lectures and labs, but may teach an occasional course in other areas, too.  This is a nine-month position, but the new hire may choose to teach a summer course or mentor summer researchers, if desired.  (Neither is a requirement.)

Roanoke College is a residential liberal arts college located in the Salem, Virginia, which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of the state. We have about 2,000 students now and plan to grow slightly in the next 10 years. We are located on the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway, offering many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Salem is a suburb of the city of Roanoke, with a metropolitan population of over 200,000. The City of Roanoke has a symphony orchestra, a ballet company, and a new art museum. Salem is the home of a minor league baseball team and is known for its excellent amateur sporting facilities. An excellent research library at Virginia Tech is about 30 miles from campus. 

Please explore the Chemistry Department web site.  We believe it gives a good overview of our department.  If you have questions, contact Dr. Catherine Sarisky (Dept. Chair).

You may also be interested in the Roanoke College Office of Institutional Research  (Detailed statistics on Roanoke College!)  

Information about the benefits included with this position may be found on the Human Resources website.

Also consider the following links to information about our community:

Life in the Roanoke Valley

Daily newspaper for the Roanoke Area (Roanoke Times)

Weekly newspaper for Salem, VA (Salem Times-Register)

Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Governments in and around the Valley

  1. City of Roanoke
  2. City of Salem
  3. Roanoke County

Job FAQs:

Do I really need transcripts?  Yes, both undergraduate and graduate, please.  Unofficial is fine at this point.  You'll need to provide official transcripts before an offer can be made.

Paper or emailed?  We're happy to receive your application in either format.  Your letter writers may mail or email their recommendation letters, as well.

What's the schedule?  We will be looking at applications on or shortly after February 2.  Applications that are not complete at that point may not receive full consideration.  We will be conducting phone interviews in February, followed by campus visits.

Who do I contact?  For questions about the position, the department chair, Dr. Catherine Sarisky ( / 540-375-2438).  For questions about whether materials have been received, Ms. Deborah Duncan (