Our mission is to prepare students for a wide range of challenging academic, personal, and professional goals by teaching them to read attentively and critically and to convey complex ideas persuasively and creatively. Our students develop social and cultural awareness, curiosity, and the love of language by deepening their understanding of diverse literary works and the craft of writing. What is more, the department believes the education we provide cultivates in our students the habits of mind and spirit that enable and encourage productive, fulfilling lives.
What binds the multiple aspects of the Albion College English department together is a love of reading and writing sharpened by a firm commitment to the value and diversity of human experiences, voices, and literatures. Our students become attentive to details, to connections, to relationships. They grow accustomed to the rigor and difficulty of thinking and writing their way through complex problems shaped and solved by language. We believe that this combination of passion and commitment will enable the next generation of leaders and citizens not only to succeed in the world but to shape it.
New Mexico Trip 2013
The 2013 CSE trip was to New Mexico, where we investigated several themes, water management in a water-poor area, administration of public park land, effects of climate change on civilizations, and, intertwined throughout, the way the history of the many cultures in the region shape the present state of affairs.
Rio Grande and Water
Early in the trip. We spent a morning with Albion Geology Field camp alumna Page Pegram, now with the Office of the State Engineer’s Interstate Water commission. Page met us in the bosque along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque and explained some of the complexities of complying with interstate water agreements, protecting endangered species and conserving as much water as possible for New Mexico residents.
Native American History and Cultures
Our look at the long and important history of Native Americans began with a visit to the Chaco Culture National Historic Park, arguably the most fabulous archeological site in North America and also one of the most enigmatic. Real questions persist, with discussion of both how the civilization flourished in such a demanding environment and why the area was ultimately abandoned. The relationships among people, culture and climate are central to this discussion. We also visited Bandelier National Monument where more recent Pueblo cliff dwellings are well preserved, and Sky City at Acoma Pueblo, where modern descendants of the Chacoans still live in the longest continuously inhabited community in the country. Finally, we visited the Four Corners Power Plant, one of the most polluting plants in the nation, and considered the complex relationship between the plant and the Navajo Nation, in which it is located.
Special Pre-Med Event in Grand Rapids
Thinking ahead to a career in medicine?
Join Albion College on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. for a program planned for Grand Rapids area high school students and their families.
You will get an insider's perspective about what it takes to succeed as a pre-med student in college and get into the medical school of your choice. Plus, Grand Rapids area physicians representing a range of specialties will offer tips on how to become a top candidate for medical school admission, and will answer your questions.
Kent Country Club 1600 College Ave., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Advance registration requested by Nov. 15, 2013. To register, call the Albion College Admission Office, 800/858-6770.
Special Pre-Med Event in Metro Detroit Area
Thinking ahead to a career in medicine?
Join Albion College at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. for a program planned for high school students and their families.
You will get an insider's perspective about what it takes to succeed as a pre-med student in college and get into the medical school of your choice. Plus, metro Detroit area physicians representing a range of specialties will offer tips on how to become a top candidate for medical school admission, and will answer your questions.
Beaumont Hospital Administration Building Auditorium 3711 W. Thirteen Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48073
The Beaumont Administration Building is located on Administration Drive within Beaumont Hospital's Royal Oak campus at 3711 W. Thirteen Mile Road. The Albion College program will be in the building's Auditorium (not in the lower-level classroom, as previously advertised). Parking is available in the South Parking Deck, opposite the Administration Building.
Guests will enter the Administration Building through a side door visible from the parking deck (look for the Albion College sign) and will proceed to the Auditorium waiting area. Albion College staff will be available to greet you as well.
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Biochemistry
POSITION: A full-time, tenure-track appointment starting August 2014.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry is required and post-doctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry or biological systems. The preferred candidate will also be able to contribute to our inorganic or analytical chemistry curricula.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities include courses within our biochemistry and general chemistry programs and the opportunity to develop courses in one’s specialty. In addition, Albion offers opportunities for faculty members to be involved in the First Year Seminar program or curricular involvement in the Honors Program and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to our undergraduate research program, including membership on thesis committees and the active direction of undergraduates in collaborative research projects. Support for developing an active research agenda is provided through start-up funds, departmental support, regular access to the College’s Faculty Development funds, participation in Albion’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity (FURSCA), and through pursuit of external grants.
DEPARTMENT: The Chemistry Department at Albion College is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides a stimulating teaching environment. The eight faculty members have a long tradition of commitment to quality teaching of undergraduates. There are two majors: a chemistry major and a biochemistry major. The curriculum, although traditional in many respects, has some novel features including a systematic introduction to inorganic chemistry in the second semester of the first year and a second-year organic course emphasizing mechanism. Extensive use of discovery and research-based experiments is made throughout the laboratory curriculum. Departmental instrumentation includes a 400 MHz FT-NMR, GC-MS (2), GC, HPLC-MS (electrospray), HPLC, Biochromatograhy System, IC, FT-IR, digital polarimeter, scanning UV-Vis, diode array UV-VIS (3), UV/Vis-Fluorescence microplate reader, fluorescence spectrometer, and electroanalytical instruments. (See http://www.albion.edu/academics/departments/chemistry/campus-facilities for more information on our facilities including our recently completed Science Complex.)
INSTITUTION: Albion College is a private liberal arts college of approximately 1300 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.
APPLICATION: To apply, e-mail a curriculum vitae, photocopies of both graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests and how they would be integrated into an undergraduate setting, and three letters of reference to
Review of applications will begin October 25, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the College or the Chemistry Department see www.albion.edu/chemistry .
Dr. Lisa B. Lewis, Co-Chair www.albion.edu/chemistry Department of Chemistry Phone: 517-629-0276 Albion College FAX: 517-629-0264 Albion, MI 49224 Email: