Instructor - Physics (Supervisor of Undergraduate Laboratories)
Oregon State University
June 21, 2018
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Faculty 4-Year College/University
Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed term, Instructor rank faculty position in physics. The ideal candidate will join a thriving, cohesive, award-winning physics department that deeply values undergraduate education and is committed to evidence-based instructional practices. The successful candidate will supervise, maintain and operate lower division laboratories, perform teaching, develop curriculum, maintain professional currency, and perform service.
Though this is a fixed-term appointment, the Department is seeking candidates interested in a continued commitment.Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.The anticipated start date of this position is 9/16/18 (negotiable).
Through this position, the Department is seeking to enhance its introductory physics laboratories and courses, both on campus and online.
90% Student related activities: • Maintain and operate lower division laboratories. • Teach regular undergraduate credit courses in either algebra-based or calculus-based General Physics. Instruction includes (if applicable) in-class activities, laboratory activities and supervision, class administration and regular office hours, in keeping with the highest professional standards. • Supervise 15-20 laboratory teaching assistants, including weekly training sessions and Fall orientation. • Maintain and develop laboratory and demonstration equipment. • Evaluate and purchase suitable laboratory equipment in cooperation with Physics academic leadership. • Assist faculty as needed with in-class demonstrations and Departmental outreach activities. • In collaboration with physics faculty, lead development of curriculum aimed at improving laboratories, lectures, studio sessions, and recitations as needed. • Where applicable, assist in the development and delivery of hybrid and online versions of General Physics courses. • Develop, prepare and submit educational and training grant applications. • Sustain a commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment for all students. • Maintain familiarity with recent developments in evidence-based instructional practices. • Make contributions to general teaching resources such as online learning systems and development of new laboratory experiments. May include: • General advising of students. • Perform and supervise undergraduate students in research.
10% Service: May include any of the following: • Service on departmental and university committees related to instruction. • Assisting other faculty members as needed, e.g. mentoring part-time instructors. • Acting as official advisor for various student organizations and clubs. • Participation in activities that increase diversity and inclusion, for example Search Advocate training and mentoring students from underrepresented groups. • Disseminate ideas and methods within the Department, University and broader community.
• Master’s degree in Physics or related field (for example, Electrical Engineering, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Applied Mathematics) by the start of the appointment. • Experience with or demonstrated potential for teaching Physics at the college or university level. This can include service as a Teaching Assistant and/or formal training in pedagogy at the college/university level. • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion. • Facility with computer operating systems and web design tools. • Experience in operation, construction and repair of laboratory and demonstration equipment.
PREFERRED (SPECIAL) QUALIFICATIONS:
• Doctoral degree in Physics or related field. • Previous college/university classroom experience. • Experience developing laboratory and/or classroom curriculum. • Experience in using and designing online materials. • Experience designing and/or repairing electronic equipment. • Familiarity with standard machine shop tools. • Experience preparing and submitting grants.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by August 1, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) Curriculum Vitae; and
2) Cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; and
3) Diversity statement where you describe how your teaching philosophy and practices promote diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion in the classroom and broader community. This is an opportunity to highlight experience working with diverse populations; and
4) Teaching Statement describing the candidate’s training, experience and goals as a physics educator.
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
In addition, candidates will arrange for three letters of recommendation be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. David Craig, care of the OSU Department of Physics.
For additional information please contact the search committee chair at email@example.com
Oregon State University is a public research university located in Corvallis, the heart of western Oregon, with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students. One of just two land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the United States, OSU is a top-ranked research institution that attracts students and faculty from around the globe.
The primary mission of OSU’s Department of Physics is to provide top-quality undergraduate and graduate education, and conduct basic and applied research. The department offers Doctoral, Masters and Bachelors degrees in Physics. There are research programs in optics, condensed matter, subatomic physics, astrophysics, computational physics, quantum physics, and physics education. The department has 21 faculty members, approximately 140 majors, and 45 graduate students.
Faculty at OSU are committed to undergraduate and graduate student success. We seek faculty who have evidence of educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity an diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically und...errepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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