This is a 12 month, non-tenure track faculty position
Supports the physics program through engaging, student-centered teaching, and actively contributes to service and outreach initiatives that advance the department, college, and university. Instructs introductory physics courses at the college level, and other courses as deemed fitting. In addition to teaching quality physics courses, this position involves the management of the Tarleton planetarium facilities and staff. Planetarium manager duties include: presentation to live audiences to a variety of audiences of varying ages and experiences, and would include occasional night, weekend, and holiday shows; supervision and training of planetarium staff and volunteers; marketing and advertising the planetarium; upkeep and maintenance of equipment; bookkeeping; and other planetarium needs and duties as assigned.
Physics Instructor (75%) 60% Teaching: Develop, implement and review effective teaching/learning processes, incorporating appropriate methodology, technology and other tools; Remain current in discipline and update course content when appropriate to reflect current levels of student knowledge in the discipline; Develop a system for ongoing evaluation of both teaching and learning, including expectations of student competency and student learning outcomes; Work in partnership with immediate supervisor through a formal system of evaluation of instruction to identify strengths and weaknesses and identify professional development activities to improve student learning.
10% Service: Maintain appropriate schedule of office hours for student access and inquiry; Work in partnership with student success personnel on student advising and orientation. Participate in institutional service roles such as but not limited to, college committees, club sponsorship, advisory committees, student/faculty recruitment and mentoring of new and part-time faculty.
5% Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity: Demonstrate a record of ongoing research, scholarship or creative activity appropriate to your academic discipline. Mentor 2-3 undergraduate research projects per year. Participate in departmental based research projects as necessary.
Planetarium Manager (25%) 10% Serve as the front-line point of contact for Planetarium shows and outreach activities. Develop a plan for Planetarium marketing and advertising in line with the Department, College, and University goals.
8% Maintain planetarium and telescope equipment to functional standards. Attend star shows and other events.
5% Manage, train, and direct staff and volunteers to run shows and participate in events.
2% Assist Director of Planetarium and Telescope as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy, Physics Education, or a related field at the time of employment.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching, ability to manage and maintain the planetarium facilities and staff, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to work in a dark environment with limited visibility and work frequently with astronomical telescopes and instruments at night. Physical activity will involve sitting, standing, bending, climbing stairs and walking and 20/20 corrected eyesight and occasional lifting of moderate loads (50 lbs). Significant work with telephone, computers and other planetarium and astronomy related electronic and media devices is required.
Ability to teach additional courses from wider background is preferred, but not essential. Prior experience managing or using planetarium equipment would be considered ideal.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.
About TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY
Tarleton State University, offering its own brand of personal attention, a unique history, and an exciting future, is founding member of The Texas A&M University System. Founded as John Tarleton College in 1899, today's university offers cutting-edge academic facilities and world-class faculty with extensive real-world experience. With its main campus in Stephenville, Tarleton offers centers in Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS-Bryan and a global campus for state-of-the-art online programs. Extending the reach of educational value, Tarleton has boosted its selection of online graduate and undergraduate programs through classes in these centers. Students may select areas of study from six colleges: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Graduate Studies, Health Sciences and Human Services, Liberal and Fine Arts, and Science and Technology. More than 60 bachelor's programs and 30 graduate degrees, featuring doctoral studies in educational leadership, have led more than 13,000 students from 45 states and more than 20 foreign countries to make Tarleton State their collective choice for a college education. Tarleton's research centers are daily s...earching for solutions to global problems. For instance, the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research conducts analyses to address environmental issues facing the state and nation, while the Southwest Regional Dairy Center, using an almost $1 million grant, is working on ways to turn animal waste into a viable energy source. Tarleton's blueprints for a brighter-than-ever future include a new applied sciences building with engineering laboratory space on campus in Stephenville, a new academic building on the university's planned 80-acre Fort Worth campus near Chisolm Trail Parkway, and $24 million in upgrades and improvements to the institution's venerable Memorial Stadium.
Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.
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