Manhattanville College is seeking to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, with research specialization open, to start in August 2020. This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious and visionary candidate to set the direction in a growing physics department. Candidates with an interest in supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are especially encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will initially be the only full-time faculty member in the physics department, which also has adjunct professors and lab facilities. Currently, there are nine students registered in a physics major and one student with a registered physics minor.
Mentorship, guidance, and training will be available to the successful candidate from senior colleagues in other departments, as well as staff and administrators. Manhattanville has a culture of collaboration across departments and programs which also bring the opportunity to teach interdisciplinary courses or courses outside physics in other programs, such as the First Year Program (FYP) and the Castle Scholars Honors Program. These courses can be on a wide range of topics. For example, FYP 1100: Principles vs. Prejudices covers the eternal struggle for social justice and inclusion, and examines the ongoing role of education and Manhattanville specifically in that struggle.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials as pdf attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover letter/letter of interest.
Curriculum Vitae, which should list education, professional experience, publications/presentations.
Teaching Statement, which should describe your teaching methods and persuade that they are the best way to meet the needs of Manhattanville’s diverse body of physics students.
Research Statement, which should show that you will be able to maintain a research program as the only full-time faculty member in physics. Independent research projects, interdisciplinary projects involving other departments, and external collaborations are all good ways to do this. The ability to engage students in research is a plus, as are realistic plans to apply for external grants.
DEI Statement, which should show that you have knowledge of the complex challenges facing students from underrepresented or underserved groups in physics, and that you have the empathy and initiative it will take to reach and serve those students.
Letters of recommendation do not need to be submitted at this time. Finalists will be requested to have three recommenders send letters in a timely fashion.
The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
Flexibility to teach all the courses typical of an undergraduate physics curriculum.
Teaching expertise using evidence-based best practices (e.g. active learning, flipped classroom).
Initiative to make strategic decisions for the department and turn them into reality.
Resourcefulness to make the most of every opportunity for the department.
Collaborative disposition to engage productively with administration and faculty governance.
Research acumen to carry out independent research projects and/or external collaborations.
Ability to engage non-science majors in general-education physics courses.
Palpable passion that will inspire students.
Empathy and respect needed to support students with diverse backgrounds.
Ability to engage students in research projects.
A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field by the start date.
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, which can be directed to Austin Purves, current chair of the physics department and chair of the search committee, at email@example.com
About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college with a nationally and internationally diverse student body of approximately 1,500 undergraduates and 900 graduate students, located 28 miles north of New York City on 100 acres. Building on its heritage of social justice and social activism, the College prepares students through rigorous academic and co-curricular programs, for ethical and socially-responsible leadership in a global community. We achieve this through integrated learning that combines classroom rigor with experiential opportunities, leadership with service, intimate attention with global reach, progressive change with enduring values, social commitment with ethical responsibility, and diversity with community. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We are committed to hiring qualified and diverse candidates and creating a community that is welcoming to all people, and made up of a diverse group of people.
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