Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lecturer at Christopher Newport Univ.

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering at Christopher Newport University has an immediate opening for a Lecturer in Physics.  Appointment on a nine-month, renewable contract begins August 20, 2012.  Salary is competitive. The University is seeking teacher scholars who are committed to undergraduate education in a liberal arts curriculum, and who want to engage students in creative intellectual challenges.  Our exemplary group of faculty integrates high quality teaching and significant research involving undergraduates and supports the further development of our graduate program.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach physics and/or astronomy lecture and laboratory courses.  Evidence of an active scholarly program in physics or astrophysics, while not required, is highly desirable. Effective oral and written communication skills are required.  A Ph.D. in Physics by August 1, 2012, is required for appointment at the rank of Lecturer.  An appointment at the rank of Instructor requires at least a Master’s degree in Physics or Engineering by August 1, 2012.

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering has nineteen physicists, computer scientists, and engineers working in a collegial atmosphere.  The Department has a variety of laboratories in support of both teaching and research in high-speed data acquisition, complex data analysis and simulation, information science, remote sensor development, and multimedia graphics.

Located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University will soon seek to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  The Fall 2012 freshman class of approximately 1200 students was selected from over 8,000 applicants with a middle 50% SAT range:  1050-1230 (Critical Reading and Math).  Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library, home to the most comprehensive maritime research collections in the world; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.

Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement.  Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission.  Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace.  For further information on CNU, please visit our website at

To apply, please send a letter of interest explaining how the candidate meets the requirements for this position, current curriculum vita, copies of graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to:

Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment
Physics Faculty Search
Search #8205
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606-3072

or to:

Review of applications will begin on July 10, 2012.  Applications received after July 10, 2012, will be accepted but considered only if needed.  Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.