Earlham College invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2013. The successful candidates will be expected to teach a full range of undergraduate Physics courses, and to develop a program involving undergraduate students in research.
Since Earlham is hiring two new members for a three-member department, there will be considerable flexibility in which courses the new hires will teach. Teaching load for the department typically includes some courses that are taught every year, such as the two-semester introductory sequences (one algebra based, the other calculus based), Modern Physics, Advanced Lab and Mathematical Physics.
Other courses are taught in alternate years: intermediate level mechanics, electrodynamics, thermal physics, quantum mechanics and electronics. The senior seminar is taught every year, though the topic of the seminar varies depending on the interests of the student and of the instructor. The department also contributes occasional courses in Computer Science and Mathematics; an ability to teach in computer science would be desirable.
In addition, the department has been teaching a variety of courses for non-scientists, including introductory Astronomy, Physics for Future Presidents, and the Physics of Sound. The department would welcome additional such courses for non-scientists, so any new hires will be welcome to create such courses of their own.
Earlham is willing to allow faculty to step outside their original academic fields. This has taken the form of interdepartmental courses and colloquia, leadership of off-campus programs, oversight of student activities, and support for faculty as they explore new directions for their research and teaching. Such activities cannot replace a faculty member’s commitment to teaching and research activities as described below, but can prove a revitalizing supplement to them.
For complete application instructions, please visit, www.earlham.edu/jobs.