Friday, October 24, 2014

TT at Central College, Iowa

QUALIFICATIONS AND TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (ABD may apply) in Physics with graduate work in Mechanical Engineering (or a related area) and strong teaching skills. The successful candidate will be expected to teach standard undergraduate physics courses at introductory and advanced levels (including laboratories), courses serving non-science students, and introductory engineering courses (Engineering Graphics, Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials). Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching and have an understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts environment. Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, advising and mentoring of students, and engaging in scholarship and service that contributes to the institution and profession.  

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS: Central’s physics department currently offers a major and a minor in physics and participates in a dual-degree pre-engineering program. The department is comprised of dynamic and dedicated faculty who work collegially with each other and students to support teaching and learning. Students benefit from the one-on-one attention provided by faculty devoted to teaching and working with students. The physics program at Central College prepares students for industrial jobs, graduate school and research, teaching, engineering jobs and other technical areas. The department graduates an average of nine majors annually. Many continue directly to graduate school to study engineering on the graduate level at various universities across the nation. 84% of physics graduates enter graduate school within one year of leaving Central College; 95% are admitted into their first or second choice graduate school. The department is housed in a modern natural science facility, which is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and also includes the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science. An 11-inch reflector telescope is located in a nearby observatory. For more information please visit our website at
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply for this position please visit Review of applications will begin on 7 November and continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials online:
  1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position and the College
  2. an updated curriculum vita
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications for this tenure-line faculty appointment at a liberal arts college can be sent electronically to or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.