Monday, October 6, 2014

Two TT/T at Central Washington University

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Job Summary:
The Physics Department at Central Washington University invites applications for two tenure-track positions, one at the Assistant Professor level and one at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, both beginning September 16, 2015. The principal responsibilities of physics faculty at CWU are teaching both lower- and upper-division courses, advising and mentoring students, establishing and maintaining a research program that meaningfully engages undergraduate students, and participating in appropriate service activities.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph. D. in physics or closely related field;
  • Comprehensive plan for a research program that meaningfully engages undergraduate students;
  • Research focus in condensed matter physics, biophysics, optics, or astronomy.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research program that emphasizes experimental methods conducted primarily on campus;
  • Experience using active learning techniques to teach physics;
  • Successful grant writing experience;
  • Familiarity with the AAPT SPIN-UP report and a demonstrated willingness to contribute to the department's implementation of the report's recommendations.
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The CWU physics department has quadrupled the number of its majors over the past seven years, largely due to award-winning, student-centered faculty, innovative curricula, and a long-term commitment to implementing recommendations of the AAPT SPIN-UP report ( A new facility to house the department is scheduled for occupancy in 2016. The department delivers two bachelor degree programs, as well as service and general education courses, in a department culture that is highly collegial and supportive. Two full time instructional technicians with a well-equipped shop support the faculty. The department also hosts an exceptionally active, award-winning Society of Physics Students chapter and astronomy club. The current academic interests of faculty members include acoustics, astronomy, atmospheric science, biophysics, computational physics, FIR spectroscopy, optics, and science education.
For information about the department see our web page
Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:
  • A letter of application that summarizes the qualifications identified in this position announcement, including a statement describing how the applicant can contribute to the department's implementation of the AAPT SPIN-UP report;
  • Teaching statement that describes the applicant's experience with, and commitment to, undergraduate physics education (upload documents into the Applicant Documents section of this application under the "Statement of Teaching Philosophy" link);
  • Statement that describes a plan for implementing a research program that includes meaningful participation by undergraduate students with potential for external funding (upload under the "Statement of Research Interests" link);
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Transcripts (for the highest degree obtained); and
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Other Required Documents:
  • Three letters of recommendation. Please provide names and email addresses of three references in the Reference Letter Requests section of the online application. Reference letters will be solicited for finalists. Emails will be sent to each finalists' references requesting that they upload letters of recommendation to the application. Do not send reference letters directly to the department.
**NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Piacsek
Department of Physics
phone: 509-963-2723
Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.
Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to submit to a background check and education verification. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.
The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here:
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