Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Non-TT/continuing at Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada seeks applicants for one full-time continuing faculty position in the area of Physical Sciences. The successful candidate will have exemplary teaching skills, a cross-disciplinary perspective, and a willingness to rethink higher education. The Physical Sciences curriculum at Quest includes introductory-level courses (including two ‘Foundation’ courses and a physics sequence) and upper-division ‘Concentration’ courses in advanced topics. The successful applicant will contribute to our current introductory-level offerings by teaching the ‘Energy and Matter’ Foundation course and introductory (mechanics, electromagnetism, and modern) physics courses. The successful applicant will also develop new Concentration courses in their areas of specialty that complement existing offerings. Please see our Course Calendar for additional information on course offerings. Candidates who demonstrate the ability and willingness to develop experiential opportunities, including undergraduate research projects, are highly desirable. All Quest faculty are expected to be able to teach the four core interdisciplinary ‘Milestone’ courses (Cornerstone, Rhetoric, Question, and Keystone) that are taken by all students; most faculty teach one of these courses per year.

About Quest: Quest University Canada offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science degree to undergraduates in seminar-style classes limited to 20 students. Run on a block schedule, courses are intensive and highly interactive. Our faculty frequently collaborate across disciplines in both curricular development and pedagogical innovation. Further details about Quest and the application procedure can be found in our Faculty Openings page.

Applicant requirements: A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Candidates are expected to have designed and taught at least one university-level (or equivalent) course. Candidates without this level of experience are encouraged to apply for a teaching fellowship. (Fellowship advertisements will be posted in 2016.) We are open to applications from all scholarly specialties in the physical sciences provided that the applicant: (1) demonstrates the ability to teach introductory physics, (2) complements the fields already represented on the faculty, and (3) explains their potential to involve students in experiential learning using the resources of a small, liberal arts institution. Disciplines already represented on our faculty include astrophysics, environmental engineering, hard rock geology, and biochemistry; examples of complementary disciplines are geophysics, particle physics, architecture, civil infrastructure, and fluids. Applications from candidates in theoretical, experimental, computational, and applied fields are all equally welcome. Although research, especially that involving undergraduates, is encouraged, those seeking a research-focused faculty position should not apply. Hiring for this position is subject to budgetary approval.


(1) A cover letter of no more than two pages. Please: (a) address specific aspects of the Quest curriculum that you find particularly exciting and explain how your background prepares you to deliver these pedagogical approach(es); (b) specify how you are qualified to teach one (or more) existing Quest Foundation courses; (c) list specific new courses you can create (or existing courses you could reapproach) for our Concentration program; and (d) describe what your Question would be if you were a Quest student.

(2) A curriculum vitae emphasizing your experience with teaching, research, mentoring, collaboration, and educational innovation. Please include the name and contact information for three references.

(3) A description of your Ph.D. in language appropriate to an educated but non-specialist audience (~200 words).

(4) A one-page statement describing how your research and scholarship can translate into successful mentoring of undergraduates and innovative in-class teaching.

Please send all materials as a single .PDF file to psfaculty@questu.ca by December 01, 2015. Interviews for finalists will be run December, 2015–January, 2016.
The start date for the position will be August 01, 2016.