Wednesday, December 16, 2015

TT at Franklin College

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Franklin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Physics beginning in August 2016. The successful applicant will have:
  • a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry or a closely related field, ABD considered
  • a proven commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate physics, preferably in a liberal arts environment
  • a demonstrated interest in experimental/applied physics and undergraduate research
  • the desire to develop a robust physics or biophysics program
A willingness to use recently-acquired ultra-sound imaging equipment in teaching and/or undergraduate research is preferred.
Teaching responsibilities include:
  • General Physics (both algebra and calculus based)
  • upper level physics courses, as needed to support the Physics minor
Duties besides teaching include student advising, service on departmental and college committees, and engaging in scholarship and professional development. The successful candidate should also be willing to initiate and steward key relationships with alumni and community partners that can provide research experiences, internships or employment opportunities for our students.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural and gender diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information visit
Interested candidates should electronically submit a (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references; (4) teaching portfolio including teaching philosophy and student evaluation summaries; (5) a statement of research plans with specific involvement of undergraduates; and (6) undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) to
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world.  The college offers its approximately 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in 51 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation.  Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.  For more information, visit  Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.
The successful candidate will join faculty colleagues who are passionate about classroom teaching and actively engaged in campus and community service. The normal workload for a tenure-track faculty member involves teaching 12 hours/semester, a month-long winter term class every other year, a college committee assignment, and student advising. There are no summer school teaching responsibilities, but the possibility exists to offer a summer class or oversee undergraduate research projects for additional compensation.
The Sciences have always been one of Franklin College's strongest academic disciplines. Our graduates, who have an 80%+ acceptance rate for professional schools, are employed by employers such as Eli Lilly Inc., Dow AgroSciences, Heritage Environmental, and the Department of Environmental Management. In order to continue this tradition of success and meet the changing needs of our students, we recently began a two- pronged strategic initiative. The first requires implementation of a newly designed curriculum with a higher emphasis on hands-on learning, including participation in independent research projects or specialized internships, and on the application of new technologies. We expect the successful candidate to be able to use four recently-acquired ultrasound imaging units in teaching current courses, involving students in undergraduate research or design ultra-sound imaging related courses that contribute to our premed curriculum. The second involves a capital campaign and construction/renovation of the campus science facilities. As we move the project through the planning and building phases, input from each individual member of the Natural Science Division will be critical to ensure the end product meets the needs of, and vision for, his/her specialty.
Franklin faculty members receive funds for professional development and have access to a variety of benefit programs as outlined at

Franklin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, marital status or sexual orientation in any of its programs, offerings or employment practices.  Individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural and gender diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to apply. For inquiries regarding its non-discrimination policies, contact Franklin College, Manager of Human Resources/Title IX Officer, 101 Branigin Blvd., Franklin, IN  46131, or (317) 738-8028.