Monday, January 4, 2016

Teaching Assistant/Associate Prof, University of Denver CO

Teaching Assistant Professor - Physics & Astronomy
Job Description

The University of Denver is a private university with approximately 12,000 students located in a thriving metropolis at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Department of Physics and Astronomy underwent a strong expansion with eight tenure-track and one teaching professor positions filled in the last nine years. We offer research programs in astrophysics, biophysics and condensed matter physics. Our diverse and dynamic faculty of 11 includes 3 women and come from 7 different countries. We provide an attentive, hands-on research and learning community for undergraduate and graduate students up through the PhD level. The program is recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage (50%) of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013). More information about the department can be found at

Position Summary
This is a non-tenured faculty appointment that begins September 1, 2016.  The position is for one year and may be renewed. Longer-term contracts and promotion within the Teaching Professor series may be possible after three years of successful performance. The position is at the Teaching Assistant Professor level, but exceptional candidates with a proven track record in teaching at the college/university level may be considered for a Teaching Associate Professor appointment.

Essential Functions
The initial responsibilities include teaching in our non-science majors sequence and our calculus-based introductory physics sequence for physics and engineering majors. These classes typically have 70 to 100 students per section. Other courses may be assigned, depending on the needs of the department. We are especially interested in persons with experience and strong interest in employing and further developing student-centered science teaching approaches, hybrid (partially online) science courses, and collaborative teaching methods since some courses will have multiple sections taught by different faculty members.

Teaching faculty are encouraged to engage in research; however, the effort toward research cannot exceed 10% of the total time commitment.

Teaching faculty contribute to the service mission of the department by advising students, participating in curricular design and assessment of learning, and serving on committees, including at the university level, as needed.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related discipline.
  • Undergraduate degree in Physics.
  • Previous teaching experience at the college/university level - Graduate Teaching Assistant experience may be considered.
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two or more years of teaching at the college/university level with successful student evaluations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide an education experience that empowers students to integrate and apply knowledge.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience including evaluation philosophy and use of technology in the classroom, a statement of contributions to inclusive excellence, and the names of three people who can be contacted for letters of recommendation. NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files.  Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded. Review will begin February 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Steve Iona at

The department is interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and who have knowledge and experiences with a range of pedagogical techniques and approaches in working with these populations. Applicants are requested to include in their application information about how they will advance equity, diversity and inclusion through their teaching and/or service.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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