Wednesday, March 2, 2016

VAP at University of New England

The Department of Chemistry and Physics invites applications for a visiting physics lecturer effective August 2016.  This position is a half-year, full-time position for a sabbatical leave.  Candidates must have at least a Masters in Physics or a related field, and a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level.  The position involves studio instruction employing the latest developments in physics education research related to introductory physics for the life sciences.  The position includes 18 student contact hours of instruction per week. Preference will be given to candidates with experience or training in guided inquiry techniques or a background in physics education research.

Facilities and Approach:
UNE uses the modeling approach to physics instruction ( adapted and implemented for use in the algebra-based college physics environment.  The studio courses are all taught in two state-of the-art physics labs, each with a maximum capacity of 24 students.  Each lab has eight stations equipped with Vernier LabPro interfaces, a range of probes, and LoggerPro software.  The content focus is IPLS – introductory physics for the life sciences, a majority of our students are life and health science majors.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics has an energetic faculty actively engaged in teaching, program development, and undergraduate research. The Physics faculty includes one tenured faculty member and three full-time physics lecturers.  The Chemistry faculty includes seven tenure-track or tenured faculty positions, four chemistry lecturers, and two laboratory assistants.

The University has campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Physics courses are offered on the Biddeford campus, located at the mouth of the Saco River, about 20 miles south of Portland and less than 2 hours from Boston, in an area that offers a wide range of recreational and cultural opportunities. More information about the campus and region can be found by following links on the University's web page (

To Apply for This Position
1.     Submit an application package containing the following:

a.     Letter of Application

b.     Current Curriculum Vitae

c.     Brief statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2 page maximum)

d.     Names and contact information of three individuals who have been asked to provide recommendations.

e.     Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable.

2.     Arrange for three letters of reference, specifically addressing potential for excellence in teaching, to be electronically submitted by the referees.

3.     The application package and letters of reference should be sent to  Indicate "Physics Lecturer Search" and position number 1037 in the subject line of all correspondence.

Review of applications will begin February 15th 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.* Background check may be required.