Position Title: Assistant Professor of Physics
Department: Arts and Sciences
The incumbent will enthusiastically embrace working with undergraduates in classroom and
laboratory settings. Teaching expectations include undergraduate introductory physics courses
(algebra- and calculus-based) and labs, and occasional electives. Advising undergraduates,
engaging in scholarship and service to a collegial department is essential.
This document describes duties that the Academy expects of faculty members. These may change
with each academic year, through discussions between you and your department head/dean/vice
president. You will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of how well you perform these duties.
The responsibilities for this position will include some or all of the following: teaching, student
advising, scholarship, service, and administrative responsibilities. Teaching is the fundamental
responsibility of each faculty member, all faculty members are expected to participate in this
Teaching responsibilities include time spent in the classroom, laboratory, or training ship(s) and in
immediate preparation for these; maintaining and improving competence in subjects being taught;
preparing contemporary teaching materials; conferring with students on course materials;
directing individual and group studies and practica; reviewing written examinations and papers;
evaluating presentations; supervising independent study projects, and supervising or teaching
clinical cooperatives or industry programs.
Student advising includes time spent meeting with students regarding academic, curricular and
Academy service includes, but is not limited to, service on the Faculty Senate, Academy and
departmental committees. Professional service implies the use of academic and professional
expertise to serve your profession, the community, the state, the nation, or the world.
Professors must evidence their documented and continued professional development. Scholarship
enables individuals to remain current in the theory, practice, knowledge, skills and/or pedagogy of
their disciplines. For some, scholarship and continued professional development may mean hands-on
development and training in industry. The scholarly expectations of Faculty should be
consistent with the mission and purposes of Maine Maritime Academy.
OTHER ASPECTS OF FACULTY PERFORMANCE
Collegiality, as well as professional and ethical conduct, enhances teaching, learning and the general
reputation of all persons in the academy. Therefore, all faculty members are expected to serve in a
collegial fashion and in accordance with professional and ethical principles when dealing with other
faculty members, students, administrators, and members of the public.
To teach at undergraduate and/or graduate level in areas allocated by the Department Head
To contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high quality
To assist in the development of learning materials, preparing lesson plans and maintaining
records to monitor student progress, achievement and attendance.
To participate in departmental and faculty seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes
and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the department.
To participate in the development, administration and marking of exams and other
assessments of students within and without your department.
To provide advice and support to students.
Inform students of their progress by promptly returning assignments, quizzes, papers and
Hold office hours weekly.
To participate in the administration of the department’s programs and other activities as
To contribute to departmental, faculty, or Academy-wide working groups or committees as
To maintain one’s own continuing professional development.
To maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations.
All academic staff are expected to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to academic excellence;
that is, to the conduct of possible research, publication, teaching and other forms of knowledge
transfer, at the highest levels of achievement.
Teaching and other forms of public presentation.
Proven record of ability to supervise academic work by undergraduates and masters
Proven record of ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines.
Ability to write clearly and tailor communication style to meet the needs of the recipient.
Ability to work collaboratively.
Ability to share in organization and management of various Academy programs.
Commitment to high quality teaching and fostering a positive learning environment for
Commitment to continuous professional development.
Commitment to MMA’s policy of equal opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously
with colleagues and students of all genders, cultures and backgrounds.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills are essential.
Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
High degree of professionalism.
Demonstrated integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality.
Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and conditions.
Doctoral degree in physics preferred, Master’s Degree required.
4-5 years of demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, (academic research), and
Membership in relevant professional organization(s).
Prefer an individual with professional writing or research in refereed and other
professional journals or a recognized authority in the field of specialization.
Background check is required
Must present original copies of transcripts upon hire
Typical classroom and office environments are in multi-story buildings with elevator access.