Saturday, November 12, 2016

Term Assistant Professor - Matanuska Susitna College

Job no: 505117
Classification:Term Assistant Professor
Grade:UAFT Grade 10
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:Matanuska Susitna College
Location: Palmer
Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary: Mat-Su College is hiring a full time physics professor to cover course offering that are beginning in Fall 2017.

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"Opportunities start here" is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College); it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals.
Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) is seeking a term Assistant Professor of Physics. This is a bipartite (no research requirement) position. The successful candidate will be available to start August 2017 and will teach introductory physics classes and labs. Applicants must be available to teach the courses face-to-face on the campus of Mat-Su College.

Mat-Su College is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The campus is located on 951 acres in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the fastest growing region of Alaska.  We serve as a major higher education hub for the communities of Wasilla and Palmer.  Our student-friendly campus offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, including paramedic classrooms with a fully equipped ambulance bay, updated science labs, and a new 520-seat performing arts theater, the first in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The campus has an annual operating budget of nearly $11,000,000 and employs nearly one hundred full-time faculty and staff and more than one hundred adjunct instructors to serve approximately 2,000 students each semester.
Join us and help turn student aspirations into reality!

Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts and theories to a diverse student population
Ability to prepare students to progress to advanced levels of science education
Ability to encourage students to be active partners in Knowledge Skills and Abilities the teaching/learning processes
Ability to incorporate technology in a classroom setting to support student learning
Ability to provide a safe learning environment in the classroom and in the laboratory
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Commitment to student success
Ability to construct effective learning activities for students
Ability to foster collegiality and work collaboratively within a diverse environment.
Candidates will be evaluated on suitability of their graduate-level academic coursework and preparation, past teaching experiences, expertise and experience relevant to the effective teaching of their specific field, and potential for providing high-quality instruction to undergraduate students in assigned courses at Mat-Su College.

Required Experience:
Evidence of successful teaching experience in Physics.  College-level teaching experience preferred.

Typical Education and Training
Ph.D. in physics or closely related field required.

Teach 100- and 200-level physics courses and labs to undergraduate college students following the approved UAA course content guide
Prepare syllabus consistent with approved UAA course content guide;
Prepare instruction appropriate to student learning outcomes and class delivery mode, e.g. face-to-face, blended, on-line;
Evaluate student learning;
Provide timely feedback to students on their learning;
Respond to student questions about the class in a timely manner;
Submit final grades on-time.
Hold regular office hours appropriate for the courses being taught
Engage in University, professional and/or community service
Workload will normally consist of: 80% teaching (12 credits per semester) and 20% service to the university, community, and discipline

Interested applicants must submit: a cover letter, CV or resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information as part of their electronic application.  In addition unofficial transcripts, a sample syllabus for an introductory (100 level) physics course, and a statement of teaching philosophy must be emailed to Maureen Hunt at

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Receipt of official transcripts is a condition of employment for the successful hire.