Monday, December 12, 2016

VAP, Gustavus Adolphus College MN

Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics to begin September 1, 2017 (subject to final approval). This position should be attractive to recent or imminent Ph.D. recipients who are considering a career at a liberal arts college or small university. The department considers the mentoring of new faculty to be an important part of visiting appointments, and has a successful record in this regard.
The Physics Department has a nationally recognized program providing general-education courses in the liberal arts and service courses for majors in other science disciplines, as well as a comprehensive physics major. Gustavus graduates an average of 18 physics majors per year, of whom a very high percentage pursue graduate and professional degrees. The department is staffed by 6.0 FTE faculty, and is housed and well-equipped in the 64,000 square-foot Olin Hall of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. More information about the department may be found at
Minimum Required Qualifications: We seek candidates who have an earned doctorate in physics (or a related field), but will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status. The successful candidate must have a record of successful physics teaching at the TA level or beyond, and be comfortable teaching with modern laboratory instructional equipment and software. A commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: We are interested in applicants who will complement our commitment to students and faculty from diverse cultural groups, and who will diversify the expertise and experiences represented in the department. Previous academic experience with diverse populations is highly desirable.
Major/Essential Functions: Primary responsibilities during the fall and spring semesters will include approximately 12 contact hours per week in lecture and laboratory courses at the introductory and upper level for various audiences. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to teach a course during our interim January term (a one-month experimental course). There will be some opportunities for visiting faculty to collaborate in undergraduate research in areas such as AMO, optics, acoustics, and other fields, although research activity is not an expectation of this position.
Application and Institution Information: Electronic application is required; email application materials as separate PDFs to The application materials must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, undergraduate and graduate-studies transcripts (scanned copies acceptable), and three confidential letters of professional recommendation (sent directly from the reference). At least one letter should be from a person who can supply an informed evaluation of the applicant's teaching experience. The cover letter and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
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Department of Physics
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W College Ave
Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498
Application information is also available at For more details, visit the College's website at or contact Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.
Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2300 students. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to excellence through diversity with a special emphasis on global engagement and service. Additionally, we strive to be a community supportive of all kinds of individuals and families. As an Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy and practice of Gustavus Adolphus College to provide equal employment opportunities for all. EOE Employer/Disabled/Vet