Thursday, June 13, 2019

0.9 FTE VAP, St. Olaf College, MN

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Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Transcript - Graduate, Transcript - Undergraduate
Physics Term Faculty 2019-20
The Department of Physics at St. Olaf College invites applicants for a Visiting Assistant Professor, part-time (0.9 FTE, 5.5 courses) term position for the 2019-20 academic year, starting Aug. 15, 2019. 
Primary Responsibilities:  Teach a combination of lecture and laboratory courses in physics with a load of 5.5 course-equivalents. The position is likely to include a variety of teaching assignments, such as introductory physics for non-majors, first or second-year courses for majors, advanced laboratory sections, an elective course in the major and/or general education course.

Qualifications:  Ph. D. in physics (or in a closely related field with a strong physics foundation) and demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in a residential liberal arts college setting. We seek motivated teachers who will thrive in an environment where close collaboration with students is the norm. Strong candidates nearing completion of the Ph.D. may also be considered for appointment at the rank of visiting instructor.

The Department is particularly interested in applicants who will continue to contribute to our diverse community and broaden our curricular offerings. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

Applicants must submit materials online at A complete application includes:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement on your approach to teaching
  • Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)
  • Contact information for three references who can speak to your qualifications and potential as a teacher of physics (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after initial screening) 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Prof. Jason Engbrecht, department chair, at More information about the department can be found at Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

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