Position: The Department of Physics at Truman State University has one full-time, renewable, non-tenure track appointment beginning August 2020. This position is ideal for candidates who want to build a record of teaching in a liberal arts environment.
Responsibilities: Teaching a range of introductory and advanced undergraduate physics or astronomy courses.
Required Qualifications: • Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or related field. (ABD candidates will be considered with an expected Ph.D. completion before the first year reappointment recommendation date, approximately February 21, 2021.)
Candidates will be evaluated on: • Ability to teach a wide range of courses in Truman’s undergraduate physics curriculum, including astronomy courses • Evidence of potential or actual teaching effectiveness • Academic qualifications • A record of research in physics or astronomy • Effective communication skills • Prior experience and/or commitment to teaching at an undergraduate liberal arts institution • Compatibility with departmental needs
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance. Renewal of position is based on annual performance review and departmental needs and funding.
Program: The Department of Physics is part of the School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University. The department has 6 faculty members and approximately 80 undergraduate majors. Teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, and offices are located in the recently renovated science building on campus. For more information about the Physics Department, please visit physics.truman.edu.
The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.
Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.
Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.
Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu/. Application materials may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and points of evaluation listed above; statement of teaching philosophy; current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2019, after the initial posting of the advertisement and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.
Truman is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.