Monday, September 23, 2019

Instructor of Physics at University of Arkansas Fort Smith

DeadlineDecember 15, 2019
Date PostedSeptember 20, 2019

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: F00077P

Working Title: Instructor of Physics

Position Number20-10-0027

Physical Science

For nearly 7,000 students each semester, UAFS offers a dynamic learning environment, a rich campus life, a vibrant international population, opportunities to travel and study abroad, and a host of prestigious degree programs. Small class sizes combined with innovative, applied learning opportunities have led to a record of high job and graduate school placement rates after graduation, an indication of the student-centered education that has defined UAFS since its founding in 1928. An $80 million endowment fund propels the University and its students into a promising future. In the fall of 2015, UAFS completed a role and scope change and began offering master’s degrees. UAFS is one of 18 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.

About the University
Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for cost of living, and a top city in the nation for highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

UAFS’ beautiful 170-acre campus features 20 major buildings and the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. The University opened a 58,000 square-foot visual arts facility in the fall of 2015. A student-supported recreation and wellness center, featuring a rock-climbing wall, basketball, and volleyball courts, and state-of-the-art equipment, opened in the fall of 2016. Such projects initiated the 15-year transformation of the campus in accordance with the University’s updated master plan. These two buildings complement the University’s top-notch amenities across campus, including a newly renovated library that boasts expansive areas for student use and vast collections of literature and academic resources.

Position Summary
Primary responsibilities will be teaching a variety of undergraduate physics courses including algebra- and calculus-based physics lectures/laboratories, select upper-level physics courses and physical sciences. Other duties will include on-going curriculum planning and review; professional and instructional development; service to the department, college, and university, including committee, assessment, student recruitment, and retention activities; and other related duties as required and/or assigned. The position reports to Department Head of Physical Sciences.

Summary of Job Duties
• Classroom Instruction
• Scholarly Activity
• Service to department, college and University, including committees and assessments
• Recruitment and retention of students
• Attendance and participation in all faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, departmental retreats, and other meetings/events as required
• Curriculum planning, implementation, and evaluation
• Assessment and evaluation of instruction
• Professional development
• Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include a Masters in Physics or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications
Previous teaching experience at the college level, industrial experience, expertise in astronomy, or online instruction.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Ability to effectively teach a wide range of physics, physical sciences and related courses to physics minors
• Ability to effectively teach a wide range of general education physics courses to non-majors including online instruction
• Commitment to excellence in teaching, including the utilization of modern classroom technology pedagogy, and well-developed communication skills
• Ability to interact with diverse groups of people with a commitment to working within a team
• Ability to improve student learning with instructional methods that address a variety of learning styles

Special Job Dimensions
Work performed primarily in an office, classroom and laboratory settings. Occasional travel and extended hours required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. Required abilities include walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods. Visual demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 20 pounds.

Work Schedule
This is a 9-month position.


$44,000 - $53,000, depending on education and experience

Competitive benefits package.

Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Does this position require a background check?

Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check. Position requires employee complete Arkansas Mandated Reporter training prior to employment.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date: 09/20/2019

Close Date:12/15/2019

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, apply by November 30, 2019.

Anticipated start date: 08/10/2020

EEO Statement
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The University abides by all applicable employment laws.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and all other aspects of employment.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Unofficial College Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Related Certifications
Supplemental Questions

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