Thursday, October 24, 2019

Assistant Professor of Physics at Westminister College

Salt Lake City, UT
Faculty - Science - Physics
Application Due:
Open Until Filled

Job Description
Westminster College invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Physics to begin in August 2020. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and a commitment to liberal arts education. The 24-credit annual teaching assignment will include lower-division courses for both majors and non-majors, and upper-division courses in physics. We particularly seek candidates who have a strong interest, and ideally experience, in teaching using methods developed and supported by Physics Education Research (PER). Preference will be given to candidates who are experimentalists (including in PER) and are able to supervise students in undergraduate research at a small liberal arts college, although theoreticians with an experimental overlap will be strongly considered. A Ph.D. degree in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics is required. Position is contingent on budgetary approval.

Westminster College's commitment to diversity and global learning is revealed in its core values, mission and vision statements, and learning goals. We seek colleagues who are prepared to facilitate the learning of all students, including those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in Physics completed no later than August, 2020.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will have served as the instructor of record for multiple courses and be able to demonstrate the ability to employ pedagogical practices that generate active and engaged learning.
  • An active intellectual life that includes regular presentations at academic conference and the occasional publication of scholarly and/or pedagogy-related articles.
Application & Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:
For application instructions, please consult the online job board ( Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application that demonstrates competencies in the above qualifications will include:

Curriculum Vita
A letter of application that highlights your specific qualifications for the position, including a discussion of your past teaching experiences and your preparation to teach and mentor students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
Contact information for three professional references.

About Westminster:

Westminster College is a place for self-reliant students of all backgrounds who seek lives of consequence. We are a private, independent college that has been advancing the liberal arts tradition in Utah since 1875. Our historic campus is the center of Salt Lake City's Sugar House neighborhood. Our mountain vistas inspire exploration, our urban surroundings provide endless opportunities, and our small classes promote inclusive dialogue. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Our devoted faculty challenge students to engage their curiosity and pursue their passions through purpose-driven academic programs. Westminster is a place for expanding your worldview, innovating for the future, and launching a meaningful life. For more information visit


Postal Address:
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105