Friday, November 1, 2019

Full Time Physics Instructor at Oregon State University

DepartmentPhysics (SPH)
Position TitleInstructor
Job TitleInstructor
Appointment TypeAcademic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job LocationCorvallis
Position Appointment Percent100
Appointment Basis9
Faculty StatusRegular
Tenure StatusFixed-Term
Pay MethodSalary
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range$54,000 - $64,000

Minimum/Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Physics or related fields (for example, Electrical Engineering, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Applied Mathematics) by the start of the appointment.
  • Experience with or demonstrated potential for teaching physics at the college or university level. This can include service as Teaching Assistant and/or formal training in pedagogy at the college/university level.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Evidence of familiarity with or plans to engage in student-centered or evidence-based instructional practices.
  • Facility with standard software tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, and course management systems.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in physics or related field.
  • Previous college/university classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience with student-centered or evidence-based instructional practices.
  • Experience developing classroom and/or laboratory curriculum.
  • Experience in using and designing online materials.
  • Evidence of educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners.
  • Experience with a diverse range of instructional modes such as mentoring or advising student research or internships, developing study abroad opportunities, service learning courses, or hybrid or distance learning.
  • Experience preparing and submitting grants.

The Physics Department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, fixed- term Instructor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
The ideal candidate will join a thriving, cohesive, award-winning physics department that deeply values undergraduate education and is committed to evidence-based instructional practices. The lower division educational staff meets every three weeks to discuss curricular matters. The successful candidate will primarily teach lower division physics courses, supervise lower division laboratories, develop curriculum, maintain professional currency, and perform service.
The primary mission of the Department of Physics is to provide undergraduate and graduate education, and conduct basic and applied research. The department offers Doctoral, Masters, and Bachelors degrees in Physics. There are research programs in optics, condensed matter, subatomic physics, astrophysics, cosmology and quantum physics, computational physics, and physics education. The department has over twenty tenure-line and instructional faculty members, approximately 140 majors, and 45 graduate students. Through this position, the Department is looking to enhance its introductory physics courses, both online and on campus.
The College of Science provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. The College is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion. Ongoing efforts to increase inclusion, access and excellence in science education at Oregon State University received a significant impetus with a recent five-year $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to improve instruction in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classrooms.
The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical, mathematical, and statistical sciences to the life sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow.
The anticipated start date of this position is September 16, 2020, but an earlier start date may be negotiable.
90% Instruction and Student related activities:
Responsibilities may include:
  • Teach regular undergraduate credit courses in either algebra-based or calculus-based General Physics and possibly other courses as assigned by the Department Head. Instruction includes (if applicable) in-class activities, laboratory activities and supervision, class administration, regular office hours, and participation in program-level assessment of student learning, in keeping with the highest professional standards.
  • Sustain a commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment for all students.
  • Supervise and mentor Teaching Assistants and Learning Assistants assigned to their courses.
  • Assist in the training of Teaching Assistants and Learning Assistants.
  • Make contributions to general teaching resources such as student-centered classroom activities and online learning systems.
  • Where applicable, assist in the development and delivery of hybrid and/or online versions of General Physics and other courses.
  • Maintain familiarity with recent developments in evidence-based instructional practices.
  • General mentoring of students.
Additionally, instructors are encouraged as appropriate to:
  • Develop, prepare, and submit educational and training grant applications.
  • Perform and supervise undergraduate students in research.
10% Service:
May include any of the following:
  • Service on departmental and university committees related to instruction.
  • Assisting other faculty members as needed, e.g. mentoring part-time instructors.
  • Acting as official advisor for various student organizations and clubs.
  • Participation in activities that increase diversity and inclusion, for example Search Advocate training and mentoring students from underrepresented groups.
  • Engage in departmental outreach activities.
  • Disseminate ideas and methods within the Department, University, and broader community.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants. 

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; and 3) Teaching Statement describing the candidate's training, experience, and goals as a physics educator. Include experiences working with diverse populations and discussion about how your teaching philosophy and practices promote diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. In addition, upon request, candidates will arrange for three letters of recommendation be sent to the search committee chair, care of the OSU Department of Physics. 

For additional information please contact: David A. Craig ( OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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