Monday, November 29, 2010

Non-TT at the University of St. Thomas

Job Summary: The Physics Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN ( invites applications for a full-time, ongoing, non-tenure-track faculty position to start September 2011.

The successful candidate will teach 6-7 courses per year, primarily at the introductory level but possibly at the advanced level as well. In addition, the candidate will be expected to operate our new observatory, which comprises a fully automated 17" telescope along with several smaller telescopes. The candidate will be frequently available for evening sky viewings throughout the year and will work closely with the Observatory Director and other faculty to develop new curricular and community outreach activities. These endeavors will constitute the bulk of the candidate's professional engagement beyond regular teaching duties.

While the area of expertise is open, knowledge of astronomy is necessary and so is a strong commitment to excellent teaching, curriculum improvement, and university service. A physics or astronomy PhD is strongly preferred, but Masters will be considered. A demonstrated aptitude for teaching physics and astronomy at the undergraduate level is also preferred.

Our department currently consists of six full-time faculty in a broad range of fields, four adjunct faculty, and one full-time laboratory manager. In addition to teaching we also engage students in a variety of research projects during the school year and summer. Our growing program currently graduates 10 to 12 majors per year.

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