Friday, June 13, 2014

Astro TT at Humboldt State, Arcata CA [Fall 2015]
Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2015
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Job #7609

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state
DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Astronomy, Astrophysics or related discipline.
RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:
Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: 3.pdf.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred at time of appointment. Candidates with considerable progress towards terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. Completion of terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
  • Commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Successful undergraduate teaching experience or evidence of promise as a teacher at the university level (preferably documented in one or more letters of recommendation);
  • Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving undergraduate students in research and scholarly activity;
  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and
  • Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.
Preferred qualifications for this position include:
  • Ability to teach Physics and Astronomy courses across our curriculum; and
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in Astronomy/Astrophysics projects.
At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include: lectures, activities and/or laboratory instruction in both lower and upper division Physics and Astronomy courses, as well as General Education courses. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students. Dedication to superior undergraduate instruction is a long-standing tradition at Humboldt State and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching, research & scholarship with undergraduate students, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers a B.S. degree in Physics (with an optional emphasis in Astronomy) and a B.A. degree in Physics. For more information please visit:
APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials:
  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Description of undergraduate research projects;
  • Application for Academic Employment:;
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Three recent, signed letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate’s professional preparation and experience.
Signed letters of recommendation may be e-mailed or mailed separately from the other application materials. Submission of the remaining application materials should be sent as a
single PDF document, in the order listed above to:

In letter of application, please refer to
Job #7609. Please direct any questions pertaining to this position to:
Dr. Monty Mola, Search Committee Chair
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone (707) 826-5328

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than September 29, 2014. Early response is encouraged.
Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Finalists for this position are required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department. Results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of fingerprinting is borne by the university. California State University is in the process of revising its system-wide policy on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect. All CSU employees who are hired on or after the effective date of the revised policy will be required to sign and submit a form prior to commencing CSU employment to acknowledge their reporting obligations. Employees will also be expected to complete a web-based training. Human Resources will inform the successful candidate when the new policy is issued and of reporting obligations.
The University is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX/ADA employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans and people with disabilities. Humboldt State University employs only individuals authorized to work in the United States.

Humboldt State University is part of the 23-campus California State University system. The University has a comprehensive arts and sciences curriculum, which is recognized nationally for its high academic quality. Founded in 1913, HSU is one of the premier, public institutions in the western United States; it is a residential and rural campus with an enrollment of approximately 8,000 students. The main campus is located in Arcata, California, in the northwestern part of the state along the coast, situated among redwood trees in an area that offers unmatched scenic beauty, moderate climate and opportunities for outdoor activities. The surrounding Humboldt County locale has a population of 130,000. The community offers an excellent range of businesses, services and cultural activities/performances. The local schools are ranked in the top performance percentiles, both nationally and in the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at: