Friday, January 19, 2018

FT Lecturer, UW-Tacoma

The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites applicants for one full-time Lecturer position in Physics in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics (SAM) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time renewable position with an appointment term of one to five years and a nine-month service period beginning September 16, 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with culturally diverse populations in higher education, integrate evidence-based and inclusive pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching and learning, mentor new majors in the sciences, and support the division, school, and institution through service. The teaching and updating of lower-division physics curriculum are important responsibilities of the position. The position requires at minimum a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in physics, applied physics, engineering, or a related field, and experience teaching introductory and/or upper division courses at the university or college level.
We are especially interested in applicants committed to implementing best practices in teaching underserved populations, and who are prepared to develop and teach courses serving students from majors including environmental science, biomedical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and non-science/engineering majors. The successful candidate will become an integral member of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty and staff committed to excellence and innovation in teaching at an urban-serving campus. SAM faculty also have a strong reputation for incorporating service learning and community engagement in their teaching and scholarship.
The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its core. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound.  Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting.  Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has an urban-serving mission, with access as a central value. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:
Application Instructions
To apply, please submit:
(1)   A letter detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your qualifications and experience match the position’s description and the mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and UW Tacoma,
(2)   A statement (one page maximum) detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarly engagement has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion,
(3)   Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of courses you have taught and your role (e.g. primary instructor versus teaching assistant),
(4)   Statement of your teaching philosophy,
(5)   Evidence of teaching effectiveness [such as peer reviews, sample materials, a contextualized summary of course evaluations], and
(6)   At least three letters of reference that address your teaching.
Submit all application materials through, to be received by February 1, 2018. For further information, contact Dr. Peter Selkin at
Our university strategic plan foregrounds our commitment to access in all of its forms. With this in mind, we affirm our commitment to value diverse experiences and perspectives and to strive to fully include everyone who engages with the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
One critical feature of this commitment is accessible technology. Inaccessible information technology negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.
All applicants should use the UW Accessibility Technology Guidelines to create any application materials that will be considered by the committee.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation e-mail. This information will not be shared with the search committee.
UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.