Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Job description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Valparaiso University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position for a one-academic-year appointment beginning in August 2018. The department seeks applicants with a strong interest in quality undergraduate teaching, as the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching both classroom and laboratory physics courses, primarily at the introductory level.  A Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy is preferred, but candidates with degrees in related fields will be considered.  Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.  Research activity during the academic year is not expected for this position.  However, the department is supportive of active research, with the understanding that teaching is the primary responsibility.  Areas of active research in the Department include stellar astrophysics, galactic astrophysics, nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience, and computational physics.  Information about the department can be found at

Valparaiso University is a highly regarded private university with over 3000 undergraduates located 50 miles SE of Chicago.  Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.  Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at   Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially invited to apply for this position. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.  In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences.

Applicants should submit electronic copies of a curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests (optional), and the names and addresses of three references to  Consideration of applications will begin March 17 and continue until the position is filled.  Salary will be based upon experience. Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.




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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Competitive