Teaching Assistant Professor - Physics and Astronomy

Morgantown, West Virginia
Sep 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job No. 09647

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for an anticipated Teaching Assistant Professor position who will contribute to our introductory courses in Physics and Astronomy. The anticipated start date is June 15, 2019, but an earlier start is possible.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, physics education research, or a related discipline; excellent written and oral communication and teaching skills; ability to teach effectively in a large lecture format; ability to develop and teach experiments for undergraduate laboratories; and ability to work effectively with peers as well as graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants. Teaching faculty appointments at WVU are full-time, non-tenure track, term appointments with no limit on the number of renewal terms, and full benefits. Teaching Assistant Professors are eligible for promotion. This position includes a nine-month academic-year appointment and an annual summer appointment for laboratory management (required) as well as additional summer teaching (if desired). There is no traditional research assignment, but Teaching Assistant Professors may apply for grants to fund summer research or outreach. At the Assistant rank, terms may be up to 3 years. Upon promotion to Teaching Associate Professor, terms may be up to 6 years. For Teaching Professors, terms may be up to 9 years.

WVU is a comprehensive land grant university with 28,400 undergraduate students. Over 1,000 students take Introductory Physics classes every year. Our Carnegie Classification is R1 (“Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity”). The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://physics.wvu.edu) consists of 28 tenured and tenure-track faculty, one teaching associate professor, one teaching assistant professor, 15 research faculty and postdoctoral researchers, 75 Ph.D. students, and approximately 80 undergraduate physics majors. The main research areas are astrophysics, condensed matter physics, physics education, and plasma physics.

To apply, please visit https://careers.wvu.edu and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. The cover letter should address your qualifications for each aspect of the responsibilities listed above. For questions or additional information, contact Prof. Duncan Lorimer via e-mail: [email protected] The screening process will begin on November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The university community of Morgantown offers plentiful educational opportunities as well as recreational outlets, is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA, and is about 200 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. We are committed to diversity and welcome applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.