Assistant Professor of Physics

Job description

The Department of Physics at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 2019. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in teaching and inspiring undergraduate students, as well as an affinity for close student-faculty interaction in a liberal arts environment. Strong preference will be given to candidates with a clear history of implementing innovative, student-centered approaches in the classroom.


Teaching duties will include workshop-format introductory physics for majors and non-majors, upper-level physics classes and laboratories, and survey courses for non-science majors. Participation in cross-disciplinary thematic course “threads” is encouraged as part of NWU’s innovative Archway (general education) Curriculum. Typical departmental teaching load is 12 credit hours, i.e., 15+ weekly combined classroom and lab contact hours each semester. The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate academic and career advising as well as departmental and campus service.

We seek candidates who are actively engaged in their preferred area of research with a clear vision for involving undergraduates; preference will be given to experimentalists who can incorporate students into projects on campus. Background in, or strong connections to, engineering/applied physics fields is a plus to help support advising and curricular connections for students in our 3+2 dual-degree engineering program with affiliated universities. A candidate with documented background in computer science or related areas may also have the opportunity to teach courses supporting NWU’s computer science minor and new interdisciplinary computer science major as part of the regular teaching load.

Nebraska Wesleyan University enrolls more than 1,600 traditional undergraduate students in Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska. NWU has a rich history in the liberal arts, with outstanding faculty providing personal attention to students. In recent years, NWU students have received numerous prestigious national scholarships, including Fulbright, Goldwater, Truman, Boren, Rotary and Critical Language scholarships.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics or closely related field from an accredited institution by August 2019.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student-centered active learning and student engagement.
  • Demonstrated engagement in scholarly and/or professional development activities including appropriate research, publications, and/or presentations.
  • Work ethic that promotes teamwork, enhances creativity and motivation, and builds consensus in an academic environment.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts tradition.

Commitment to Diversity:

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength.  Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they are able to enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement (no more than one page) submitted as part of the application.

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter that clearly explains interest in this position at NWU, together with curriculum vitae, diversity statement, teaching philosophy, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references at the following URL:

Review of applications will begin November 21, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Please visit the NWU website for more information about our institution:




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Posted: 10/29/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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