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Job Title ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS OR ASTRONOMY Department Physics and Astronomy School/Parent Organization School of Humanities and Sciences Division Provost and Educational Affairs Division Employment Category Fulltime-Regular Academic Year 2019-2020 Academic Semester Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Anticipated start date 08/16/2019 If temporary, expected end date Faculty Status Tenure Eligible, Notice (TE) Position/Job Summary
The Ithaca College Department of Physics and Astronomy (located in Ithaca, NY) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin August 16, 2019. The successful candidate will embrace our commitment to undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentorship, will establish an active experimental physics or astrophysics research program or an observational astronomy research program with significant undergraduate student involvement, and will contribute to the operation and improvement of the department, school, and college.
The faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community within the department and college. We seek candidates with an authentic desire to utilize inclusive practices to promote an increasingly diverse population of students, staff, and faculty. The physics and astronomy faculty are also deeply committed to delivering student-centered research-based pedagogy. Candidates should be familiar or have experience with active-learning techniques and be willing to implement them in the classroom. Strong candidates will be able to teach students with diverse learning styles and be comfortable teaching across the required physics curriculum. Candidates must also have well-formulated ideas about how they will develop an active research program and mentor undergraduate research students, including mentoring multi-semester senior thesis projects. Candidates with expertise in all areas of physics, astrophysics, and astronomy will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a willingness to use the on-campus Clinton B. Ford Observatory for regular public outreach events, or to support undergraduate research projects, or both. Training and mentorship regarding operation and maintenance of the observatory will be provided.
Ithaca College is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the institution, and our goal is to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Applicants who can contribute to this diversity through their teaching, research, or service are particularly encouraged to apply.
Position/Job Qualifications
The successful candidate must have completed a PhD in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field by August 1, 2019. Experience as a teacher of record or as a teaching assistant at the undergraduate level is required. Candidates who are interested in maintaining the college's observatory and its programs will be preferred.
EEO Statement
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.
Instructions for submitting your application:
Interested applicants must apply online at and attach: 1. a complete curriculum vitae, 2. a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, 3. a description of research plans, and 4. a statement that addresses how they will contribute to a culture of inclusion and to diversity at Ithaca College. The candidate must address the expectations detailed in the job summary and job qualifications in these statements.

In particular, the candidate should discuss in the teaching statement their philosophy of teaching, their teaching experience, including teaching at the undergraduate level, and their interest in working at a primarily undergraduate institution. The candidate should also discuss what knowledge or experience they have with active-learning techniques and how they would implement those techniques at Ithaca College. In the research statement, the candidate should discuss their research background, proposed plans for research at Ithaca College, and how undergraduate students will be integrated into an active experimental or observational research program. The candidate should discuss in the inclusion statement how they will contribute to or support diversity and inclusion in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Candidates interested in using the Ford Observatory for outreach or for student research projects should describe their ideas for using the observatory in the teaching, research, and/or inclusion statements as they see fit.

The applicant must also provide names and email addresses of three (3) individuals who will be asked to submit letters of reference for candidates who are invited to the second round of the application process. At least one of the letter writers should speak to the candidate's teaching ability and at least one letter writer should speak to the candidate's research skills and ability. Emails containing a link to submit letters of reference will be auto-generated and sent to the applicant's references upon confirmation that the candidate wishes to move forward with their application.
Applications are not complete until all application materials are received. Questions about the online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by October 8, 2018.
Work authorization (select one): Visa sponsorship will be considered for this position Department description
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a vibrant and inclusive community that values active and collaborative learning, meaningful student involvement with faculty in innovative research, and participation of all members of the community in activities of the department and college.

The department recently expanded to include nine full-time faculty and two full time staff (an administrative assistant and an equipment/laboratory specialist). The faculty maintain a close relationship with our approximately sixty undergraduate majors and minors through small classes, undergraduate involvement in research, one-on-one academic advising, and department activities. Our faculty also teach in the college's Integrative Core Curriculum (general liberal arts education) and provide several courses to satisfy requirements for other major programs (e.g., physical therapy, chemistry). Visit us online to learn more:
College description
At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State's scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger's as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at
FLSA Status Exempt Is this position eligible for benefits? Yes Is this position covered by the SEIU? No Vacancy ID F2115

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  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  3. Statement of Research Interests
  4. Inclusion Statement
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      Posted: 11/3/2018
      Application Due: 11/14/2018
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