Assistant Professor in Physics

Job description

Illinois College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in physics to begin in Fall 2020.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. (or ABD) in experimental physics, engineering, or a related discipline and will be committed to undergraduate instruction in a liberal arts setting.  This position supports both the traditional physics major and our dual-degree 3-2 engineering program. Teaching responsibilities will include two semester general physics course sequence, electric circuits, and thermodynamics. An interest in teaching a materials science course is desirable but not essential. Scholarly engagement in the discipline is encouraged, and funding is available for travel and professional development. Opportunities and support exist for student-faculty research.  

Since 1829, Illinois College has transformed the lives of undergraduate students.  Founded by abolitionists, IC was the first college in Illinois to graduate students and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The College is focused on student success and provides many opportunities for faculty-student interaction beyond the classroom, including collaborative research projects, international study-travel, and mentoring/advising. The College is committed to ensuring access and equity.

Illinois College seeks candidates who have a commitment to working closely with a wide range of students. Currently our population is approximately one-quarter students of color and 40% first-generation college students. Eagerness and ability to work with these populations is essential.  Equally important is excellence in pedagogy and an openness to new teaching approaches.

The College is located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 30 miles west of the capital city of Springfield and 70 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri.

Applicants should submit the following materials in PDF format to [email protected]. On the subject line, please put Attn: Dr. Patricia Kiihne, Chair of the Physics Search Committee.

  • Letter of application
  • C.V.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations or similar documents)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that includes discussion of teaching to a diverse student body as well as mentoring experience
  • An example of scholarly work
  • Contact information for three references and/ or three letters of reference

Review of applications will begin on October 14 and continue until the positions are filled.

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.




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Posted: 9/11/2019
Application Due: 11/10/2019
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