Associate Professor and Chair in Physics

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Classification TitleAssociate Professor and Chair in PhysicsDivisionCollege of Liberal Arts and SciencesDepartmentPhysics & AstronomyFLSA StatusExempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)Work ScheduleIf Other (provide months)Full Time vs Part TimeFull TimeAppointmentRegularIf Term, specify number of yearsPrimary Function

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University Of The South is seeking to fill one faculty position as Associate Professor and Chair.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

A successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of a sustainable model of lower-division physics courses for the life-sciences, physical sciences and 3-2 pre-engineering majors.

The candidate will be expected to teach physics courses at all levels of instruction (including GE and service courses), establish a funded research program in his/her field of expertise, actively involve undergraduate students in research and to support and further develop the department’s public outreach and community engagement activities.

While teaching and research experience that complements the needs of the department are open, areas of special consideration will include, but are not limited to, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biophysics, Photonics, and Atomic & Molecular Physics.


An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physics or a closely-related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.


The candidate will have the minimum qualifications:

-Evidence of an established record of teaching effectiveness (e.g., curriculum development, course redesign and/or coordination) at the undergraduate level.
-Evidence of an established record of scholarly engagement (e.g., publications, grants, presentations, disciplinary engagement) in experimental physics.
-Tenure as an Associate Professor at an accredited degree-granting institution.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students in a diverse environment. To this end, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:
-Experience in developing innovative instructional labs, particularly for introductory-level courses in conjunction with an expanding pre-health program, lower-division courses, and upper physics courses.
-Experience in attracting external funding, especially for developing and equipping instructional and research labs.
-Evidence of successful teaching experience in physics courses.
-Evidence of mentoring and supporting students’ research or educational activities.

Special Instructions

Please send a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), and three letters of recommendation* through the online application portal.

*Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically directly from the referees or via dossier services to Kristen Kleinfeld, Assistant for Finance & Administration, at [email protected]

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office, classroom, lecture hall, auditorium, chapel, and other University facilities.

Physical RequirementsAny additional requirements specific to this positionUniversity Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment PrescreeningEligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreeningNon-Discrimination Statement

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Transcripts
    3. CV
    Optional Documents
    1. Letter of Recommendation 1
    2. Letter of Recommendation 2
    3. Letter of Recommendation 3
    4. Miscellaneous 1
    5. Miscellaneous 2




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    Posted: 7/26/2020
    Application Due: 1/23/2021
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