Associate Professor and Chair in Physics

Job description

Classification Title:

Associate Professor and Chair in Physics


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Physics & Astronomy

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary 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.

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

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 Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 2/15/2021
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