Assistant Professor of Physics

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Job DetailsLevel ExperiencedJob Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GAPosition Type Full-Time FacultyEducation Level Master'sTravel Percentage NoneJob Category EducationDescription Oglethorpe University welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, starting Fall 2021. A Ph.D. in Physics, earned by August 2021, is desired.

Faculty at Oglethorpe prioritize teaching and mentoring, and the successful candidate must demonstrate high potential to succeed on both fronts with our diverse student body. A commitment to the craft of teaching, including the use of evidence-based innovative pedagogy and involvement in scholarly activities to promote student education is expected. The teaching load for this position is twenty-four credit hours per year, which often works out to two courses with labs, or the equivalent, per semester. The chosen candidate will teach, in rotation, algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics as well as upper-division courses and electives that support the Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering programs. In addition, the successful candidate will regularly contribute to Oglethorpe’s signature liberal arts general education program, the Core. Applicants should show evidence to a commitment of diversity and inclusion in the classroom.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain a research program that engages undergraduate students. Oglethorpe faculty are expected to contribute to their field through peer-reviewed work and to have an active and on-going scholarly agenda. Successful faculty remain current in their discipline and expand their expertise by attending seminars, conferences, and workshops. Oglethorpe faculty also mentor students as academic advisors, research advisors, and in informal settings. Candidates with expertise in a subfield of Physics that can interface with our existing programs in the natural sciences, computer science, and/or mathematics are highly desirable, as are those applicants that can work across disciplines to develop multidisciplinary courses or courses in areas of entrepreneurship as it relates to Physics.

The Physics program is housed in the recently built Cousins Center, which has been thoughtfully designed to promote student-faculty interactions in research, study, and teaching spaces. Opened in 2019, the $22M Cousins Center heralds a new era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth for Oglethorpe’s science programs with flexible laboratories, classrooms, and group meeting spaces. The Cousins Center is also home to the Hammack School of Business, a demonstration of the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative pedagogy.

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is Atlanta’s leading liberal arts and sciences university, located within the limits of this diverse and dynamic city. Our student body of approximately 1540 students represents about 30 states and over 20 countries, and over half identify as non-white. Approximately one-third of Oglethorpe students are first-generation college students. Oglethorpe is ranked in the top 15% of many polls and rankings of US colleges for diversity in metrics such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin. Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpe’s success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement confirm an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and the wider Atlanta community we serve.

Oglethorpe University is committed to having a workforce which reflects the true diversity of the students we serve, and we encourage underrepresented groups to apply. Oglethorpe employs individuals based upon the assessment of their potential to successfully contribute to the university community.


M.S. or Ph.D. in Physics or a related field required. A record of prior successful experience as a teacher and laboratory instructor is desirable.

To receive full consideration, applicants must apply online AND should also submit i) a cover letter, ii) C.V., iii) a statement of teaching philosophy, iv) diversity statement and v) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to i) Dr. Charles Baube (Chair) at [email protected] Please deliver, or arrange to have delivered, three (3) letters of reference to the same email.

The review of applications will begin immediately. Applications completed by January 8, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered on a rolling basis.




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Posted: 12/5/2020
Application Due: 3/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time