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Visiting Assistant Professor - Physics

The College of New Jersey
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Teacher-Scholar Faculty Fellow in Physics

The College of New Jersey

The Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a non-tenure track "Teacher-Scholar Faculty Fellow" at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, starting August 2021. The candidate must have a PhD in Physics. The successful candidate should be interested in pursuing an academic career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) where teaching and research are both valued and integrated. The position is offered for two consecutive years (pending successful performance during year 1) and is funded in part by a grant to TCNJ from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) through the Science Education Program.

TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our community and to supporting a healthy work-life balance for our faculty of teacher-scholars. TCNJ has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on its honor roll of "Great Colleges to Work For."

The selected Teacher-Scholar Fellow will work closely with experienced faculty mentors gaining professional development in inclusive pedagogy, course design, student mentoring, and grant proposal writing. The Fellow will have an opportunity to engage highly motivated undergraduates in research, gain teaching experience, and receive mentoring toward attainment of a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. The Fellow will have an office and access to shared research space and equipment in a modern and newly renovated building that offers excellent facilities, including a new high-performance computing cluster. The position includes funding for research supplies, participation in TCNJ's summer research experience for undergraduates program during Summer 2022, and professional travel to disciplinary/professional development conferences

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory physics courses (21 semester hours per year, which is equivalent to 3 courses per semester) and observation of our high school physics student teachers. There may also be an opportunity for the development of course modules in the applicant's area of expertise. The Fellow will be paired with current tenure-track faculty members who will serve as the Fellow's research and teaching mentors. We have special interest in candidates who work in one of the following areas of physics: (a) high-energy/particle; (b) nuclear; (c) atomic, molecular, and optical; or (d) condensed matter. Please visit the Department's website for information on our faculty members and their research interests:

To Apply:

  1. Submit the following items:
  • Cover Letter (Please discuss briefly how your research interests align with or diversify those of the department.)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (3 pages maximum)
  • Description of future research goals and plans, including the role of undergraduates (3 pages maximum)
  • Statement of commitment to equity, inclusivity, and diversity (3 pages maximum)
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who will be asked to submit confidential recommendation letters, at least one commenting on teaching effectiveness.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, but applications should be received by May 3, 2021 to receive full consideration. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The Physics Department strongly encourages applications from diverse, intersectional populations and cultures including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status. We also encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of professional and personal paths. Each candidate is invited to discuss their unique pathway in their application materials.

About the Physics Department

The Physics Department is housed in a recently renovated STEM complex that offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation, including new research-grade SEM and AFM facilities, a new high-performance scientific computing cluster, a new 0.7 m telescope, and a 48-seat planetarium. The Physics Department currently has ten full-time, tenure-line faculty members and approximately 100 majors. TCNJ's Department of Physics is consistently ranked by the American Institute of Physics and the Physics Teacher Education Coalition as a national leader in the graduation of both physics majors and of high school physics teachers. In 2019, the Physics Department hosted the American Physical Society's Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) for the Mid-Atlantic states (). Collaborative research with talented undergraduates frequently results in peer-reviewed, published scientific works. The Physics Department is part of the School of Science, along with the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Statistics. The School actively supports disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, and grant writing. For more information about the department, visit: .

About TCNJ

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective, public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our 7,000 full-time undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research.

TCNJ was awarded the inaugural "Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment" from the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2016. In part because of TCNJ's intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula and institutional culture, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter-an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools-Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit .


The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ has become an exemplar of the best in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currently is ranked as one of the 75 “Most Competitive” schools in the nation by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in public higher education by the Princeton Review in 2009 and, in 2006, was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally.

Academic Programs

A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts & Communication; Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, & Exercise Science; and Engineering. The College is enriched by an honors program and extensive opportunities to study abroad, and its award-winning First-Year Experience and freshman orientation programs have helped make its retention and graduation rates among the highest in the country.


Known for its natural beauty, the College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township (map). The College has 39 major buildings, including a state-of-the-art library; 14 residence halls that accommodate 3,600 students; an award-winning student center; more than 20 academic computer laboratories; a full range of laboratories for nursing, microscopy, science, and technology; a music building with a 300-seat concert hall; and a collegiate recreation and athletic facilities complex. TCNJ has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 6,400 students (95 percent from New Jersey).

Student Life

The College of New Jersey encourages students to expand their talents and skills through more than 150 organizations that are open to students. These groups range from performing ensembles and professional and honor societies to student publications, Greek organizations, as well as intramural and club sports. The College also offers numerous leadership opportunities through the Student Finance Board, Student Government Association, and Residence Hall Government to name a few.


High achievement and scholarship in the classroom have been mirrored by the success of The College of New Jersey’s varsity student-athletes. Since the 1978–79 Lion wrestling team captured the College’s first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) team championship, TCNJ has established itself as one of the nation’s most successful Division III (non-athletic scholarship) programs. Since 1979, The College of New Jersey has amassed a total of 39 Division III crowns in seven different sports. In addition, the Lions have posted 32 runner-up awards, giving the College an aggregate of 71 first- and second-place finishes. That figure is tops among the nation’s 400-plus Division III colleges and universities during the past 30 years. The Lions have also produced 58 Division III CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans.

As impressive as the overall athletic record is, TCNJ’s accomplishment as a leader in women’s sports is even greater. Since NCAA Championships were initiated for women in 1981, only TCNJ has won 32 Division III team championships. The total does not include the Lions’ lacrosse championship in 1981 or the softball championships in 1980 and 1981, which were sponsored by the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) prior to women’s sports inclusion in the NCAA. In the fall of 1999, TCNJ’s women’s athletic program was voted as the top Division III institution for female student-athletes by Sports Illustrated for Women.

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