Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Science

MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, Kansas

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University Overview: 

MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is a private university with a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, MNU seeks to educate students to serve with purpose within the educational context of the liberal arts, and a Wesleyan-holiness theological perspective.  MNU has an enrollment of approximately 1500 students with half considered traditional residential students.  For more information about MNU, see our website:

Position Description:

The Department of Natural, Health, and Mathematical Sciences at MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU), a faith-based university in Olathe, Kansas, invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Science. The candidate should be broadly trained in physics, engineering, or physical chemistry and have a graduate degree in any related area. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and to Christian education. The successful applicant will be able to teach introductory physics (both algebra and calculus-based), in addition to elective courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can teach introduction to engineering, circuit design, or general chemistry. 

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate coursework in physics, including laboratories
  • Teaching general education science courses
  • Serve as an academic advisor for pre-engineering students and related disciplines
  • Recruitment of students interested in engineering and related careers
  • Serve as liaison for an established dual-degree engineering partnership and initiating potential new engineering partnerships
  • Serve on departmental and university committees
  • Facilitate community engagement projects related to engineering
  • Other duties as assigned by the department chairperson and school dean



Educational Qualifications/Skills Required:

A successful applicant will share the university’s mission of Christ-centered transformation, a commitment to excellence and innovation, and possess the following:

  • Doctorate in physics, physical chemistry, or Master’s degree in engineering with teaching experience
  • Excellence in teaching and student supervision
  • Promotes student engagement through undergraduate projects both in and outside of the classroom
  • Ability to mentor undergraduate students
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with members of a team to achieve stated goals.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work is performed in a normal office, lab, and classroom setting. Travel between buildings on campus is possible; occasional weekend work during the start and end of the school years, and limited travel to other conferences or collaboration meetings may be possible. 

Application: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, attach the following documentation to the application:  

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Names and contact information of at least three professional references
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Christian faith, including personal faith history and vision for integrating faith and learning (approximately 2 pages)
  • Teaching Philosophy

Questions regarding the application may be addressed to Lynne Wilson, HR Specialist, [email protected].  Questions may be addressed to Dr. Abby Hodges, Chair of the Department of Natural, Health, and Mathematical Sciences at [email protected].

MidAmerica is very much interested in reviewing applications from qualified members of traditionally underrepresented groups in America, including women and racial and ethnic minorities


MidAmerica Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or disability in the recruitment and admission of students and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.   Any concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of gender or disability should be addressed to the Associate Academic Vice President, university coordinator of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, in the Academic Offices in Lunn Hall, (913) 971-3573.

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