Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Employer
Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing

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Faculty Jobs
Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 739297
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs Dean 10028546
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU's Lyman Briggs College (LBC) actively promote a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

MSU invites applications for a tenure system Assistant Professor faculty position in physics. This position is open to all fields of physics, with specific consideration to theoretical, computational, or education related research areas. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in physics, physics education, or a closely related discipline, and will have demonstrated innovative teaching and a student-centered perspective on undergraduate education. They will also have demonstrated the ability to carry out forefront research while successfully maintaining teaching responsibilities. The appointment will be split between the Lyman Briggs College (75%) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (25%).

This position is one of three that LBC seeks to fill. We aim to recruit three outstanding scholars for a series of new faculty positions in the core areas of Physics, Mathematics, and Biology. This group of hires will bolster existing strengths and support the launch of exciting new programs and initiatives focused on scholarship in DEI&B: diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We believe that this research agenda is best advanced by a cohort of faculty with varied perspectives and lived experiences, in order to challenge biases and conventions in research and academia, promote innovation, and educate future generations. These scholars will show a commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through their teaching, research, and/or community engagement.

Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant undergraduate residential college of Michigan State University focusing on the study of sciences in their societal and global contexts (https://lbc.msu.edu). The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the history, philosophy, sociology, and communication of the sciences. There are approximately 2,000 students in Lyman Briggs, 66% of whom are women. 31% of all primary, secondary degree, and additional majors identify as students of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group. Additionally, 32% of LBC students are members of the MSU Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes. LBC is also a leading center for research on teaching and learning and for interdisciplinary scholarship. Most LBC faculty members in the tenure system have a joint appointment in a disciplinary department or program to support their scholarship and professional development. The college boasts a dynamic community of students, staff, and faculty who make LBC an exceptional place to learn and work.

Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top ranked departments in the country. It offers a wide range of courses in physics and astronomy. Undergraduate programs are available with different emphases and mixes with other branches of science and engineering. It also offers graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degree programs with specializations in many sub-fields, including nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, astronomy, and astrophysics.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -physics, physics education, or a related field.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics, physics education, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, service, and/or community involvement;
  • Demonstrated innovation in undergraduate-focused physics teaching;
  • Development and implementation of computational activities, modeling, or other evidence-based curricula in introductory physics corses;
  • Leadership of teaching teams, including undergraduate learning assistants and/or graduate teaching assistants;
  • Experience in the complete research cycle from idea generation to publication and/or to participating in grant writing;
  • Experience mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in research projects.
Required Application Materials

To ensure a holistic assessment of candidates, we request that applications include:

  1. a CV, including education background/qualifications, a list of publications, teaching and mentoring roles, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach;
  2. a 2-page statement describing the applicant's educational priorities (including teaching and mentoring) and plans to address them; this statement should highlight the applicants efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion;
  3. a 2-page teaching statement describing the applicant's educational priorities (including teaching and mentoring) and plans to address them; this statement should highlight the applicants efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion;
  4. a 1-2 page statement of contributions to the academic community. Universities are complex institutions that rely on faculty to assume diverse responsibilities, including fostering student learning, advancing research, disseminating knowledge, and sustaining inclusive communities. The applicant should describe how they have been involved in departmental and/or institutional activities as part of their institution's academic community. They should also describe their interests and plans for enriching the MSU community, including how they plan to advance issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  5. a cover letter that frames the application in the context of this position in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/Special Instructions

Applicants must be submitted through the MSU hiring website (http://careers.msu.edu). At this website, applicants will also submit contact information for three references. While letters will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, references should be prepared to submit letters, promptly upon request, which focus on the candidate's research impact on the field, the candidate's experience with mentoring and collaborating, and efforts to broaden representation.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Katie Hinko ([email protected]) and Dr. Pete White ([email protected]). Applicants are encouraged to peruse the MSU Lyman Briggs College website: https://lbc.msu.edu.

Review of Applications Begins On

12/03/2021

Website

http://lbc.msu.edu

Department Statement

We actively encourage applications from -- and welcome nominations of -- physicists within the LGBTQIA+ community, physicists of color, veterans, physicists with disabilities, and physicists from other minoritized groups.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Oct 15, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Oct 15, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

Organization

Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.

 

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