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Lecturer of Physics & Astronomy

Employer
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location
Asheville, NC

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:

F0134

Department:

Lecturer of Physics & Astronomy

Rank:

Lecturer

Tenure Status:

Non Tenure Track

Position Summary:

The University of North Carolina Asheville Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a Lecturer in either Physics or Astronomy to begin Fall 2022. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system’s designated public liberal arts institution, seeks applicants for a Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy to begin in the fall semester of 2022. Applicants with specializations in any subfields of physics or astronomy are encouraged to apply in the hope of expanding on or complementing the disciplinary specializations of other ongoing hires and the current faculty—which includes observational extragalactic astronomy, solid-state physics, and physics education research. A PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field is required.

The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to teach 12 contact hours per semester. The teaching duties typically consist of lectures and laboratories in our introductory and general education sequences. Other highly desirable capabilities include establishing a research program that involves undergraduates; engaging in service to the institution, the community, and the profession; supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field or community; and/or developing upper-level courses within their area of expertise. Opportunities also exist for developing courses outside of the department that contribute to the liberal arts core curriculum. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNC Asheville is a leading public liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to teaching. It is the designated liberal arts university of the UNC system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The faculty at UNC Asheville teach across our required interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum, in courses that include first-year seminars; diversity intensive courses; courses that engage scientific perspectives, the intersection of arts and ideas, and a central component of the curriculum—our Humanities Program.
Furthermore, UNC Asheville has been and continues to be a national leader in undergraduate research. Over 60% of our students graduate each year having been engaged in this important learning experience and the University embraces the mentoring of undergraduate research as one of the highest forms of teaching. This commitment makes it essential for all faculty to be engaged in the current trends of their disciplines and this is demonstrated in the outstanding research and scholarship produced by the faculty.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach 3-4 courses (12 contact hours) per semester, engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession, and ideally work with our students in some area of the discipline specific to their expertise. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNC Asheville is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be excited to engage a diverse community of learners, including first-generation college students and students from under-represented groups and/or under-resourced high schools, through varied, innovative, and student-focused pedagogies.
Applicants should submit the following electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu:

  • Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and why you are a fit for our institution, your teaching philosophy, and a description of your scholarly interests and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
  • References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.

Review of applications will begin on March 1st and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to search committee chair James Perkins ([email protected]).
UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

Qualifications:

A terminal degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field is required. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that he or she has the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; and function professionally in a highly collaborative and increasingly diverse organization.

Months per Year:

9 months

Division:

Academic Affairs

Department:

Physics

Special Instructions Summary:

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications will begin March 1st, 2022.

Inquiries only may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. James Perkins, ([email protected]). Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.

Posting date:

02/04/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Anticipated Start Date:

08/01/2022

Organization

The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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