Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

(posted 4/22/22)

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics. This is a full-time, two-year appointment beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page ( to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position & Qualifications

The Physics Department currently offers only a minor degree and serves students primarily in chemistry, biology, and environmental science. The department offers introductory physics sequences and a combination of general education, physics-related environmental science, and some upper-level physics courses. The position carries a teaching load of six courses per academic year, and this course load can be spread out across a fall semester, January term, and spring semester. Each laboratory section of a course will count as half a course. The successful candidate will teach the lecture and laboratory sections for the two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. This person will also offer a general education astronomy course for non-majors each semester (specific expertise in astronomy is not required). An additional course will be determined depending upon university needs.

Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment, but advanced ABDs will be considered. Candidates must have a record of teaching success at the undergraduate level and a clear understanding of and strong commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution.

About Hollins

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 34% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 25% first-generation college students, and 10% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin May 9, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses how your writing, research, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance the institution’s efforts to support these values and an increasingly diverse student population.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • Evidence of effective teaching;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and
  • Unofficial copies of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials via this web page ( the selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search chair, Dr. Brian Gentry ([email protected]).

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Hollins, please visit our website (


Working at Hollins University

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

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