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VAP in Computer Science, Mathematics and/or Physics

Earlham College
Richmond, IN

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Graduate Degree

Earlham College invites applications for two 3-year visiting positions that are shared between Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics, beginning in August 2022. Specifically, we are looking to hire two candidates who can contribute to at least two of the following areas: Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in game design and/or cybersecurity and are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be passionate about teaching and interacting with the community at a small liberal arts college.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage a teaching load of three courses per semester.
  • Attend weekly department meetings in the areas where you contribute.
  • Contribute to the development of a broadly welcoming, engaging community for our students and faculty.

Experience & Qualification:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or ABD in mathematics, computer science, physics, or in a closely related field.
  • Ability to contribute to at least 2 areas among: Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy.
  • Teaching experience in any of the fields.

Bonus Points For:

  • Ability to teach game design and/or cybersecurity courses.
  • Ability and interest in engaging in research with undergraduate students (paid opportunities for undergraduate research exist during the summer).
  • Interest in engagement with the broader Earlham community.

Description of Earlham:

Earlham College is a small liberal arts college located in Richmond, IN, a small city of about 35,000 people. The city has many parks and is roughly an hour's drive away from Indianapolis, IN on the west and Dayton and Cincinnati, OH on the east. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: fully 22% of our student body are international, coming from 59 nations in 2017, and 25% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Earlham recently affirmed making equity and inclusion work among our primary institutional goals.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit the following through our Earlham Careers Portal:

  1. a letter of interest
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of your teaching philosophy
  4. research statement
  5. statement on diversity: 300-500 word statement that describes your ability and commitment to contribute to the advancement of Earlhams goal of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution. (Examples of helpful topics include: your understanding of DEI principles, past experiences with DEI, and/or future plans to contribute to DEI at Earlham.)
  6. three letters of recommendation (at least two of which should specifically address teaching) (please submit these through the portal as well) *(Please have your recommenders send these to us via email at [email protected])*

Review of applications will begin in late April 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)


Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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