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Lecturer: Physics, One Course

Smith College
Smith College

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PhysicsJob Description

The Smith College Department of Physics is looking to hire a course instructor from the local area this coming Spring 2023 semester to teach our undergraduate course PHY 318 Electrodynamics (at the level of Griffith's Electrodynamics).


Prepare course material including course syllabus, reading assignments, homework assignments, and exams: conduct classes that include opportunities for active learning: hold office hours, respond to student email; and grade student assignments. Examples of active learning opportunities include inclusion of in-class small group problem solving sessions and/or asynchronous directed reading and discussion of the course textbook outside of class. Members of our department are available to serve as mentors for new instructors looking to strengthen their teaching skills prior to seeking a full time job in physics education; course notes and assignments from previous instructors are also available.


Candidates should either have a Ph.D. or be in a PhD. degree seeking program in Physics or a closely related field (such as Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics). Preference will be given to candidates with some prior teaching experience as well as knowledge of and interest in active learning methods. Good verbal and written communication skills are a must. Smith requires up to date vaccinations — including COVID-19 — for all instructors.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

Compensation Grade:

Grade X Exempt

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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