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10 Month Tenure-Track Faculty - Physics

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata, MD

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Located 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is twice recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of America’s to 150 community colleges. CSM is among America’s top 100 producers of Minority Associate Degrees in over twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

CSM offers excellent health insurance benefits (90% paid by the college); State Retirement Pension plan; wellness programs; Code Green Fridays; early closure Fridays in the summer; college closure for spring break and several major holidays. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and regional community needs.

CSM’s faculty are highly- skilled and creative; they incorporate the latest teaching approaches and technology into their instructional delivery. Our faculty work closely with students inside and outside of the classroom and serve as advisors to student clubs and more. Our faculty teach face-to-face, online, hybrid, and hy-flex classes always focusing on student engagement and critical thinking.

Recruiting for 2 Physics Faculty positions: 1 for the La Plata Campus and 1 for the Leonardtown Campus.

Faculty in the Physics discipline are highly engaged in promoting science education and careers, and are actively involved in supporting the community environment. Physics faculty have been an integral part of the success of CSM’s Early College Program and have contributed to the program community of practice. CSM’s Physics faculty have participated in many local and national conferences focused on science education and physics curriculum. Science faculty also work extensively with community partners to support science and research focused internship opportunities. Faculty focus on student engagement and success through critical thinking, analytical and hands-on approaches. Faculty serve on discipline work-groups in order to have consistent, effective, and current teaching; therefore, the faculty member must be able to work well with others and implement decisions made by the group. Faculty work in the lab and must be aware of proper safety procedures and PPE. Faculty must be able to collaborate with the laboratory staff (technicians and coordinators) to ensure that adequate supplies are available and handled appropriately.

Faculty are expected to be knowledgeable of learning management systems in addition to face-to-face and innovative technology-based instructional delivery approaches. As such, we are seeking an innovative educator to join our science faculty. This faculty position focuses on teaching of lecture and/or labs for Physics and General Science. The College of Southern Maryland is an ardent supporter of professional development and offers a robust professional development program for and investment in its faculty.

Additional Information:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and must be ready to start teaching class in August 2024. Review of applicants will begin February 9, 2024.

Since this position requires in-person teaching and other in-person faculty duties, the candidate will be required to live within commuting distance of the Southern Maryland area.

Your cover letter, resume, and transcripts are required as part of the application process. Please attach those documents to your application.

When applying for this position, please be prepared to answer the following statements during the application submission process:

  • Please describe your activities that demonstrate a commitment to student success for a diverse population.
  • Please submit a statement of your teaching philosophy.
    Placement in rank is commensurate with background and experience. Professional development and professional service requirements are determined by rank and documented annually on the faculty development plan. For more information on placement in rank please visit the Pay and Benefits Questions page at:

    College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check and Sex Offender Registry Check.

    The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Specific Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe successful faculty member will teach 15 credit hours per semester and 30 credit hours per academic year of day, evening or weekend classes. Flexibility is required to work in this position as teaching assignments may vary from semester to semester. Faculty may be assigned to teach on any campus or center where CSM offers classes. Faculty may also be assigned to teach science courses for the CSM Early College program. Students taking Early College classes are dually enrolled in their local high school while also completing courses at CSM towards a certificate or degree. The faculty member hired in this position is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities to promote student-centered learning and success. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, holding office hours, serving on various committees, contributing to student learning outcomes assessment processes, and demonstrating a commitment to professional development through participating in local, state, regional, and national professional activities and organizations.


  • Teach 30 credits of courses per contract year in the Physics discipline with an emphasis on Physics and General Science.
  • Teach a range of courses that may include morning, day, evening, weekend or online, in an accelerated format.
  • Design assignments that incorporate students’ program of study and connect to the Physics discipline
  • Engage students in their learning through active and collaborative learning approaches
  • Meet with students outside of class to assist them with being successful college students
  • Incorporate culturally relevant pedagogies into the teaching and learning process
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret information
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver instruction to diverse student populations, with varied levels of learning and preparation
  • Knowledge and use of student engagement strategies that support completion and student success goals
  • Demonstrated experience providing feedback students can use to improve their performance
  • Experience developing or using Open Education Resource (OER) materials as an instructional tool
  • Maintain an ongoing program of professional development and participate in professional organizations, workshops, seminars, conferences and activities
  • Mastery of appropriate computer operation skills
  • Operate a motor vehicle for travel to other campuses Minimum Education and Training
  • Master’s degree in Physics or closely related field, with 18 graduate credit hours in Physics, Required
  • Earned Doctorate in Physics or related field, Preferred
  • One year of instructional experience at the post-secondary level, that includes teaching courses, conducting and managing learning experiences, evaluating student achievement, providing input into curriculum development, policy and procedure formulation, and evaluation of program effectiveness at the community college level, preferred.
  • Two years of professional experience in Physics or a closely related field, required.
  • Ability to use word processing, basic internet applications, and basic database navigation
  • Ability to use an educational enterprise, learning management system such as Desire2Learn to support and facilitate instructional delivery
  • Ability to teach in face-to-face, virtual, web and web-hybrid formats.
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    Working at College of Southern Maryland

    The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission — to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.

    CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.

    The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.

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