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Assistant Professor of Physics | Tenure Track | I00879

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants must electronically submit a teaching philosophy and plan for undergraduate research appropriate to Slippery Rock University. These documents should be submitted as part of the online application. The teaching philosophy should be submitted using the “Teaching Philosophy” tab and the plan for undergraduate research should be submitted using the “Optional Document” tab. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts are also required for this position. Applicants may either upload copies using the "Transcripts’ selection under documents or mail them to: Dr. Manuel Valera, Search Chair Department of Physics & Engineering Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock, PA 16057 Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three recent references familiar with candidates teaching, scholarly work, and/or professional experience are collected as part of the online application. Letters of recommendation will be required from these three individuals, if the candidate is chosen for the second phase of the selection process. The recommended candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check, including Act 34 Background Check and Act 151 (Child Abuse) Background Check and Federal Criminal (FBI) clearance prior to appointment. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2018.

Posting Details

Position Details

Posting Number I00879
Classification Title
Working Title Assistant Professor of Physics | Tenure Track | I00879
Employee Group Faculty
Bargaining Unit APSCUF
Location Main Campus
Department Physics and Engineering
Pay Rate
Employment Type Regular FT
Work Schedule

Position Summary Information

Position Summary

The department of Physics and Engineering at Slippery Rock University (SRU) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in physics to begin in Fall 2018, with preference given to applicants with a background in experimental physics.

The department faculty are committed to delivering student-centered evidence-based pedagogy. Candidates are expected to have familiarity or experience implementing active-learning techniques in the classroom and be able to establish a high-quality research program in experimental physics that can involve undergraduates.

Responsibilities: Teach a combination of undergraduate physics courses ranging from an inquiry-based conceptual physics course to upper division major courses; Establish a productive and sustainable research program that involves undergraduates; Actively participate in student advising and departmental/university service.

The physics & engineering department at SRU offers B.S. and B.A. programs in Physics with several concentrations as well as two new B.S. degree programs in engineering. The quality and the number of majors in the department have steadily grown over the past 10 years. We currently graduate 10-15 students per year. This growth is due to the implementation of a long-term, on-going strategic plan that we initiated several years ago; expanding and revitalizing the physics program and the development of new engineering programs.

As a public comprehensive university and one of fourteen institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, SRU is a vibrant, student-centered community of learners and scholars. The university places a high value on the quality of the teaching and learning experience with over 150 undergraduate programs and tracks, 25 master’s degree programs, and a doctoral program in physical therapy. The University is selective in admissions and enrolls approximately 8000 undergraduate and 1200 graduate students.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Physics required prior to the start of Fall 2018. A successful performance in an on-campus interview, including a teaching demonstration and a research presentation is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Teaching: Candidates with (i) teaching experience as the instructor of record in introductory physics lecture courses; and (ii) experience implementing Physics Education Research (PER) pedagogies in the classroom; will be given preference.

Research Specialization: Experimental Physicists with expertise in condensed matter physics, soft matter physics, optics or closely related areas will be given preference.

Posting Detail Information

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Respect for Individuals in the Community

Slippery Rock University provides an environment that respects, encourages, and promotes the talents and contributions of all. Slippery Rock University values a community with a shared sense of purpose, where people demonstrate mutual respect and appreciation. Slippery Rock University values diversity that honors and includes all persons regardless of age, creed, disability, ethnic heritage, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in academic and extracurricular endeavor, in the working environment, and in the daily life of the university community.

Affirmative Action Statement

Slippery Rock University is committed to a policy of affirmative action. Slippery Rock University assures an equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, gender or veteran’s status in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must electronically submit a teaching philosophy and plan for undergraduate research appropriate to Slippery Rock University. These documents should be submitted as part of the online application. The teaching philosophy should be submitted using the “Teaching Philosophy” tab and the plan for undergraduate research should be submitted using the “Optional Document” tab.

Graduate and undergraduate transcripts are also required for this position. Applicants may either upload copies using the "Transcripts’ selection under documents or mail them to:

Dr. Manuel Valera, Search Chair
Department of Physics & Engineering
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three recent references familiar with candidates teaching, scholarly work, and/or professional experience are collected as part of the online application. Letters of recommendation will be required from these three individuals, if the candidate is chosen for the second phase of the selection process.

The recommended candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check, including Act 34 Background Check and Act 151 (Child Abuse) Background Check and Federal Criminal (FBI) clearance prior to appointment. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2018.

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Other Document
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcripts
  2. Unofficial Transcripts 2