Instructor (Physics, Lab Coordinator)
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Position Number F02810 Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Instructor Working Title Instructor (Physics, Lab Coordinator) School/Unit College of Humanities and Sciences Department Physics Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit
The mission of the Physics Department is the advancement of science through research and the training of undergraduate and graduate students in our discipline. The Department fosters a level of research and professional activity essential to the graduate program (M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology) and to the professional growth of the faculty. The Department provides majors and graduate students with courses and research experiences that prepare them for their professional careers. It also provides service courses to other majors who require a physics foundation, as well as general education courses to all VCU students who wish to become more scientifically knowledgeable. The Department is committed to enhance diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. Finally, Department faculty have a responsibility to provide service to their profession and to the university community.
Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
This position is a term (non-tenure-eligible) faculty position to support the department’s undergraduate teaching mission.
Faculty member will manage the teaching laboratories for six introductory physics courses: PHYS101 (Foundations of Physics); PHYSZ103 (Astronomy); PHYS201 (General Physics I); PHYS202 (General Physics II); PHYS207 (University Physics I); and PHYS208 (University Physics II).
Faculty member will be responsible for setting up weekly experiments in these six courses and ensuring that all components of the experiments are properly stored when not in use.
Faculty member will be responsible for supervising the teaching assistants who monitor the labs.
Faculty member will be assigned to teach a few (2-3) sections of these labs to gain direct experience.
Faculty member will, in consultation with course instructors, monitor the educational effectiveness of experiments, develop new and modified experiments and revise our laboratory manuals as needed.
Faculty member will not have specific research responsibilities. However, faculty member will be encouraged to participate in the research culture of the department and, upon agreement of the department chair, may reserve a portion, not to exceed 15%, of his or her time for that participation.
Faculty member will serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary. Faculty will serve as building manager for the area where the physics laboratories reside, reporting facilities problems and coordinating responses to emergencies such as fire alarms.
•Master of Science in physics or a closely related discipline.
•Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU .
•Ph.D. in physics or a closely related discipline.
•Teaching experience at the undergraduate level in physics or a related discipline.
•Experience teaching or managing undergraduate teaching laboratories.
Date Posted 11/05/2020 Open Until Filled No Application Deadline Date 12/10/2020 Proposed Hire Date 01/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information
Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking 12-month, non-tenure track, term instructor to begin on January 1, 2020. Duties include: (i) teach lecture and manage labs for introductory physics courses, (Foundations of Physics, Astronomy, General Physics I, General Physics II, University Physics I and University Physics II) (ii) set up weekly experiments and ensure all components of the experiments are properly stored when not in use supervise teaching assistants, (iii) supervise the teaching assistants, and (iv) monitor the educational effectiveness of experiments, develop new and modified experiments and revise laboratory manuals as needed. The faculty member is encouraged to participate in the research culture of the department and engage in approved research up to 15% of time. Will serve (i) on departmental, College, and/or University committees, as necessary, (ii) as building manager for the area where the physics laboratories reside, reporting facilities problems and coordinating responses to emergencies such as fire alarms. Requires Master’s Degree in Physics or related, and demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so.
As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.
Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.
Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.
In addition, a CV, statement of teaching philosophy with teaching experience addressed, and contact information for three letters of reference. Applicants must use our eJobs portal (www.vcujobs.com) to submit a complete application package. Full consideration will be given to applications received by 12/10/2020. VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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