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Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Georgia Southern University
Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor #12096
College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and Mathematics seeks three visiting instructor or visiting assistant professor of physics for the 2021-2022 academic year. The positions are located primarily on either the Armstrong or Statesboro campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Department of Physics offers a variety of studies in the fields of Physics and Astronomy leading to a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Physics, or a Master of Science in Applied Physical Sciences degree. Our majors graduate well prepared for a career in physics whether it be in industry, a professional degree such as medicine or dentistry, teaching physics in the high school, or to pursue an advanced degree.

Position Description. Reporting to the Physics Department Chair, the Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Physics will be responsible for a workload of 15 hours per semester in teaching core physics courses for majors and non-majors, and other duties as specified by the Physics Department Chair. All visiting positions are non-tenure track, academic (9/10 month) year appointments. Appointments are for one year only, although there is the possibility of reappointment should based upon funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Required Qualifications:
  • Earned master's degree with 18 graduate semester hours in Physics or a related field (for visiting instructor) or doctorate (for visiting assistant professor) in Physics or a closely related field by August 1, 2021.
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate physics courses and laboratories.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Effective communication skills in spoken and written English.
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    Screening of applications will begin June 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The position starting date is August 1, 2020. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Susan Hamilton, Search #12096
    Department of Physics & Astronomy
    Georgia Southern University
    Electronic mail:
    Telephone: 912-478-5292

    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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