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Physics Professor, Full-Time Tenure Track

South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, Washington State
$72,300.00 - $79,863.00 Annually
Date posted
Jan 8, 2024

*For priority consideration, please submit applications by February 7, 2024.*

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks candidates for the 2024-2025 academic year to fill the position of Physics Professor, Full-Time Tenure Track.  Successful candidates will possess the interest, skills and abilities to help college teams lead the state in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success. The effective date of employment will be September 11, 2024. 

This is a full time-tenure track position with a total starting salary of $72,300.  This salary includes a base salary of $67,300 for 177 contract days plus a stipend of $5,000 paid over the course of the academic year.  If granted tenure, the base salary will increase to $71,863.  On July 1, 2024, Faculty will receive a COLA of 5.87%.  Faculty are also eligible for a Retention and Progression Salary Enhancement of $1,000 added in the 5th, 10th, and 15th year after tenure.  Additionally, eligible faculty can apply for up to $3,000 annually for professional development funding.  For more information regarding the Faculty Pay Scale, please see Appendix A of the Faculty CBA - South Puget Sound Federation of Teachers (Download PDF reader).

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. A firm understanding of anti racist policy development coupled with the skills to eliminate barriers that harm underrepresented people is a college requirement. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color.  We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.  

And if that isn't enough?  We also offer:

  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs
  • Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
  • The Clipper Coffee Corner serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee and a selection of delicious food items from our baking/culinary students
  • A brand new Health & Wellness Center
  • FREE Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
  • FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
  • On-campus child care
  • Percival Creek which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
  • Many walking paths that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
  • SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
  • Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
  • Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)that offer an opportunity for SPSCC employees to gather and connect around issues that define them personally, and which affect their work at the College and their professional development. Current Employee Resource Groups include:
    1. Staff and Faculty of Color (SFOC) ERG - an employee network which strives to create an intentional and relational foundation for community and trust building across different groups through shared values.
    2. The LGBTQIA+ ERG creates a space for LGBTQIA+ staff and faculty at the college to share resources, build support and community, and work towards greater equity and accessibility. 

What You'll Do

The Physics Professor will:

  • Place student success at the center of all decision-making.
  • Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners.
  • Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence.
  • Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation.
  • Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of others.
  • Contribute to the technical and general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university.

Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:

  • Teach courses for STEM and non-STEM majors ranging from Introductory Physics to Engineering Physics, to include the development and execution of lab exercises.
  • Create and facilitate contextualized and integrated learning experiences in Physics in relation to identified college pathways that are linked to career goals.
  • Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in Physics that measure course, program, and college-wide outcomes.
  • Provide online, hybrid, and/or e-Learning enhanced courses.
  • Use local, state, and national data and analytics to continuously improve strategies for student success and closing equity gaps.
  • Advise students regarding academic pathways and the courses needed to reach each student’s academic goals.
  • Use a wide range of learning resources, tools, and technologies to improve access and student success in higher education.
  • Serve on committees that support the shared governance of the college.


Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or related degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to teach physics.
  • Demonstrated experience designing curriculum for diverse learners.
  • Demonstrated experience of effectively teaching and/or working with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socioeconomic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.


To Apply


Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting. 
  • Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from institutions of higher education.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.
Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.
Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the South Puget Sound Federation of Teachers, AFT/AFL-CIO, Local 4603.

South Puget Sound Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
South Puget Sound Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). SPSCC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer /Title IX Coordinator, 360-596-5361,, Building 25, Room 220, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512; South Puget Sound Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500.       

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