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Visiting Assistant Professor (or Visiting Instructor) of Physics and Biophysics

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

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Visiting Assistant Professor (or Visiting Instructor) of Physics and Biophysics

Location: Walla Walla, WA
Open Date: Dec 18, 2023

The Physics Department at Whitman College is seeking candidates for a one-year position teaching physics and biophysics at the rank of visiting assistant professor (or visiting instructor), beginning August 2024. A Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field is preferred upon starting the position. Renewal of the position for a subsequent year is possible, pending positive evaluation of teaching.

The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of five physics course sections over two semesters. Two of these sections will be a biophysics lecture and laboratory designed for physics and Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology (BBMB) majors who have completed the introductory physics sequence. The balance of the teaching load will be determined through consultation and will likely include both introductory and upper level physics courses. Depending on resource needs and interest, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to pursue research projects involving undergraduate students during the academic year or during the summer.

Whitman College is committed to fostering an inclusive learning community that values diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives. In the cover letter, candidates should describe their interest in teaching undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In doing so, candidates should address how their lived experiences and classroom and scholarly practices will advance equity and inclusion in the learning environment.

To apply, go to The online application will prompt you to upload all of the required materials: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. The committee will solicit three letters of recommendation from applicants who reach the interview stage.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2024.

Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000.

Located in the vibrant community of Walla Walla, WA, Whitman College is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving roughly 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top undergraduate, liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College offers a competitive benefits package that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances; basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability insurances with the capability to elect additional voluntary coverage; 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% matching contribution after eligibility requirements are met; employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester; and an Employee Assistance Program. New faculty receive reimbursement for moving expenses based on the distance of relocation and are compensated $1,500 for attending a required New Faculty Orientation.

For more information and to apply, visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment.

Whitman College is an EEO employer. The college shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


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