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Astronomy Lecturer and Observatory Director, Department of Chemistry and Physics

Employer
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Location
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 27, 2023

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Astronomy Lecturer and Observatory Director

Department of Chemistry and Physics

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a Lecturer position in Astronomy beginning August 1, 2024. Candidates must hold an M.S. in Astronomy, Astrophysics or closely-related field. Teaching experience is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will be skillful and enthusiastic about teaching introductory Physics, Astronomy, and General Science courses and labs and upper-level Physics classes, with an emphasis in astrophysics. Duties include directing programming at the Clarence T. Jones Observatory, on the National Register of Historic Places. Expected to participate in Department Action Team initiatives to improve the student experience in our program. The Department of Chemistry and Physics at UTC comprises 17 (12 Chemistry and 5 Physics) tenure-line faculty members. The department has approximately 40 physics and biophysics majors and is noted for excellence in undergraduate education and research, with a node on the world’s first commercial quantum network (see https://www.utc.edu/chemistry-physics/ ).

Application Procedures:

Applicants must submit the application in a single PDF file electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site.

The PDF application file name must follow the format of “First name Last name Application” (eg, Jane Smith Application). The application must include:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Teaching philosophy (one page)
  • Personal statement (one page)
  • CV, including up-to-date, personal contact information (email, phone, etc.)
  • Names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references, from which UTC will request confidential letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcripts.
Review of applications will begin December 18, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest campus in the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has established a reputation for excellence built on a unique blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. Today, UTC brings a passion for excellence in all pursuits and is dedicated to making a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

At UTC, we welcome and cultivate diverse perspectives and populations—whether shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, intellectual diversity, political beliefs and other life experiences and ideologies—and embrace equity and inclusion.

UTC is a university distinguished by respect for the dignity, uniqueness, and value of every individual. We foster a campus community that is welcoming and inclusive of all. We value diversity in our workplace and learning environments, benefiting from the varied backgrounds and abilities of our campus community. The diversity of our voices and experiences is vital to our pursuit of excellence and fulfillment of our mission.

UTC is in the heart of Tennessee’s fourth-largest city, lies along the dam-controlled Tennessee River in the southern Appalachian fold-and-thrust belt, adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau and within view of the Blue Ridge. Its climate, geography, geology, and history contribute to its hydrologic complexities. It is in the southeastern part of the state near the border with Georgia and at the junction of four interstate highways. Conveniently situated within just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham, Chattanooga offers the opportunity to live and learn in an exciting and enchanting environment. Dubbed the ‘Scenic City,’ and endowed with incredible vistas and popular area attractions, the city has been recognized nationally for its downtown renaissance and a revitalized riverfront that has become the blueprint for other cities to emulate. Chattanooga achieved the first gig internet capacity in the country, and today has the nation’s fastest internet service with a 100% fiber network that links every residence and business in a 600-square mile area.

The city is home to companies such as Unum, McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United, and Amazon, and a number of tech startups attracted to its blazing fast internet and low cost-of-living. Thousands of visitors are drawn yearly to the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center—Chattanooga African American Museum, Creative Discovery Museum for Children, Riverbend Festival, and the weekly Nightfall Summer Concert Series held in the heart of downtown. Chattanooga also has a long and rich history interwoven with the Civil Rights movement and Native American heritage. The Trail of Tears National Historic Route runs through the city and is on the traditional territory of Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East).

Whether it’s Chattanooga’s ideal geographical location with comfortable temperatures year-round to suit an active lifestyle, its cultural and culinary diversity, reasonable cost of living, world-class healthcare facilities, reputable educational institutions like UTC, or countless other reasons, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to make Chattanooga their home.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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