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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer - Physics & Astronomy, Fall 2024 - 100% FT

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 3, 2024

Job Details


Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track lecturer position starting August 1, 2024, at the level of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. The position’s primary responsibility will be teaching general education introductory physics and astronomy courses, laboratories, and some higher-level courses based on department need. This non-tenure-track position is renewable, contingent upon evidence of excellent teaching, demand for instruction, and availability of funds, and comes with full benefits. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Applicants who wish to be appointed to the level of Lecturer must hold a Master's or Ph.D. (with preference of the latter) degree in Physics or a related field awarded no later than August 1, 2024. For those wishing to be considered at the level of Senior Lecturer, a Master's or Ph.D. (with preference of the latter) in Physics or closely related field is required combined with at least 7 years of experience teaching physics at the undergraduate level.

For both Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, the successful candidate will have experience teaching introductory physics courses at the undergraduate level. The candidate should be able to develop engaging detailed lectures with homework assignments, help with the development of laboratories, and provide timely feedback to students. The candidate should also be able to work collaboratively with other faculty members in the department and with the graduate laboratory instructors. The ideal candidate will have experience with online teaching platforms such as Blackboard or Canvas. The candidate should also have excellent communication skills and be able to engage students in vibrant discussions.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers competitive salaries and has a career ladder for non-tenure-track lecturers with opportunities for professional development including the possibility of department support to attend disciplinary conferences. After five years of full-time service, lecturers are eligible for promotion to Senior Lecturer; Senior Lecturers may be offered multi-year appointments.

Application Instructions

About the University of Tennessee

The University’s campus is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, diverse cultural opportunities, and a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. Downtown Knoxville, adjacent to campus, is a thriving neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, annual international festivals, such as the Big Ears Music Festival, and seasonal and weekly events such as Jazz on the Square, Shakespeare on the Square, and the Farmers Market.

The Department has an exemplary research record, with seven professors earning NSF CAREER awards in the past eight years, eight professors among the world’s top two percent of physicists based on citation count, the award of the prestigious American Physical Society 2021 Bonner Prize, eleven APS Fellows, and three AAAS Fellows. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution with a number of nationally and internationally ranked programs and with national and international leadership in numerous fields.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and a teaching statement, including evidence of effective teaching (if available), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted separately. All application materials should be uploaded via Only electronic applications will be considered. Acceptable file formats are .pdf or .doc.

This appointment is expected to begin August 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Email inquiries and questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Marianne Breinig (

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Accessibility, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 EJ. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or .


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