Lecturer of Physics & Astronomy

Employer
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location
North Carolina, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 5, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Humanities, Classics, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Physics & Space Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The University of North Carolina Asheville Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a Lecturer in either Physics or Astronomy to begin Fall 2022.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system's designated public liberal arts institution, seeks applicants for a Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy to begin in the fall semester of 2022. Applicants with specializations in any subfields of physics or astronomy are encouraged to apply in the hope of expanding on or complementing the disciplinary specializations of other ongoing hires and the current faculty--which includes observational extragalactic astronomy, solid-state physics, and physics education research. A PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field is required.

The candidate's primary responsibility will be to teach 12 contact hours per semester. The teaching duties typically consist of lectures and laboratories in our introductory and general education sequences. Other highly desirable capabilities include establishing a research program that involves undergraduates; engaging in service to the institution, the community, and the profession; supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field or community; and/or developing upper-level courses within their area of expertise. Opportunities also exist for developing courses outside of the department that contribute to the liberal arts core curriculum. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply. 
UNC Asheville is a leading public liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to teaching. It is the designated liberal arts university of the UNC system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The faculty at UNC Asheville teach across our required interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum, in courses that include first-year seminars; diversity intensive courses; courses that engage scientific perspectives, the intersection of arts and ideas, and a central component of the curriculum--our Humanities Program.
Furthermore, UNC Asheville has been and continues to be a national leader in undergraduate research. Over 60% of our students graduate each year having been engaged in this important learning experience and the University embraces the mentoring of undergraduate research as one of the highest forms of teaching. This commitment makes it essential for all faculty to be engaged in the current trends of their disciplines and this is demonstrated in the outstanding research and scholarship produced by the faculty. 
The successful candidate will be expected to teach 3-4 courses (12 contact hours) per semester, engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession, and ideally work with our students in some area of the discipline specific to their expertise. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNC Asheville is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be excited to engage a diverse community of learners, including first-generation college students and students from under-represented groups and/or under-resourced high schools, through varied, innovative, and student-focused pedagogies. 
Applicants should submit the following electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu:
  • Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and why you are a fit for our institution, your teaching philosophy, and a description of your scholarly interests and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline. 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and (c) your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
  • References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.

Review of applications will begin on March 1st and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to search committee chair James Perkins (jperkins@unca.edu).
UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

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