Minimum Qualifications: 1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application. 2) Evidence of teaching experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. 3) Evidence of the ability to establish an active, self-supported astronomy/astrophysics research program that will involve both undergraduate and master’s students. 4) Evidence of an established and current record of scholarly engagement (e.g., publications, grants, presentations, disciplinary engagement) in astronomy or astrophysics.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have: 1) Postdoctoral experience. 2) Demonstrated success in teaching a variety of astronomy and/or astrophysics courses, including lower- and upper-division courses, as well as graduate courses. 3) Experience mentoring students and supporting students’ research and/or educational activities. 4) Evidence of obtaining external funding for research activities (e.g., fellowships or grants).
Duties: The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.
The successful candidate will teach astronomy and astrophysics courses at all levels of instruction (including GE courses), as well as within the standard physics curriculum where appropriate, and will participate in the curriculum development process. The successful candidate will establish a funded research program in their field of expertise, actively involve undergraduate and master’s students in research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and support and further develop the department’s public outreach and community engagement activities.
The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.
The Department: The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers both undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics. Areas of faculty research within the department include astrophysics, atmospheric science, biophysics, computational physics, condensed matter physics, and nuclear physics. Nearby institutions that offer opportunities for collaboration include Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, plus many other Los Angeles area colleges.
Required Documentation: Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair via the Cal State LA Careers website: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. 2) a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university. 3) a curriculum vitae. 4) a teaching statement that describes experience and strategies for successful teaching in a variety of astronomy and astrophysics courses. 5) a research statement that also proposes a plan for establishing an active, self-supported astronomy/astrophysics research program that will involve both undergraduate and graduate students. 6) unofficial transcripts of graduate work.
Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Application Deadline: For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by December 1, 2022. Applications received after the deadline may be considered.
For questions regarding this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Susan Terebey, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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