Oglethorpe University welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, starting Fall 2023. A Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field, earned by August 2023, is required.
Faculty at Oglethorpe prioritize teaching and mentoring, and the successful candidate must demonstrate high potential to succeed on both fronts with our diverse student body. Successful Oglethorpe faculty demonstrate a commitment to the craft of teaching, including the use of evidence-based innovative pedagogy and involvement in scholarly activities to promote student education. The teaching load for this position is three courses each semester, so that a typical load might be three lecture courses or two lecture courses and two labs. The chosen candidate will teach, in rotation, algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics as well as upper-division courses and electives that support the Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering programs. In addition, the successful candidate will regularly contribute to Oglethorpe’s signature liberal arts general education program, the Core.
The successful candidate will establish and maintain a research program that engages undergraduate students. Oglethorpe faculty are expected to contribute to their field through peer-reviewed work and to have an active and on-going scholarly agenda. Successful faculty remain current in their discipline or expand their expertise through attending seminars, conferences, and workshops. Oglethorpe faculty also mentor students as academic advisors, research advisors, and in informal settings. Candidates with an expertise in an interdisciplinary subfield such as medical physics, biophysics, physical chemistry, material science, or engineering physics are highly desirable, but exceptional candidates in any subfield will be given full consideration.
Oglethorpe University is a small and growing liberal arts institution. Dedication to students and quality teaching are highly valued here. Our campus is located in the urban environment of Brookhaven, Georgia, with easy access to the cultural offerings of Atlanta and its surrounding cities (e.g., about 15 minutes to the Midtown Arts District via the MARTA rail system).
The university currently enrolls a diverse population of nearly 1,500 students who represent more than 30 states and 30 countries. More than half of Oglethorpe’s students identify as persons of color and 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Candidates from historically excluded groups, whose work furthers the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, and who bring varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Oglethorpe is committed to fostering a campus community and intellectual environment that recruits and maintains diverse faculty and staff, promotes a culture of respect for diverse experiences and perspectives, and understands and addresses the role of inequality in shaping our individual and collective identities. We value faculty mentorship and support faculty teaching, research, and development through the Office of the Provost which works closely with the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field. A record of prior successful experience as a teacher and laboratory instructor is desirable.
Please apply online with the following documents.
A cover letter describing your interest in Oglethorpe University
Current curriculum vitae
A statement of your philosophy and practice of teaching, outlining how you will implement that philosophy in undergraduate courses, which should speak to a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
A plan for engaging and mentoring diverse undergraduate students in meaningful research.
Contact information for 3 professional references
Additional materials may be requested at later stages. Complete applications received by January 6th will receive full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered on a rolling basis.
Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is Atlanta’s leading liberal arts and sciences university, located within the limits of this diverse and dynamic city. Our student body of approximately 1400 students represents about 30 states and over 20 countries, and over half identify as non-white. Approximately one-third of Oglethorpe students are first-generation college students. Oglethorpe is ranked in the top 15% of many polls and rankings of US colleges for diversity in metrics such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin. Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpe’s success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement confirm an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and the wider Atlanta community we serve.
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