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Assistant Professor of Physics
About the Position: The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for one full-time tenure-track assistant professor of Physics position beginning September 2014. Specialization in Physics Education Research or Astronomy is preferred.
About the College/Department: There are nine full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty and 100+ undergraduate physics majors. Physics B.S. and Math/Physics B.A.Ed. degrees are offered. Detailed information regarding the Physics/Astronomy department is available at http://www.wwu.edu/physics. WWU’s strategic goals include recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. The Department of Physics and Astronomy strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.
Position Responsibilities: A successful applicant will be expected to teach upper and lower division undergraduate physics and astronomy courses. The successful candidate will also be expected to pursue a research program that will involve undergraduate students, and to write grant proposals to gain outside support.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in Physics or Astronomy by time of appointment
  • Active engagement in a sub-field that complements departmental research areas
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Candidates should be actively engaged in research, with preference given to specialists in Physics Education Research or Astronomy
  • Commitment to developing sustainable undergraduate research opportunities
  • Strong publication record
  • Strong interest in teaching and learning, including commitment to teaching excellence and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates
  • Evidence of prior teaching effectiveness
  • Post-doctoral experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Academic Emphasis: Physics
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: All application materials must be submitted electronically via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment, preferably uploaded in a single pdf file, at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs.

Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the applicant's background and why she or he would be interested in joining the department, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, including a short statement on how the applicant’s background and experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared them to effectively teach increasingly diverse students and work effectively with diverse colleagues, (3) detailed research proposal with plans for undergraduate involvement, and (4) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. 

Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists. 
Other Information: Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Janelle Leger, at physics@wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 8/14/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins November 22, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130401
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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