Assistant Professor of Physics
Texas Lutheran University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Physics to begin August 2022. We seek a colleague whose interests complement and enhance our existing activities to support students seeking a wide array of career paths including engineering, who is a gifted and dedicated educator able to cover a wide array of courses in the major, who can engage non?majors in service courses, and whose research interests will provide opportunities for robust scientific experiences for undergraduate majors.
Requirements for the position include:
- Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, or other physics-related discipline (ABD considered with assurance of completion no later than August 2022)
- Evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching undergraduate physics or engineering students at the introductory and advanced level in both the classroom and laboratory setting
- Commitment to university/community service, outreach, and continued professional development
- Commitment to attracting and retaining students from traditionally underrepresented groups
- Understanding and support of the mission of Texas Lutheran University
In our considerations, preference will be given to candidates with experimental physics background and/or instructional physics laboratory development, evidence of actively engaging undergraduate students in meaningful research and research training, and/or experience with engineering physics or pre-engineering programs.
The TLU Department of Physics offers a B.S. and a B.A. in Physics, a B.S. in Applied Physics, and a B.S. in Physics with either a Math or Chemistry concentration that leads to secondary teaching certification. About half of TLU Physics degree recipients pursue graduate education in a range of professional and academic programs, with the remainder finding employment primarily in entry-level engineering positions. The curriculum is designed to address broad career goals, and all majors are required to carry out independent, faculty-mentored research that culminates in a senior thesis. The department consistently has 40-50 majors and has held steady in the midst of the pandemic. More information about the TLU Physics Department is available at http://www.tlu.edu/physics.
Texas Lutheran University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, seeks applicants who are eager to join a culturally diverse community of learning. Our student body, reflective of the diversity of the State of Texas, is over 40% Hispanic, with a strong African American presence as well. Candidates who have the professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in teaching, collaborative research, and community service with our diverse student body are particularly sought. Salary is competitive with excellent benefits. For more information, consult our web site at http://www.tlu.edu.
To be fully considered for this position, each candidate is required to submit the following materials as a single electronic file (pdf preferred):
- Letter of application addressing required and preferred criteria
- Current curriculum vitae
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- Statement detailing how research interests and experience will actively engage undergraduate students
- Statement addressing past contributions, or potential to contribute, to fostering diversity through teaching, research, and/or service, including any experience working with underrepresented student populations
- Contact information for three professional references (names, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers).
Separately, arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted. At least one of the letters should specifically address the candidate’s teaching experience.
Please send your submissions electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials should be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Toni Sauncy, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Texas Lutheran University has been consistently recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education and has been featured in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” selection among regional colleges in the West, ranking first on the list for “Best Value,” and fifth overall. This is the seventh consecutive year TLU has been featured on the “Best Value” rankings, once again returning to the No. 1 spot. Other notable recognitions include TLU’s acknowledgment as a top 20 regional college for Social Mobility—the third year the university has appeared in this category. TLU is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and also is subject to the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Texas Lutheran University is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion across all levels of the University. Candidates who are interested in contributing to this goal are strongly encouraged to apply.