Position Number: F 238 Salary for Announcement: Commensurate with experience and education Employee Category: Faculty Department: PHY - Physics
Position Summary: The Department of Physics at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites candidates to apply for a full-time, tenure-track position in physics. We invite candidates that specialize in experimental physics with preferred additional experience in online courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses contributing to the natural and physical general studies requirement, with opportunity to teach undergraduate advanced laboratories.
The MSU Denver Physics Program is focused on providing an outstanding learning environment for our undergraduate students that includes opportunities for undergraduate research. Therefore, a commitment to high quality teaching and student success is paramount. The Physics Department offers course work leading to a Bachelor of Science with 3 tracks; 1. Fundamentals of Physics, 2. Applied Physics, and 3. Astrophysics. The department also offers course work leading to a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts with Secondary Teacher Licensure Concentration. A minor in physics is offered as well. The Physics Department program is taught jointly by the faculties of MSU Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver. MSU Denver and UCD students receive instruction from the faculty of both institutions. The Physics Department also offers courses in astronomy, which are designed primarily as general interest courses.
MSU Denver prioritizes teaching and learning excellence. MSU Denver defines teaching as activities that impart knowledge and critical thinking skills to students. We are among the largest public four-year universities in Colorado, with nearly 20,000 students. MSU Denver is one of the state's most affordable, accessible, and diverse universities; the University attracts and serves students from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. As an urban university committed to serving the local community, excellence in teaching and learning is MSU Denver's primary objective. MSU Denver emphasizes maintaining Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. Located in the heart of Denver, MSU Denver shares the 75-acre Auraria campus with two other post-secondary institutions.
The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.
Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.
Duties/Responsibilities: Assistant Professor responsibilities: • Teach 12 credit hours a semester. This includes preparing for courses, assessing student progress, conducting curricular review, and integrating technology, as appropriate. Teaching may include Online, classroom, and Online/Hybrid instruction; classroom instruction may include day, evening, and weekend as needed. • Advise students. This involves assisting students in choosing career options, choosing a degree program, successfully completing his or her degree, obtaining employment or graduate school placement, and staying informed of University and College policies. • Pursue a program of scholarly activities that contributes to teaching and intellectual work that is peer reviewed and publicly disseminated. • Engage in service to the department, college, profession, and/or community.
Teaching: NB: Summer teaching is optional and dependent upon department needs.
Teaching involves activities that impart knowledge and critical thinking skills to students. It includes preparing for courses assigned, assessing student progress, conducting curricular review, curricular development, and program review, including the use of new technology, as appropriate. Teaching also includes advising, which involves activities specifically directed to assist the student in choosing career options, choosing a degree program, successfully completing his or her degree, obtaining employment or graduate school placement, and keeping informed of University policies.
Scholarly Activities: Professional development is a process which includes activity that brings enrichment to the faculty member and the profession and results in new material that can be presented to students, as well as new skills which benefit the University community and are related to the faculty member’s assigned responsibilities. It may include investigative work or basic research; infusion of isolated facts with meaning and perspective; making connections across disciplines; placing the specialized in broad context; making knowledge broadly accessible; the solving of problems through the use of scholarly expertise, pedagogical research, creative exploration and production; and methods for the transformation and extension of knowledge, so long as such activities enhance the faculty member’s teaching and/or the faculty member’s ability to perform his or her assigned responsibilities.
Service: Service involves contributions to the improvement of the welfare of the University at any level, and typically unpaid public service to the community or professional organizations which benefits the University. Some service opportunities may include a reduction in teaching load.
Required Qualifications: • Doctoral Degree in physics or a closely related field • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level
1) Demonstrated experience, interest and ability in developing an undergraduate research program in experimental physics with an emphasis on the properties of advanced materials in a small laboratory setting. 2) The interest and ability to thrive in a small undergraduate program at an urban university working with a diverse student population. 3) Expertise in solid state and/or condensed matter physics/materials science, optics, or other fields of experimental physics research that can be carried out with undergraduates at MSU Denver is ideal. 4) Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to teach our Solid State Physics and Upper-Division laboratory courses. 5) Demonstration of the potential for interdisciplinary research with other departments or outside agencies.
Additional preferences may include: • Ability to teach and/or develop online courses • Expertise in experiential learning (e.g., internships, service learning) • Experience with non-traditional students and diverse urban groups and an ability to teach from a perspective that includes U.S. ethnic minorities, other marginalized groups, and/or women • Demonstrated interest in working with diverse students in programs of recruitment and retention
Posting Date: 12/12/2019 Closing Instructions: Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicant: Complete applications received by January 13, 2020 will receive full consideration. The position is open until filled.
In order to be considered as an applicant, you must apply via the online application system, www.msudenverjobs.com.
IMPORTANT: In order for an applicant to be considered for the position, the applicant must have a complete file with the following: 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Teaching Philosophy 4. Research Statement. Please submit under “Other Document” in the application. 5. References
References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
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