Physics Faculty

Olympia, Washington State
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Oct 11, 2016
Dec 05, 2016
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Position Type
Full Time

This is a full-time, regular* faculty position starting in the 2017/18 academic year.

The Evergreen State College seeks a broadly trained faculty colleague dedicated to teaching physics in a wide range of innovative and interdisciplinary academic offerings. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates at all levels in inclusive learning environments using research-based pedagogies. Candidates from any physics subfield or related area may be considered. Candidates should be able to teach physics at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels (including electronics and/or advanced labs) in the established science curriculum. Candidates should also be able to collaborate with colleagues in the sciences, as well as in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, to teach physics as part of a general education within broadly themed, interdisciplinary courses.

Evergreen faculty typically teach in teams, have a significant amount of direct contact with students, and enjoy a high degree of freedom to determine the subject matter, emphasis, classroom strategies, and modes of evaluation in their programs. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience or interest in using innovative pedagogies to engage students in developing their conceptual understanding of quantitative ideas and their hands-on, laboratory-based experimental skills in physics. We seek candidates committed to teaching in an interdisciplinary context in a curriculum that emphasizes personal engagement, connecting theory to practice, and collaborative learning across significant differences. Candidates who have background and interests beyond the sciences and have prior experience teaching with faculty from other disciplines are encouraged to apply. We also particularly encourage applicants who have a demonstrated interest and willingness to work with underserved students from diverse socio-economic and/or cultural backgrounds.

In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to advise and mentor students and participate in Evergreen’s system of shared governance. Through their participation in shared governance, faculty play a significant role in most aspects of how the college is run.

*Regular is equivalent to tenure-track at other colleges.  A complete description of the continuing contract and conversion process can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, article 11.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) in physics or related field; College level teaching experience; and Ability to teach undergraduate physics at all levels, including electronics and/or advanced labs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in working with diverse and underserved populations;

Experience using innovative and research-based teaching strategies;

Experience in team-teaching;

Experience in interdisciplinary teaching or research;

Ability to support students’ development of quantitative and scientific literacies;

Ability to support students’ development of writing skills;

Ability to support undergraduate research projects.

Review of complete applications begins November 7, 2016. We will continue to accept applications until finalists are selected.

To apply, please use the "APPLY" button below and submit:

• Contact Information

• Affirmative Action

In addition, submit the following items as email attachment(s) to:

• Curriculum vitae;

• Letter of application;

• 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and practice. Please focus specifically on your understanding and experience of interdisciplinary study and what you believe should distinguish a liberal arts education today;

• 1-2 page statement of your experience and/or practice with diversity and equity issues. (more information is available on our website:

• Examples of scholarly work (research papers or reviews);

• Three names and contact information for professional colleagues; two of which must submit letters of reference (letters of reference may be submitted via regular mail or email); and

• Optional: Student evaluations and/or letters of support from current and/or former students.

For questions regarding this position, contact us at:

Faculty Hiring Coordinator

The Evergreen State College

2700 Evergreen Parkway, L-2002

Olympia, WA 98505

(360) 867-6861 voice

(360) 867-6794 fax

(360) 867-6834 TDD

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