Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Engineering-Physics

Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
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Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a new tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics to begin September 1, 2020. This faculty member will work with existing faculty to develop, and ultimately teach in, a proposed new interdisciplinary Engineering-Physics program set within a liberal arts context.

Department Information: The Physics Department at Gustavus is currently staffed by six full-time faculty members who collaborate closely to deliver an undergraduate physics program of nationally-recognized excellence. Because of the high-quality facilities and innovative curriculum delivered by highly-motivated faculty members, in the past decade, the Gustavus Physics Department has averaged about 18 graduates each year. This places the department in the top 10 liberal arts institutions in the country in terms of the number of graduates per year. In addition to graduate school in physics, about one third of the graduates continue to graduate school in engineering, especially mechanical or electrical engineering, or directly to technical employment. The department places an emphasis on high-impact instructional practices including student/faculty research experiences. Physics department faculty members are also active participants in the general-education curriculum, college-wide initiatives related to sustainability and inclusiveness, as well as outreach activities for the wider community.

Position Information: We are seeking a faculty member who is eager to collaborate with department members to build an interdisciplinary Engineering-Physics program set in a liberal-arts context. The successful candidate will have a strong background, through coursework or other experiences, in both physics and core engineering areas. Additionally, we seek a colleague who will be committed to establishing an active research program that is capable of involving undergraduate students. The new faculty member must share the department’s commitment to recruiting and mentoring students in the Physics and Engineering-Physics program, especially women and members of underrepresented groups.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Primary teaching responsibilities will include traditional physics and newly-developed engineering-physics courses at all undergraduate levels, and contributions to general education.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy;
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests addressing how undergraduates might contribute to the effort;
  • Graduate transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 14, 2019. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Letters of Recommendation: In addition to the materials above, we require three letters of recommendation submitted by the recommender, at least one of which highlights the candidate’s experience in teaching and mentoring. These can either be sent via email to PhysicsSearch@gustavus.edu with the candidate’s name in the subject line or as hard copies to Attn: Engineering Physics Search, Physics Department, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W College Ave, Saint Peter, MN 56082. Letters of recommendation are due October 14, 2019.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics or Engineering (or a related field); we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2020;
  • Coursework or other relevant experiences, in both physics and core engineering areas;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching;
  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising;
  • Ability to develop an appropriate and sustainable research program that incorporates undergraduate students;
  • Commitment to recruiting and mentoring students in the Physics and Engineering-Physics programs, especially women and members of underrepresented groups; and
  • Commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in a range of experimental, computational, and theoretical techniques in physics and/or engineering;
  • Experience working with students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds;
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in physics and/or engineering; and
  • Experience conducting research with undergraduate students.


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