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Collegiate Assistant Professor

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Collegiate Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank: Collegiate Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170166
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Department of Physics at Virginia Tech ( places a strong emphasis on teaching and learning, with introductory physics being of particular importance. To enhance this effort, the department will fill one non-tenure-track faculty position in the department, to start in Fall 2018. The appointment will be at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor with an initial 3-year appointment and the possibility of multi-year renewal upon successful review.

The Department of Physics has 32 tenure-track faculty and 3 Instructors in residence at the main, Blacksburg campus, with 351 undergraduate physics majors, and 82 graduate students. Research areas include astronomical sciences, biological physics, experimental condensed matter physics, experimental nuclear and particle physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, theoretical particle physics and string theory. The department has a long history of excellence in teaching. This past year it shared a University Exemplary Department award for effectiveness in teaching large lecture classes. Each semester the department teaches introductory calculus-based physics to about 2000 students, and introductory algebra-based physics to about 800 students.

We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching undergraduate students. Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include
• Teaching introductory undergraduate courses,
• Organizing and directing a team of faculty and instructors teaching many sections of introductory physics,
• Organizing and directing the instruction (by graduate teaching assistants) of laboratory sections in both calculus-based and algebra-based introductory physics.
• Assuming significant responsibility for innovative curricular and instructional development in both the laboratory and lecture portions of these courses and taking a leadership role in training other faculty in these initiatives,
• Continuing to develop professional capabilities and participate in scholarly activities, including travel to and participation in professional conferences and societies, and participate in department, college, and university service and governance, as well as professional service.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. Applicants must have a strong background in Physics; demonstrated experience with and commitment to teaching excellence in classroom and/or laboratory settings; a desire to advise and teach a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities; and commitment/sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable characteristics include a record of pedagogical achievement and vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to instruction. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated effective experience in working with teams of faculty to provide effective and innovative instruction, and a demonstrated commitment to expanding the diversity of the academic community.

Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at (#
TR0170166 ) and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with the official PhD transcript attached, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a statement of any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity and/or mentoring of minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse educational environment (, and contact information for three references. The review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Questions regarding the position can be directed by Email to:

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Physics
Work Location:
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 10/20/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/08/2018
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript
  4. Teaching Statement
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