Adjunct of Physics and Astronomy
St. Edward's University, The School of Natural Sciences
United States

St. Edward's University invites applications for one adjunct position to teach one or potentially more physics and/or astronomy courses. The School of Natural Sciences routinely hires adjunct faculty to fill curricular needs on a part-time basis and maintains a pool of candidates for temporary part-time positions as the need arises. This position is continuously open and qualified persons will be selected to teach undergraduate courses as the need arises. Appointments are generally made on a semester-by-semester basis. Positions are renewable, contingent upon need and performance.






Responsibilities will include teaching one (likely PHYS 1305 and PHYS 2321) or possibly more of the following classes:


PHYS 1305 Physics for Future Presidents: This course meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:00 am 12:15 pm. It is an introductory physics course for non-science majors. The content follows Richard Muller's Physics for Future Presidents text and provides the relevant physics results that can inform policy implications on societal issues. It is project-based.

PHYS 2321 Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics: This course meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 9:15 am. The topics include electric forces and fields; electrical energy and capacitance; current and resistance; direct current circuits; magnetism; induced voltages and inductance; alternating current circuits and electromagnetic waves; reflection and refraction of light; mirrors and lenses; wave optics; quantum physics; nuclear physics and energy.

PHYS 2426 University Physics II: University Physics II is calculus-based covering electricity and magnetism. The teaching format is team-based and project-based.

ASTR 1311 Astronomy: This course meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 6:15 pm and covers the ranges of topics typical in an introductory astronomy course.

ASTR 1111 Astronomy Lab: There are two sections of the lab, one on Tuesday from 6:30 9:20 pm and the other at the same time on Thursday. This is the required lab section associated with the lab.



Ph. D. or Master's degree in, physics, or a related discipline.

Graduate level coursework of at least 18 hours in physics and/or astronomy is required. Courses on the transcript must be identified as physics and/or astronomy courses.

Teaching experience is preferred.

Successful candidate must complete an employment and/or criminal background check.





Interested applicants should submit an online application at; Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please.  Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items.


In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University.






St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.






Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas.  St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities.  The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students.  An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;








We are not offering sponsorship at this time.




Background Checks:


A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.




Reference #: J18141

Posted: 5/1/16/2019



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