Teacher in Residence in Physics
Appalachian State University, The Physics and Astronomy Department
United States

Minimum Qualifications Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Physics, Physics Education, or Science Education and have experience teaching high school physics.


Additional Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required) The Physics and Astronomy Department at Appalachian State University is looking for a Teacher-in-Residence (TIR). For more information about Teachers-in-Residence, please visit https://www.phystec.org/.


Successful applicants for the TIR position will be experienced teachers of high school physics. Candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, student mentoring, and outreach. In addition, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence. Candidates are especially encouraged to apply if they: (a) can show evidence of teaching excellence at the high school level; (b) possess a strong background in physics education and pedagogy; (c) are committed to increasing the number of physics teachers.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities The TIR would work with the department to increase the number of physics secondary education majors and improve the retention of those majors through engaging mentoring experiences. The TIR will also support the observations and mentoring of students in their student teaching. The TIR will be expected to teach or team-teach appropriate physics teacher education courses and lecture and/or lab sections of freshman physics courses. The expectation is a 6 hour contact load per semester.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must send a complete application, consisting of:

(a) letter of application;

(b) current curriculum vitae or resume;

(c) statement of teaching philosophy.


We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey.  This brief survey can be accessed at https://appstate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NEoKneZCpBhBY1


Initial Review Date 5/1/2019


Person and address to whom the application should be sent Applications should be addressed to Dr. Tonya Coffey. The application should be sent electronically (in PDF format only) to: Dr. Tonya Coffey at physics_search@appstate.edu


Description of the Department or Unit The department offers a B.A. in Physics, a B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Applied Physics, and a BS in Physics with a concentration in Secondary Education. Additionally, the department offers an M.S. in Engineering Physics. The faculty includes 12.5 TT and 10 full-time NTT members. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the largest in the country by the AIP when compared to other Masters granting institutions: enrollment exceeds 150 undergraduate majors, and 25 master’s students. Department facilities include staffed machine and electronics shops; nanoscience imaging, fabrication and characterization facilities; ion trapping, optics and biophysics laboratories; an applied electrostatics lab; a suite of atmospheric instrumentation; and research and student observatories. Additional information about the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University, and the surrounding area can be found at www.appstate.edu and at the above-listed department website.


Search Committee Chair Name Dr. Tonya Coffey


Search Committee Chair Email Address physics_search@appstate.edu


Seated Disability Statement Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or maxeymr@appstate.edu.


Description of the University Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.


AA/EEO Statement Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


Diversity Statement Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Learn more at http://diversity.appstate.edu.


Background Check Statement Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.


Eligibility of Employment Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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