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Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Physics & Astronomy, Full Time

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor, Continuing Track

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA, in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks applications for a Continuing Track (CT) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 16, 2022. The ideal candidate will have expertise in teaching introductory physics classes to STEM majors, including those associated with Health Sciences and/or Engineering. Minimum qualifications for the position are a completed Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, prior to appointment, and a strong commitment to teaching and to serving a diverse population.  Experience with curriculum development, curriculum assessment, and evidence-based application of learning theory, as well as an interest in utilizing classroom technologies are strongly desirable.


Responsibilities associated with this position will include teaching introductory level lecture courses, development of curriculum, evaluation and development of new pedagogical methods in Physics and Astronomy Education, coordination of lectures with associated laboratory sections, and administrative tasks. The position may also include Department, College and University service. This position offers a strong, supportive setting for teaching in the environment of an active research department. The successful candidate is expected to excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. 


As an instructor for one of several introductory physics curriculum courses offered in the department, the successful applicant will be the one of the primary faculty contacts in the DPA for undergraduate students majoring in the Health Sciences and Engineering.   Therefore, the successful applicant will be one of the faces of the department both within the College and the University as a whole.   In addition, the successful applicant is expected to interact with the STEM departments across the campus to help maintain and improve the introductory physics curriculum offered by the DPA.


QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:   We are seeking an exceptional candidate in teaching introductory undergraduate physics. The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or related field prior to appointment, have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate physics and/or astronomy, and have expertise or interest in PER-informed (Physics Education Research) pedagogies.  Responsibilities associated with this position will include teaching introductory level lecture courses, development of curriculum, evaluation and development of new pedagogical methods in Physics and Astronomy Education, coordination of lectures with associated laboratory sections, and administrative tasks. 


The Department of Physics and Astronomy AT UD:  The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) at the University of Delaware (URL) is within the College Arts and Sciences. The DPA is home to more than 30 full time faculty with research interests spanning sub-atomic phenomena to Astrophysics, with external research grant funding in excess of $6M per year.  The DPA currently has over 70 graduate students and over 100 undergraduate majors.  In addition, the DPA introductory physics curriculum service over 2500 undergraduate students per year. 


The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.


The University of Delaware ( is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission.  We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, Teaching philosophy, including a description of future teaching interests and how these relate to teaching to a diverse population, description of research experience and interests (if applicable) and how these relate to your teaching, and contact information for three references. For additional information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Matthew DeCamp ( Questions about the application submission can be directed to Dawn Butler, Business Administrator (


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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