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Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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


Temporary Assistant Professors and/or Temporary Instructors, College of Arts and Sciences



The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks applications for two temporary faculty starting August 16, 2023. These are full time faculty positions with a competitive compensation and benefits package, on a one-year contract, renewable annually for up to three years. 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UD is a research-active department with vigorous undergraduate and graduate physics programs that also values high quality instruction. The successful candidates will join a group of faculty (both tenure and continuing track) focused on teaching introductory physics using PER-informed (Physics Education Research) pedagogies. Professional development of instructional faculty is strongly encouraged and supported by the department.



A M.S, Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Physics Education, or a related field, experience teaching physics at the college level as the instructor of record, and a strong commitment to teaching and serving a diverse population are required.  The ideal candidate will also have expertise in teaching introductory physics classes to STEM majors across disciplines, including Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, and/or Engineering. Experience with evidence-based application of learning theory, as well as an interest in utilizing classroom technologies will be viewed favorably. Demonstrated experience managing courses with multiple sections, teaching assistants, and/or laboratory sections will also be considered favorably. 

Responsibilities associated with this position will be teaching introductory level lecture courses (primarily in-person) and the coordination of associated discussion sections.

For questions about the position contact Dr. Veronique Petit, Chair Search Committee (  

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UD:  The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) at the University of Delaware ( 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.  The DPA introductory physics curriculum services 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.



Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2023, and will continue until the positions are filled.
Applicants should upload:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of courses taught over the last 3-5 years (indicating the approximate number of students in each); 
  • a teaching statement (3 pages maximum) that could include: 
    • a description of PER-informed pedagogy implemented by the candidate, 
    • explanation of assessment techniques for student learning and teaching effectiveness, 
    • description of experience managing large enrollment courses, 
    • the candidate’s approach to effective instruction for a diverse population of students; 
  • and the contact information for at least one reference (the letters will be requested at the time of the application). 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Veronique Petit, Chair Search Committee (


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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