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Mar 4 2021

Faculty Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics

Chapman University Orange, California, United States

Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University seeks applicants for a non-tenure track, full-time position of Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics, effective August 2021.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Schmid College of Science and Technology. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty.

Schmid College of Science and Technology (SCST) embodies Chapman’s mission of providing students with personalized educational experiences by fostering an outstanding community of teacher-scholars across a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Schmid College has a new 140,000 ft2 home, the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, alongside the newly founded Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. More information about the Schmid College of Science and Technology is available at

The Physics program prides itself on personalized education, small class sizes, innovative curriculum and teaching methods, and direct student-faculty mentorship. Instructional faculty play a critical role in the program for teaching, pedagogy, advising, and service, have the opportunity for promotion to associate and full instructional professor, and have full voting power at both the program and college levels. Instructional faculty join a vibrant and growing teaching community integrated with strong research programs that benefit from close collaboration with several internationally recognized research institutes at Chapman, including the Institute for Quantum Studies, founded by the National Medal of Science winner Prof. Yakir Aharonov (, and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences recently founded and directed by Prof. Amir Raz.

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at

Requirements include a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.

The ideal candidate will have broad training in physics, and have experience with both designing and teaching introductory physics courses and laboratories using evidence-based instructional approaches. The ideal candidate will show the ability to teach fundamental physical concepts to a broad audience with diverse prior backgrounds, and demonstrate the ability to inspire scientific curiosity. The ideal candidate will have interest in student mentorship, building student community, and assisting with student outreach. Finally, the ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

The successful candidate will teach lectures and laboratory sections in the introductory physics sequences for the life sciences, with a focus on the PHYS 107/108/207 sequence taken primarily by majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, health sciences, and biophysics. The successful candidate will help develop and improve the introductory curriculum in close collaboration with physics faculty, while coordinating with faculty from biology, chemistry, and the health sciences. The successful candidate will also help coordinate laboratories for this introductory sequence. In this role, the candidate will help assess the laboratory curriculum, modify and develop new labs as appropriate, and coordinate part-time instructors. The successful candidate will also be an active participant in program activities and engage with the vibrant community of physics faculty and students.

Qualified candidates should submit the following electronically via

  • Cover letter that clearly articulates how the candidate envisions contributing to the research, educational, and diversity & inclusion missions of Chapman University.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • Completed faculty employment application
  • Three or more letters of recommendation

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Application review will begin May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Matthew Leifer, Search Chair, at Please use “Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics” as the email subject line.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. This position is subject to final budget approval.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment at .

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman can be found at .

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Faculty.

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