Monday, November 26, 2007

Tenure Tack Physics Position

My university has a tenure track opening for next year. Gotta move fast! The announcement, reproduced below, is found here.

For some reason the ad fails to mention that CNU is next door (well, five minutes away) from one of the world's premier nuclear physics laboratories, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. In other words, this is nuclear physics heaven.


The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering at Christopher Newport University anticipates an opening for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Physics available for Fall 2008. Salary is competitive. We are seeking teacher-scholars who are committed to undergraduate education in the context of liberal learning, who want to engage students in creative intellectual challenges, and who will be active in research and service to the University and community. Our exemplary group of faculty integrates high quality teaching and significant research involving undergraduates and supports a master’s program in applied physics and computer science.

For this position, research in physics education, high-energy nuclear physics, or sensors and instrumentation is preferred. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory physics classes and develop courses for the University’s first year seminar or other courses for the general student population in the Liberal Learning Core. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. The ability to teach entry level Computer Science (Java) or Electronics courses is a plus. A Ph.D. in Physics by August 1, 2008, is required for appointment to a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor.

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering has twenty physicists, computer scientists, and engineers working in a collegial atmosphere. The Department has a variety of laboratories in support of both teaching and research in complex/high speed digital systems, VLSI, parallel processing, communications, information science, lasers and photonics, sensor development, and multimedia graphics, as well as the recently created CNU Institute for Science Education (CISE).

Christopher Newport University, a vibrant, selective, state-supported liberal arts and sciences university of 4,800 students, is located on the Virginia Peninsula between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. CNU's hallmark is outstanding teaching with a strong commitment to undergraduate education and the liberal studies core; the university will soon seek to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2007 freshman class of more than 1,200 students was selected from over 7,000 applicants and has an average SAT of about 1171. For further information on CNU, please visit our web site at Successful candidates will be committed to effective and creative undergraduate teaching and to a program of scholarly activity having the potential to enrich the intellectual lives of the University's students. Successful candidates will be able to create and deliver rigorous courses and will be able to effectively assist students in meeting high academic expectations. Experience as a student or faculty member at a liberal arts and sciences institution is desirable.

Applicants should submit a vita; a letter describing academic preparation, teaching experience if any, and area(s) of research interest; a statement of teaching philosophy; and three letters of reference to:

Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment
Physics Faculty Search
Search #8032
Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606-2998

Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2007.

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