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Assistant Professor of Instruction


Northwestern University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a full-time, benefits eligible, multi-year, non-tenure eligible faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Instruction, beginning September 1, 2023. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in teaching undergraduate physics courses and a strong interest in scholarship on physics education and the development and sharing of best teaching practices. A standard teaching assignment is six one-quarter courses per academic year with possible reductions for administrative and other duties. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education, or a related field, which must be conferred before September 1, 2023. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence, breadth, and innovation in teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who have an understanding of research in the teaching and learning of physics and experience working with diverse student populations.

 Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio (including a teaching statement, course syllabi, and student evaluations), and three letters of recommendation which must address teaching. Applications should be submitted online through Northwestern's HR website. Letters of recommendation can be submitted online or sent directly to the attention of Margaret Mersch, Director of Operations, at General questions may be addressed to Margaret Mersch at the same address. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022.

 Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to fostering a diverse faculty. Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website. The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.