Term Assistant Professor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Dec 07, 2022
May 21, 2023
Full Time
Term Assistant ProfessorThe George Mason University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applicants for two Term Instructional Assistant Professor positions beginning in August 2023. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Mason Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. In Mason's College of Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.Responsibilities:Successful candidates are expected to teach courses offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy including both lecture and lab courses in physics and/or astronomy, to contribute to the Department service, and to mentor students.Required Qualifications:Doctorate degree in physics, astronomy, or a closely-related field;Experience teaching undergraduate physics and/or astronomy courses; andExcellent written and oral communication skills.Preferred Qualifications:Commitment to mentoring and educating a broad range of students, and particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented in physics and astronomy are strongly encouraged to apply;The ability to develop and implement new courses and teaching methods is highly valued;Ability to teach both physics and astronomy classes; andExperience in computer programming.For more information about the Department of Physics and Astronomy, please visit http://www.phyics.gmu.edu/.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for either position number F5393Z or F8703Z. The two positions are linked so you need only enter one to be considered for both. Complete and submit the online application at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; and upload (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement (3 pages max), (4) a statement of inclusive excellence (3 pages max), and (5) names and contact information of at least three references.Teaching Statement: Describe your teaching philosophy, and experience incorporating innovative and inclusive teaching practices in the classroom. Please indicate courses you would like to teach and/or develop, and describe goals for student learning, strategies you will employ to accomplish them, and, if applicable, lessons learned from prior teaching experiences.A-JEDI: The statement of inclusive excellence should describe how you might work to foster an inclusive environment, and/or promote diversity in physics and astronomy through research, mentorship, teaching, and/or outreach. Please be as specific as possible and realistic about your time commitment. If applicable, describe previous work on advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) and/or how your background and experiences inform your approach to A-JDEI.References: Applicants should also identify three individuals to provide letters of recommendation if requested. Applicants should choose at least one reference who can comment on the applicant's potential to foster an inclusive learning environment, and at least one reference who can comment on the applicant's teaching potential.Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023, and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the positions should be addressed to the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Prof. Rob Cressman (jcressma@gmu.edu) with either of the reference position numbers in the subject line of the e-mail.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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