Assistant Professor of Physics

Penn State New Kensington
New Kensington, Pennsylvania (US)
Sep 17, 2018
Oct 17, 2018
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Assistant Professor of Physics


Penn State New Kensington invites applications for Assistant Professor of Physics (tenure-track appointment, 36 weeks) to begin August 2019 or as negotiated.

Responsibilities include teaching a range of introductory and general education courses in physics (typically 9 credit hours per semester) including mechanics; electricity and magnetism; fluids and thermal physics; and wave motion and quantum physics. Teaching assignments may include evening classes and online/distributed instruction. Publish in refereed journals. Participate in professional organizations and in course, curriculum, and program development. Advise students and provide career guidance. Participate in campus, university, and community service activities.

Qualifications include a PhD in physics or a closely related discipline. Evidence of potential in research and publication is expected, as is a demonstrated commitment to high-quality instruction in a student-centered environment. Interest in active and collaborative learning, the instructional use of technology, and hybrid and online teaching is an advantage. Prior college-level and online teaching experience, as well as experience using other distance-education delivery methods, is strongly preferred. Enthusiasm for working in a multidisciplinary environment is important.

Penn State is a multi-campus public land-grant university that improves the lives of the people of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Our instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, and continuing and distance education informed by scholarship and research. Our research, scholarship, and creative activities promote human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions. Penn State New Kensington is one of more than 20 Penn State campuses located across the Commonwealth. Our 70-acre campus in scenic, rural Westmoreland County is situated only 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, and the location offers a wide range of lifestyles from urban to rural. It is a student-centered campus of approximately 600 students. The coursework for the first two years of more than 160 Penn State baccalaureate majors is offered, as well as 10 baccalaureate degrees and 5 associate degrees. Our students receive a world-class education delivered in a small-campus setting and have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research projects supervised by faculty members. For more information about the campus, visit, and for further information about academics and Penn State, visit

Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Andrea Adolph, Director of Academic Affairs, Penn State New Kensington. E-mail: Telephone: (724) 334-6031. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae; other information pertinent to the position may also be included. Finalists will be asked to submit a list of references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment with the University will require successful completion of background checks in accordance with University Policy.


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