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Physics Faculty Instructor

Colorado State University - Physics Dept.
Colorado, US/Canada
$68000 - $73000 per 9-month academic year
Posting live until
22 Nov 2023

Job Details

The Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks to hire a non-tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor whose primary duties would involve teaching large-enrollment introductory physics courses. This is a continuing position, with opportunities for advancement in rank.

The appointed individual is expected to: (1) teach large-enrollment introductory physics courses, particularly the algebra-based physics sequence; (2) mentor the teaching assistants who serve as laboratory and recitation instructors for those courses, as well as any undergraduate learning assistants; (3) advance the mission of the department through additional activities (see below), to be negotiated with the Department Chair; (4) participate in department and university administrative governance functions; engage in scholarly/professional endeavors to support their continued growth as a teacher and a scholar; and fulfill the general faculty responsibilities in the Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual,

Additional activities: The department has a variety of needs towards which the appointed individual could contribute, such as

  • Academic advising of physics majors
  • Recruitment and retention of physics majors
  • Teaching the physics majors “freshman seminar” course
  • Training of new physics graduate students with respect to their roles as educators
  • Support of the calculus-based introductory courses
  • Additional teaching of face-to-face courses
  • Teaching, support, or development of online courses
  • Additional support of the department’s lecture-demonstration facility

The applicant should choose one or two of these items, and, in the Statement Regarding Additional Activities, describe why those are of particular interest and how their background may have prepared them for those activities.

Complete applications consist of a cover letter; detailed CV; statement of teaching philosophy; diversity statement; and statement concerning possible additional activities associated with this position. Three letters of reference are also requested. Applications should be submitted online at Applications completed by December 15, 2023 will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Files of semifinalists (including reference letters) will be available to all Physics Department faculty. Colorado State University is an EO/EA/AA employer and will conduct background checks on all final candidates.

The Department of Physics at Colorado State University values diversity, including culture, ideas and approaches, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, geographic background, national origin, and religious and spiritual beliefs. CSU, with an enrollment of about 33,000 students, holds the prestigious Tier 1 – Very High Research Activity ranking from the Carnegie Foundation. It is located in Fort Collins, a vibrant community with a population of about 170,000 at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver.


We strive to perform excellent teaching and mentoring for both undergraduate and graduate physics students, and serve students in other disciplines that take our courses and participate in available research opportunities. We strive to provide service to the university and the broader physics community, and engage the public in outreach and service.

Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, situated in the foothills of the scenic Rocky Mountains, a one hour drive north of metropolitan Denver. In addition to the cultural and recreational opportunities available in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver, the easily accessible Rocky Mountain area offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including, hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing.

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CSU - Physics Dept
Campus Delivery 1875
Fort Collins
United States

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