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Assistant Professor of Physics

Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Physics


The Assistant Professor of Physics is a tenure-track faculty position responsible for teaching introductory physics courses for science and liberal arts majors as well as upper division physics courses.

Involving undergraduate students in research projects, development of a research program, and participation in the ongoing development of the physics program are required.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Scholarship in the discipline, involvement with advising, and service to the department and profession are expected.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Effectively teach 12 credit hours of physics lecture and laboratory courses per semester.

Conducting scholarship in the discipline that involves undergraduate students.

Advising undergraduate students.

Participating in service activities at the department, university, community, and professional levels.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics or closely related discipline completed by August 15, 2024.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and creating a positive learning environment.

Enthusiasm for teaching all introductory physics and/or astronomy classes.

Enthusiasm for teaching Electronics for Scientists, Intermediate Laboratory, and/or Advanced Laboratory.

Enthusiasm for teaching current upper-division courses and/or developing new courses related to the candidate's area of expertise.

Enthusiasm for working with and inspiring undergraduate students.

Ability and enthusiasm for supervising undergraduate physics and/or astronomy research.

Research interests that diversify the research of current CMU physics faculty.

Postdoctoral teaching and/or research experience.

Ability to communicate and work collaboratively and collegially with colleagues.

Salary: $55,000.00 - 58,000.00. Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits package: Click here for more information!

Department: Colorado Mesa University

Employment Type: Faculty


Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by 12/23/2023.

How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic information. In addition, please be prepared to upload a:

• Cover letter

• Resume/CV

• Statement of teaching interests; listing previous teaching experience and courses, examples of classroom techniques, future approaches for effective teaching, and teaching interests including physics courses offered at CMU.
• Statement of research interests; listing research interests and experience, potential projects that involve undergraduates, and approximate budget.

• Include the name, phone number, email address and relationship of at least three professional references who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for. Professional references should include at least one current or former supervisor. Professional reference may also include current or former employers, colleagues or other professionals who have first-hand knowledge and can recommend you for employment.

• Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before uploading the document. Official transcripts will be required upon hire)

Direct Inquiries Contact: Brian Hosterman,


Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus located in Grand Junction. As western Colorado's largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings. Founded in 1925, it's a dynamic university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.

At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they'll encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.

The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and you won't have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting. In addition to a mountain resort that's less than 45 minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado's best kept secrets.

Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.

Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility. Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by phone or email. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed.

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