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Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

Job Description

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Ball State University

Ball State University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy has openings for two (2) one-year contract faculty positions available August 2021, where the successful applicant will teach primarily introductory courses for majors and/or non-majors and participate in departmental service-related activities of the university at a level associated with a contract-faculty position.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications from individuals who can contribute through their research, teaching, and service to the growth of our department.

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to teach full-time (12 credit hours) lecture and laboratory courses primarily in the areas of introductory physics, astronomy, and/or physics education for preservice elementary education majors. In addition, the successful applicant(s) may teach upper level undergraduate courses and graduate-level courses where her/his qualifications match departmental needs.

The successful applicant(s) will contribute intellectual and professional service to the department at a level associated with contract-faculty-positions.

Minimum Qualifications: Earned MA/MS/MAT in physics, astronomy, physics education, or science education (with an emphasis in physics) from an accredited institution. Teaching experience at the college level, which may include typical graduate assistantship assignments.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, physics education, or related discipline from an accredited institution. Experience teaching introductory physics and/or astronomy courses for
majors, non-majors, and/or pre-service elementary education majors. Effective communication skills in classroom and laboratory settings.

Apply online at: Please include the following documents in your application: curriculum vitae, portfolio, research statement/papers, and cover letter addressed to John Millis. Note that only one document may be uploaded. Therefore, if you desire to upload multiple documents you will need to combine them into a single PDF prior to the upload. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through May 10, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...