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(Archived) Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy

Last Updated: 6/02/23

Job Description

Department: Dept of Physics

Full-Time Non-Tenure Track

Open until filled: Yes

Requisition number: 202300059F

Usual duties:

The Sam Houston State University Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a salaried lecturer position to begin in Fall 2023. Appointment is on an annual (9 month) contract basis with possibility of continuing annual renewal thereafter.

The primary responsibility of this position is teaching the core astronomy courses in our newly renovated Engaging Spaces classroom. Secondary responsibilities could also include instruction of introductory physics courses, especially conceptual physics.

The instructional load is (4|4), i.e., four three-credit-hour courses for each of the fall and spring terms. A majority of instructional duties will be in-person, at the main SHSU campus, although a portion of assigned courses may be conducted online. The candidate may also be expected to partner with the astronomy faculty in related service activities. For example, this could include curriculum refinement, or supervision of laboratory teaching assistants, or supervision of student projects at the new off-campus observatory (currently under construction and expected to open in Fall 2023). This domed facility will house a 28" telescope from PlaneWave Instruments and the advertised position includes full observing privileges.

This position will be based at the main SHSU campus in Huntsville, Texas.

Degree Requirements:

Requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in Astronomy or Physics or a very closely related field.

Experience Requirements:

Teaching experience is greatly valued in the selection process. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they are capable of providing quality teaching while maintaining an engaging classroom environment suitable for learning. The successful candidate should have a commitment to student success in our core astronomy courses for non-science majors, exhibit an ability to incorporate active learning styles in their presentations, and be able to teach introductory astronomy in various modalities, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid. The ideal candidate will have engaged in scholarly work involving astronomy education research, but such scholarship is not required.

Other Requirements for the Position:

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

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Human Resources Department

1831 University Ave, John W. Thomason Bldg. Suite 202

P.O. Box 2356

Huntsville, TX 77341-2356

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Huntsville, Texas, United States
A Great Name in Texas Education! Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its approximately 21,612 students, eight college...