University of Connecticut, Physics

Position ID:UConn-Physics-2020217 [#15243, 493619]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Residence, Physics - Avery Point Campus
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/10/23, finished 2020/05/11, listed until 2020/03/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for a teaching appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence (APiR), beginning in the fall 2020 semester. This faculty position will be located at the UConn Avery Point regional campus.

UConn is in a transformational period of growth supported by multibillion-dollar investments (Next Generation Connecticut, Bioscience Connecticut) by the State of Connecticut. As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty during the past three years. Physics education at the regional campuses plays an important role in these developments.

The Avery Point campus of UConn  (, situated on the scenic coast of Connecticut, is oriented towards STEM education and home to the Laboratory for Astrophysics ( and Marine Sciences Department ( Bachelor degree programs at Avery Point emphasize interdisciplinary, experiential learning that may include hands-on activities, internships, and undergraduate research. The campus provides education in a small college environment with access to the infrastructure of a tier one research university.

The successful candidate will be expected to share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate level and to the mentoring of students in their professional development. The candidate will share a commitment to the development and innovative improvement of physics courses, and will be expected to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and outreach activities. The successful candidate will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and contribute to the development of pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

This position may include opportunities for supervising student honors projects or Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs.


Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field, the ability to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate level, and a commitment to professional development through, for example, participation in teaching technique seminars or preparation for college teaching programs. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


Experience implementing high-impact teaching practices guided by physics education research; use of educational technologies, such as online homework systems, smart boards, or classroom response systems (“clickers”), and instructional lab management skills. Recognition of outstanding pedagogy, such as teaching excellence awards, would also be of interest.


This is a 9-month full-time faculty position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. It is renewable annually and may lead to successive multi-year contracts. Promotions to Associate Professor in Residence and Professor in Residence are possible, but this position does not lead to permanent academic tenure. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Select “Apply” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application.   Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching statement. Your teaching statement should address your experience and philosophy, your commitment to effective learning and the use of new teaching technologies, and your ideas for integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. Evaluation of applicants will begin January 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020217)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Physics
196 Auditorium Road
Unit 3046
Storrs, CT 06269

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