University of California Santa Cruz, Division of Physical and Biological Sciences

Position ID:University of California Santa Cruz-Division of Physical and Biological Sciences-TPP [#20881]
Position Title: Teaching Professor, Physics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States
Subject Area: Physics / Physics Education
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/12/27)
Position Description:    

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Teaching Professor, Physics

Position overview
Position title: Teaching Professor, Physics (Assistant Teaching Professor- Teaching Professor*) *The Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and it has the payroll title “Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE)”. An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to "Security of Employment”, which is analogous to tenure. The Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor titles confer the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and they have the payroll title of “Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE)” and “Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLSOE)” respectively. LSOE and SLSOE are analogous to tenure.
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022.

Application Window

Open date: December 13th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Feb 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a teaching professor position, up to and including the senior level. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. The initial teaching focus will be on undergraduate introductory physics and associated lab courses. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year plus manage introductory labs; be familiar with current research and evidence-based teaching practices as applied in physics; will contribute to the literature in pedagogy, curricular development, and/or related research fields; and will be a leader in the implementation and development of innovative teaching practices to support a diverse student body. Closing equity gaps in student success rates and accelerating the expansion of diversity and inclusion of groups currently underrepresented in STEM are high priorities for the department and the campus.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minoritized groups underrepresented in higher education careers. We especially welcome candidates who have experience in building equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, professional activities, and service. Efforts supporting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important during the merit review and promotion process.

The Division of Physical and Biological Sciences, in which the Physics Department resides, hosts a vibrant teaching and learning community, with frequent opportunities for collaborations across campus. As a member of the Academic Senate, the successful candidate will be an important resource for undergraduate curriculum development, and will participate fully in relevant departmental, divisional, and campus committees. See the UCSC Course Catalog for a full list of the department’s course descriptions and the department’s Diversity and Climate pages.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Physics Department:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in physics, astronomy & astrophysics, or related field; and a record of teaching at the university level, with responsibility for running introductory courses.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • *Statement of Teaching - A statement (a maximum of three pages) describing teaching philosophy and interests, any experience with pedagogical research, and relevant professional achievements and activities.
  • *Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement (a maximum of three pages) addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and other activities. Specifics about the candidate’s knowledge, experience, actions, results, and plans are much more helpful than general statements. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    *Initial applicant screening will focus exclusively on the Statement of Teaching and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application, two pages or less, that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Statement of Professional Achievement and Activity - A statement, two pages or less, that summarizes your professional activities relevant to the advertised position.
  • Sample Course Syllabus
  • Teaching Evaluations (set 1 of 3) - Provide course set of teaching evaluations if they are available to share.
  • Teaching Evaluations (set 2 of 3) - Provide course set of teaching evaluations if they are available to share.
  • Teaching Evaluations (set 3 of 3) - Provide course set of teaching evaluations if they are available to share.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three professional references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters** from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references or dossier service will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (e.g., dossier service, career center, etc.), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)


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