University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Physics

Position ID:UCSC-Department of Physics-PAATPP [#26829]
Position Title: Physics: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Physics (initial review Jan. 5, 2024)
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2023/12/08)
Position Description:    

Physics: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Physics (initial review Jan. 5, 2024)

Position overview
Position title: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Physics
Salary range: The proposed academic-year (9-month) salary range for the Assistant Teaching Professor is $101,400 - $110,600, and for the Associate Teaching Professor is $110,600 - $123,800. A salary within this range will be offered to the successful candidate, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointee will be able to receive additional compensation during summer months using research funds, subject to campus policies. A 9-month salary higher than $123,800 can only be offered subject to exceptional approval by the Campus Provost / Executive Vice-Chancellor, and only in cases where a candidate has a competing offer in hand for a (9-month) salary that exceeds $123,800. A start-up package will be provided; we encourage negotiations on the start-up package during the offer process.

Percent time: Full-time, 100%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment effective July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: November 6, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Jan 5, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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, at either the Assistant or Associate level. UCSC is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, and educational opportunity. UCSC enrolls over 19,000 students, many from historically underserved communities; 34% are first-generation and 36% are Pell recipients. UCSC is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The expansion of diversity and inclusion and support of groups traditionally underserved in STEM are high priorities for the department and the campus.

The primary qualifications for this position are:
(i) knowledge of, successful experience with, and future plans for effective instructional practices, and
(ii) knowledge of, experience working to, and future plans for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and/or service.

Among candidates who excel in these criteria, the following will additionally be strongly considered: evidence or interest in working cooperatively with other faculty in pedagogical and curricular innovation; history of and intent to continue contributing to impactful, peer-reviewed works in either physics pedagogy or physics research; experience with and likelihood of mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students in research projects and supporting them outside of the classroom; and history of active participation in departmental, divisional, university, or outside service.

The initial teaching focus will be on undergraduate introductory courses for non-physics science majors, but there will be longer-term teaching opportunities across the curriculum. The successful candidate will teach an equivalent of six courses per year (quarter system), which may include some level of introductory lab management.

UCSC is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

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. At the campus level, the Teaching and Learning Center provides leadership and community for innovative, inclusive, and equity-minded teaching. The successful candidate will join departmental teams enhancing the undergraduate curriculum, and, as a member of the Academic Senate, will serve as a member of 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 Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the UC and UCSC Academic Senates, and it has the formal 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 UC and UCSC Academic Senates, and they have the formal payroll titles of “Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE)” and “Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLSOE)” respectively. LSOE and SLSOE are analogous to tenure.

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.)

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Reference requirements

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. A minimum of three are required and a maximum of three will be reviewed, but applicants are encouraged to include 1-2 additional references to be contacted if timely letters are not received from the three primary references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of only those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please 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 (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at
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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

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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

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