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Visiting Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Physics & Astronomy

Bucknell University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy invites interested candidates to apply for two Visiting Assistant Professor positions for the 2018-19 academic year, beginning in August 2018. These positions will be for one year, renewable for a second upon mutual agreement between the department and the VAP. The annual teaching load for a VAP is six courses or their equivalent per year, spread over two semesters. By the start date of the position, candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or be ABD in physics or a related field. Evidence for potential in teaching excellence is important.

For additional information and to apply, please visit Bucknell's career site (careers.bucknell.edu). The application should include a cover letter, C.V., teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications will only be accepted online. Questions about the position should be addressed via email to Professor Michele Thornley at m.thornley@bucknell.edu. The review of applications will begin on March 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Bucknell University is a private, highly selective national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music complement each other. The Department of Physics & Astronomy is a fully undergraduate department with 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and support provided by two technical staff, one lab coordinator, and one administrative assistant. Typically, 10-15 physics majors graduate per year, and we offer a range of introductory courses that are taken by students majoring in all math and science disciplines in the College of Arts & Sciences, all of the students in the College of Engineering, and by students from all majors in a liberal arts environment.

Bucknell University, an EEOC Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community, and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of students. Student life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, and features restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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