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Faculty -Tenure Track - Physics
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Nov. 15, 2022
Title Faculty -Tenure Track - Physics
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department Physics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Faculty -Tenure Track - Physics

Position Category: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)

The Utah Valley University (UVU) Physics Department ( invites applications for a tenure-track position in physics beginning in August 2023. UVU is a large four-year public teaching-oriented university that offers a bachelor's degree in physics. UVU is a dynamic, evolving institution located in the Orem-Provo area 40 miles south of Salt Lake City at the base of the beautiful Wasatch mountains in Utah. Physics faculty members at UVU are committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to teach several classes in the undergraduate physics curriculum (typically a few introductory-level classes and one or two upper-division courses) and who can involve students in mentored research projects. Candidates with relevant teaching experience and expertise in any field of physics will be considered. A PhD is required, and post-doctoral research or undergraduate teaching experience is preferred. The teaching load at UVU is 12 credit hours per semester (typically 3 or 4 classes). Modest amounts of internal funding are available to support mentoring students in research projects. While collaboration with existing faculty is encouraged, it is not required for this position. Any area of physics where students can meaningfully engage in research is welcome. Please visit to apply online. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching background and research interests, and contact information for three references. Inquiries may be directed to Joseph Jensen, Physics Dept. Chair,, 801-863-8666. Applications received by 30 Dec. 2022 will receive first consideration.

The Physics Department currently has 16 full-time faculty with research interests in acoustics, astrophysics, atmospheric physics, biophysics, medical physics, nanotechnology, particle physics, plasma physics, optics, solid-state physics, and physics education. UVU is a growing comprehensive state university with over 40,000 students and a mantra that "there is a place for everyone" here. In our effort to provide exceptional care to our students, physics faculty focus on developing engaging classes and strongly supporting undergraduate research. From our student clubs to faculty professional development resources, UVU demonstrates a heartfelt commitment to inclusivity and diversity among its students and employees. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds who are eager to help construct and maintain a culture of inclusion in physics, and who act with a resolute commitment to eliminate barriers to college access, success, and completion. UVU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, with a strong commitment to diversity.

**UVU will transfer to a new Applicant Tracking System (ATS) on or around Nov. 14, 2022. You may submit application materials before or after this date, but you will use a different user account depending on when you submit your application. You should submit all your application materials together at the same time, either before or after the transition. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition."
UVU offers an excellent benefits package that includes a generous leave policy, 13 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents, and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Required Qualifications:
A PhD in physics or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.
Qualified to teach a variety of classes in the undergraduate physics curriculum.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The new physics faculty member will have:
A good understanding of the fundamentals of physics, mathematics, and computational methods at a level sufficient to teach introductory physics courses and one or two upper division courses such as classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, optics, quantum physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, computational physics, etc.
Knowledge specific to a particular research discipline in physics sufficient to mentor undergraduate research projects and to create new opportunities for students in that field of research.
Ability to use research-validated pedagogical best practices in teaching physics and the ability to explain complex physical principles at a variety of levels, depending on the audience.
Social skills to communicate with and treat all students and university personnel with respect and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with successful research programs that can include undergraduate students or candidates with experience mentoring undergraduate research will be given highest consideration.
Additional preference will be given to those with experience developing and implementing online or hybrid courses and undergraduate laboratories.

Physical Requirements:
General classroom and office environment including sitting, standing, walking, speaking, hearing, and fine hand manipulation.

Benefits Summary:
UVU offers an excellent benefits package that includes a generous leave policy, 13 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents, and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: FAC43222
Open Date: 10/24/2022
Review Start Date: 12/30/2022
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply on or before the "Review Start Date." This job advertisement may close at any time after the review date.
Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

For Other Document #1 we would like the following:

    1. Description of teaching experience and personal philosophy about teaching, including how classes can be made welcoming and inclusive for women and under-represented minorities. (2-3 pages max)

For other Document #2 we would like the following:

  1. Description of research interests, accomplishments, goals, and potential for including undergraduate students at UVU. (3-5 pages max)

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