The Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applicants for a tenure-track position starting late August 2021. Candidates at both the Assistant Professor and Associate Professor level will be considered. The faculty member will serve as a role model and be a leader in helping to further increase and retain TCNJ's growing number of women physics majors. TCNJ was awarded a prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Professorship by the Henry Luce Foundation. This award may be used to support this position. The Clare Boothe Luce professorship provides exceptional support for career development in teaching and research, including a combination of summer salary, funding for summer research students, travel funding, and discretionary funding. For more information on the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship, please see https://www.hluce.org/programs/clare-boothe-luce-program/.
TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our community and to supporting a healthy work-life balance for our faculty of teacher-scholars. TCNJ has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on its honor roll of "Great Colleges to Work For."
TCNJ is the proud recipient of an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which supports our work to provide access and foster success for all students studying science and math, especially those traditionally underserved by STEM and higher education. TCNJ has also been a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, which has worked to support the careers of women faculty members in STEM disciplines by developing systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women.
We seek a broadly trained physicist who has the potential to establish a highly visible undergraduate research program and who will be passionate about teaching physics at every level of the curriculum in a primarily undergraduate, residential, liberal arts-centered institution. The successful candidate's training should qualify them to teach physics courses in the core curriculum and develop innovative, upper-level courses that complement and diversify the department's offerings. Teaching responsibilities will also include rotation through introductory-level physics (usually calculus-based) and associated labs. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and pedagogy will connect and integrate physics with other disciplines and who have the potential to collaboratively contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly efforts within the School of Science and at TCNJ.
Teaching and research are mutually supportive activities at TCNJ. Candidates should be strongly committed to the teacher-scholar model, to maintaining both high-quality teaching and an active and productive research program involving highly motivated undergraduates, and to seeking external funding consistent with this mission. Our expectation is that a substantial portion of the new faculty member's research will be performed on campus and will involve undergraduates. Faculty members also serve as academic advisors and have service responsibilities within the Department, School, and College. A dedicated research laboratory and competitive start-up funds will be provided.
We welcome candidates in all areas of research specialization, especially those that complement and diversify the department's existing strengths. We have special interest in candidates who work in one of the following areas of physics: (a) high-energy/particle; (b) nuclear; (c) atomic, molecular, and optical; or (d) condensed matter. An earned doctorate in physics, or a closely related field, is required. Although post-doctoral experience is preferred, other backgrounds will be considered; ABDs will be considered only if the degree will be completed prior to the start date.
1. Compile and submit a single PDF file containing the following items:
● Letter of application stating specific interest in the position
● Curriculum vitae
● Statement of teaching philosophy (3 pages maximum)
● Description of future research goals and plans, including the role of undergraduates (3 pages maximum)
● Statement of commitment to equity, inclusivity, and diversity that addresses how the candidate will support, mentor, and help to retain women physics students at TCNJ (3 pages maximum)
● Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
● Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who will be asked to submit confidential recommendation letters, at least one commenting on teaching effectiveness.
2. Submit representative reprints of published research papers (no more than three, and preferably as PDFs).
Applications are due by October 30, 2020. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the deadline. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.
About the Physics Department
The Physics Department is housed in a recently renovated STEM complex that offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation, including new research-grade SEM and AFM facilities, a new high-performance scientific computing cluster, a new 0.7 m telescope, and a 48-seat planetarium. The Physics Department currently has ten full-time, tenure-line faculty members (30% of whom are women), and approximately 100 majors (36% of whom are women). TCNJ's Department of Physics is consistently ranked by the American Institute of Physics and the Physics Teacher Education Coalition as a national leader in the graduation of both physics majors and of high school physics teachers. In 2019, the Physics Department hosted the American Physical Society's Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) for the Mid-Atlantic states (.
Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective, public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our 7,000 full-time undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research.
TCNJ was awarded the inaugural "Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment" from the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2016. In part because of TCNJ's intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula and institutional culture, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter-an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools-Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit .
To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The Physics Department strongly encourages applications from diverse, intersectional populations and cultures including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status. We also encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of professional and personal paths. Each candidate is invited to discuss their unique pathway in their application materials.
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About The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey, founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs. TCNJ's exceptional students, teacher-scholars, staff, alumni, and board members constitute a diverse community of learners, The College of New Jersey, founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs. TCNJ's exceptional students, teacher-scholars, staff, alumni, and board members constitute a diverse community of learners, dedicated to free inquiry and open exchange, to excellence in teaching, creativity, scholarship, and citizenship, and to the transformative power of education in a highly competitive institution. The College prepares students to excel in their chosen fields and to create, preserve and transmit knowledge, arts, and wisdom. Proud of its public service mandate to educate leaders of New Jersey and the nation, the College will be a national exemplar in the education of those who seek to sustain and advance the communities in which they live.