Faculty, Assistant Professor, Astronomy/Physics - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States


Detailed Job Description

Teaches 12 credit hours in each of the Fall and Spring semesters. Engages in appropriate instructional methods and classroom management, including adequate lecture and exam preparation, grading, online record keeping and other standard practices. Participates in teacher improvement activities and learning outcome assessment. Develops a research program utilizing undergraduate students. Mentors students in research projects. Seeks funding for research and student projects. Mentors students collectively through participation in academically relevant activities such as club sponsorship, colloquia, exam preparation sessions, and so forth. Fulfill committee and other department duties as requested and assigned by department chair, college dean and other appropriate university officials.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with terminal, earned degree appropriate to discipline. ABD accepted. Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content. Evidence of potential for scholarly/creative work consistent with a teaching university. See preferred qualifications for discipline or program-specific minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics.
Preference for applicants with research interests in observational astronomy, brown dwarfs, star formation, stellar populations, galaxy evolution, or observational cosmology.


Expertise in astronomy and astronomical research methods.
Expertise in modern physics and mathematical techniques.
Expertise in computer methods of analysis.
Familiarity with current best practices in teaching methods.


Excellence in technical communication skills including both written and oral communication.
Excellence in teaching, including pedagogical skills and methods associated with dynamic, engaged teachers.
Analytic skills in physics, mathematics, and all facets of astronomical research.


Ability to use modern astronomical analysis software and instrumentation as required by the applicant’s research goals.
Ability to interact effectively with a broad range of students and academic situations with patience and kindness.
Ability to maintain high ethical standards in behavior and relationships with students and colleagues.
Ability to teach effectively with rigor and discipline.
Ability to act as an ambassador to the community.

Pay Range


Special Instructions to Applicants

-Attachment for Teaching Philosophy Statement of Teaching Experience and Philosophy, and a Statement of Future Research Goals.

- Application requires 3 references with contact information. References will be contacted during the screening and selection process.

For other questions, contact Joseph Jensen at jjensen@uvu.edu.

Keyword Phrases

  • Physics
  • Faculty, Assistant Professor, Astronomy/Physics
  • student centered teaching organization
  • building communities of engaged learners
  • beautiful mountain location
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Not Specified
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter