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Open Positions in Physics and Astronomy

Instructor of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the College of Charleston invites applications for an instructor position to begin in fall 2018. The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field and have a passion for teaching undergraduate astronomy and physics courses at all levels. The teaching load is 12 contact hours per week, through a combination of lectures and labs.   Factors such as outreach experience (K-12 and public), hands-on astronomical observation skills, prior undergraduate teaching experience and post-doctoral experience are desirable. This position is non-tenure track, but eligible for review in the sixth year for potential promotion to Senior Instructor, and if successful, eligible for review for renewal every seventh year.

The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences college with approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students. The department currently has 17 faculty members and offers degrees in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, and meteorology.

Qualified applicants should submit

  1. a cover letter,
  2. complete curriculum vitae,
  3. a statement describing their teaching experience and philosophy,
  4. Plans for professional development (e.g., research in pedagogy, studies within and outside your specialties, etc.) and
  5. the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, electronically through our online application system at

Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jeff Wragg, at Review of applications will begin December 17, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.