The Physics Department at Berea College invites applications for a visiting assistant professor, beginning in August 2019. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years upon satisfactory performance. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, geophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment. We seek candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts context and who are familiar with evidence-based, student-centered teaching. Candidates with a background in planetary science and/or geophysics are particularly encouraged to apply, although all subfields of physics will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in introductory physics, contribute to our new geology/planetary science program, and support the General Education curriculum. The department is seeking an individual with experience working within a community of diverse students and colleagues. Successful candidates will, by their teaching, research, or service, demonstrate that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. Although this is primarily a teaching position, there is opportunity for conducting summer research with students through Berea's Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of scholarly interest, academic transcripts, current CV, three letters of recommendation, and a complete Berea College application form found at http://www.berea.edu/FacApp to PhysicsSearch2018@berea.edu.
Review of applications will begin November 15 and continue until the position is filled.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600-plus students from more than 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea's students excel in the College's supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016, 2017, and 2018, the magazine ranked it number 1.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.