Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University is seeking applicants who enjoy working in a dynamic environment and value teamwork and collaboration, are dependable, take initiative, solve problems effectively, communicate clearly, and support organizational change.
The Department of Geology and Astronomy invites applications for a part-time temporary instructor in astronomy beginning January 2012. The successful candidate will teach ESS 111, General Astronomy, an introductory-level course with large lecture and small lab sections for non-science majors. Depending on expertise, the successful candidate may also teach ESS 362/562, a course for astronomy minors, graduate students (primarily secondary earth-space science teachers), science and non-science majors.
Minimum requirements include a doctorate in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a closely-related field (ABD candidates will be considered), and the demonstration of effective communication and teaching skills. Applicants must successfully complete an on-campus interview to be considered as a finalist. Desired qualifications include previous experience effectively teaching astronomy and/or astronomy labs, particularly at the introductory level. Ability to effectively teach ESS 362/562, History of Astronomy is desired but not required.
The workload for spring 2013 will be either half-time (six faculty contact hours) or three-quarters time (nine faculty contact hours), depending on the ability to teach ESS 362/562. The possibility exists to extend the temporary appointment for additional teaching during summer or fall 2013.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references via email to Dr. LeeAnn Srogi, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geology and Astronomy, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383, email@example.com. Review of applications will begin 15 December 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Academic transcripts will be required for candidates invited to interview.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.