Assistant Teaching Professor, UW Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Washington
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United States of America
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We are seeking to fill a full-time non-tenured Assistant Teaching Professor position in the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington. Note that Assistant Teaching Professor title is a new title at the Univeristy of Washington, which replaces most lecture titles. The anticipated hire date is September 16, 2021 . The service period is 9 months (September 16 - June 15), with opportunities to teach in the summer. The initial appointment will be for 3 years. This position will teach undergraduate in-person and on-line classes, including large introductory classes and smaller upper-level courses for majors. Successful applicants will also be expected to lead educational training and evaluation within the department, which includes both helping to implement best practices throughout the instructional program, and training of Teaching Assistants.  Outside of the classroom, the successful applicant will find ways to support the broader educational mission of our department; opportunities include engaging with UW in the High School, developing and administering planetarium programming, assisting with the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program (Pre-MAP), serving as faculty mentor for student astronomy clubs, and maintaining and enhancing the UW Astronomy Clearinghouse. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to academic strategic planning, management, and administration as required.

Diversity is a core value of the Astronomy Department. The department is therefore dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and inclusive environment. The candidate is expected to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the department, and the University as articulated in the UW Diversity Blueprint and departmental statements, please see:  and http://...


Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, or foreign equivalent, in Astronomy or related field. Applicants must also have experience in training Teaching Assistants (TAs) or their equivalents. A successful candidate will have experience in teaching to a diverse student population. Lastly, applicants must also have experience in independently developing materials for a range of modalities to large classes, including in-person and online classes.

Application Instructions

Materials must be submitted through Interfolio. Please use the following link:

Priority will be given to applicants who submit the following materials by March 5, 2021.

-A cover letter. We encourage candidates to highlight specific examples of past work and achievements.  

-Curriculum vitae

-A teaching statement addressing both current work and future directions, and including a brief description of areas of astronomical expertise. Maximum length 3 pages.

-Three letters of recommendation

-A statement on how their work would contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the department, and the University (as articulated in the UW Diversity Blueprint: Maximum length 1 page.

Please email if you have any questions.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 5, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 5, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Department of Astronomy