Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tenure Track

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Friday, January 13, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids
United States of America
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Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tenure Track


Date: January 11, 2023


Position Title: Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tenure Track


Department: Physical Science


Job ID: 1474


Work Hours/Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)


Compensation: Consistent with (Page #109)


Start Date: Fall 2023


Reports to: Associate Dean, School of STEM


Posting Close Date: February 13, 2023




The College is interested in faculty who: (1) possess an interest in working with diverse student populations who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability; (2) engage in and develop innovative teaching methods; (3) demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, individually and for the College. GRCC has an excellent benefits program and the Faculty Association contract provides opportunities to earn additional compensation.


Essential Job Functions


• Teach all levels of physics lectures and labs with a focus on introductory and algebra-based physics.

• Teach introductory astronomy lectures and labs.

• Develop and teach courses both online and in-person.

• Develop and implement teaching techniques that employ interactive learning, audiovisual, and computer technology.

• Appreciate and incorporate instrumentation into the laboratory classroom.

• Mentor science majors through Independent Study projects.

• Advise students on academic programs and careers related to the STEM fields.

• Engage in professional development and continuous improvement related to the field of physics/astronomy.

• Participate fully as a member of the Physical Sciences Department in activities such as department meetings, committee membership, textbook selection, assessment projects, and other duties as determined by the College.

• Participate in cross-campus teams and committees.

• Participate in course and curriculum development, evaluation, and revision.

• Teach courses at off-site locations as needed.

• Provide leadership through the coordination of teams of adjunct faculty for both lecture and laboratory courses as needed.

• Support students, the Physical Sciences Department and the Community by developing and participating in Academic Service Learning and community service projects.

• Adhere to the standards and requirements expressed in the Faculty Contract.






• A Master's Degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or Astronomy required.

• A Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, or Astronomy preferred.

• A Bachelor's degree is required with a preference for a degree in natural science.


Work Experience


• Experience teaching physics/astronomy at the community college level preferred.

• Experience teaching physics/astronomy at the college or university level required; a minimum of two years full-time or equivalent preferred.

• Experience with the repair and maintenance of common laboratory equipment preferred.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities


• Effective use of data

• Excellent communication and organizational skills.

• Effective interaction with a variety of people.

• Initiative and problem-solving abilities.

• Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.

• Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.

• Experience using multimedia, computers, and demonstrations in lecture and laboratory settings.


Physical Demands


• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands


• An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.

• An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.

• A commitment to serve the Kent County community.

• Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities.

• Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.

• High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.

• Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.

• Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.


Working Conditions


• Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.


• Classroom environment in an academic setting.

• Travel to offsite locations may be required.




Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the


• Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).

• A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).

• Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)

• Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.

• Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.

• Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.

• Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!




Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at In one document submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and three professional reference letters for full consideration. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on February 13, 2023 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.


Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.


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Application Deadline: 
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Selection Deadline: 
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