Chairperson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Ball State University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
2000 W University Avenue
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ball State University invites applications for a tenured, senior faculty position. The occupant will also serve as Department Chairperson for a three-year, renewable term beginning July 1, 2020. The successful candidate will possess a continuing commitment to a well-established research agenda, to effective undergraduate teaching, and to public service.

 As a Department Chair, the candidate will provide leadership for a department with eight full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members. The department’s facilities include the state-of-the-art Charles W. Brown Planetarium, which has more than 20,000 visitors per year and remains a vital contributor to Ball State University’s commitment to community engagement. The successful candidate will have a specialty in either physics or astronomy. Teaching assignments may include introductory courses as well as upper-division courses.

Minimum qualifications:  Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy or terminal degree in appropriate area, from an accredited institution.  Five years of tenure-line faculty teaching and research experience.        

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred qualifications: Three years of academic department, college or university administrative experience; experience as chairperson of an academic department or assistant/associate dean of a college; substantial record of research and publication in own area (s) of specialization; demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Apply online at:  Include the following documents with your application:  curriculum vitae, cover letter addressed to Dr. Richard Fluegeman and Teaching Statement/Portfolio.  The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.   Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through November 8, 2019.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis.  

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Included Benefits: 

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 8, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Richard Fluegeman
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