The Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics at Tarleton State University, in Stephenville, Texas, invites applications for a joint Instructor of Physics and Planetarium Manager position to start Spring 2019. The successful candidate will support the physics program through engaging, student-centered teaching, and actively contribute to service and outreach initiatives that advance the department, college, and university. Candidates will be expected to instruct in introductory physics courses, as well as be capable of managing Tarleton’s forty-foot dome planetarium. All application submissions must be made electronically through Tarleton’s employment site, https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TARLETON_External/job/Stephenville-TARLETON/Physics-Instructor-Planetarium-Manager_R-016054 .
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer. As a member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton will provide equal opportunity for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity through The Texas A&M System.
Required Qualification: Candidates must hold a Master’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy, Physics Education, or a related field at the time of employment. Must demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching, ability to manage and maintain the planetarium facilities and staff, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to work in a dark environment with limited visibility and work frequently with astronomical telescopes and instruments at night. Physical activity will involve sitting, standing, bending, climbing stairs and walking, 20/20 corrected eyesight, and occasional lifting of moderate loads (50 lbs). Significant work with telephone, computers and other planetarium and astronomy related electronic and media devices is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Ability to teach additional courses from wider background is preferred, but not essential. Prior experience managing or using planetarium equipment would be considered ideal.