Lecturer in Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Towson University
Department Name: 
Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences
Street Line 1: 
8000 York Rd.
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences seeks a full-time lecturer to begin an appointment in the spring 2023 semester. Candidates are expected to have a graduate degree in astronomy, physics, or a related field. The position requires teaching 12 contact hours of coursework weekly. The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in astronomy and related fields and maintain an observatory with a 16-inch telescope and associated instrumentation, primarily for use in teaching and outreach.

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences: The PAGS department (http://www.towson.edu/pags) has 26 full-time faculty, and comprises four related disciplines: physics, astronomy, geosciences and science education. Two hallmarks of the department are meaningful undergraduate research and an active embrace of the teacher-scholar model. Towson University is unique in that it is one of the few academic institutions nationwide to house a significant number of science education faculty in its content departments.

Towson University: Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Procedure: Electronic applications are required. Apply by submitting a cover letter, a summary of your teaching philosophy, your curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. In your cover letter, please highlight your teaching experience and observatory expertise, and the earliest date you could begin a position in 2023.

Application materials and inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary online applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application  from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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