Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Date of appointment: August 21, 2018


fixed term non-probationary
Examples of courses that may need to be taught include ASTR105 (Astrobiology), ASTR106 (Concepts of the Solar System), ASTR120 (Archaeoastronomy (Diversity), ASTR323 (junior-level observational astronomy, with lab), ASTR427 (senior-level galaxies and cosmology), and PHYS103 (first-year physics tutorial).

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses with laboratories at all levels in the academic unit, teach advanced courses in observational and theoretical astronomy, advise students, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in continual development of curriculum and assessment activities.
The ideal candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitment to our mission and values, especially our commitment to educating our racially and socio-economically diverse student population. Applicants will be expected to establish and maintain a professional goal to become outstanding teachers through the use of research based, best practices pedagogy. They should be willing to participate in teaching using alternative delivery methods such as online and hybrid. They will regularly engage in ongoing professional development and innovation opportunities focused on pedagogical growth offered within the College and at SCSU.
The Physics and Astronomy Department serves ~225 students per year with six tenured faculty members and two term positions in about 20 different Physics courses and 6 different Astronomy courses. More information is available at https://www.stcloudstate.edu/physics/
Qualifications and experience:


  • A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy (or ABD with degree completion by August 1, 2018)
  • Evidence of ability to teach physics and astronomy effectively at all levels including laboratory courses.
  • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively.
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.


  • Research and/or teaching experience beyond the Ph.D.

Application Procedures:

To apply for this position use only the website:

Position is open until filled.

A complete application will include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
  • Copies of official transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/PhD)

Contact Information (for questions, not to apply):
Search Committee Chair – Christopher Kvaal, Ph.D.
Phone: (320) 308-2012
E-mail: cakvaal@stcloudstate.edu
Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at: https://www.ifo.org/contract-benefits/contract/

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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