Overview

A tenure-track faculty position is available in the Department of Physics at Truman State University, a top-ranked public liberal arts and sciences university. The successful candidate will be able to teach the full spectrum of undergraduate introductory and advanced physics courses. The particular area of research is flexible, but the successful candidate will be expected to provide high-quality research experiences involving undergraduates. Service to the department, school and university are expected. This assignment will begin in August of 2018. This position requires a Ph.D. (completed by August 13, 2018) in physics, astronomy, or a related field.

Applicants will be evaluated on academic qualifications; support for the liberal arts and sciences mission of the University; teaching philosophy and experience; evidence of teaching effectiveness or evidence of potential teaching effectiveness in teaching Physics courses; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; research interests and research plans with the potential for involving undergraduates; and compatibility with the department’s needs. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Program: The Department of Physics is part of the School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University. The Department is a vibrant community consisting of 7 faculty members and approximately 70 undergraduate majors. There are active student communities organized around the Society of Physics Students, Women in Physics, and Stargazers groups. We also have a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma. The department is housed in Magruder Hall and has several physics educational and research laboratories. The Truman State Observatory is located at a semi-rural location on the University farm, about 2 miles southwest of the main campus. It houses a 14-inch Meade telescope and a 17-inch Planewave telescope used for research, education, and outreach.

The physics department offers BS and BA degrees in Physics, and minors in Physics and Astronomy. The Department also offers a pre-engineering program including a dual-degree option. Beyond our major’s curriculum, the discipline offers courses in Truman’s Liberal Studies Program (LSP); opportunities for faculty members to pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research occur both within the School and as part of the LSP. For more information about the Physics Department, please visit physics.truman.edu.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent of Truman students engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college. The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forrest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Completed applications must include a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a statement of research interests and goals, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicant must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Ian Lindevald, Physics Department Chair, lindy@truman.edu.