The Assistant Professor is a member of the ranked faculty with an intermediate academic rank who has demonstrated achievement in the areas of teaching, research, and professional service appropriate to the discipline. The Assistant Professor’s teaching responsibilities are assigned by the academic department head and may include serving as an academic advisor. The Assistant Professor engages in scholarly activities beyond those associated with teaching and is expected to demonstrate professional productivity in research, based upon the availability of resources and consistent with the mission of the University.
Description of Primary Duties
Duties would include teaching undergraduate astronomy and physics courses; maintaining an externally funded research program, involving undergraduate students; and appropriate service, including participation in outreach and recruiting events. Missouri State University maintains Baker Observatory which has 16 and 20 inch optical telescopes for research and/or student training. It is expected that the successful candidate would make use of Baker Observatory.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications
The minimum acceptable qualifications for the position of Assistant Professor are prescribed in the Faculty Handbook. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
A Ph.D. in astrophysics, or a closely related field, is required.
Link to Job Description
A cover letter outlining qualifications for the position
Teaching Statement which must include a statement describing efforts (past, present, or future) to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging
Research Plan which should include a description of proposed research which includes a paragraph specifically stating how the candidate would make use of Baker Observatory (for research and/or student training and/or outreach) and potential funding sources.
Contacts for 3 references
For additional information about the department, please visit our website at http://physics.missouristate.edu
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