The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications a full-time academic manager in physics, beginning in 2019. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal. Amherst College is coeducational and one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, sexuality and gender identity, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate for the academic manager position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field and have demonstrable experience with, and interest in, laboratory instruction. In addition, the candidate must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage and supervise student teaching assistants. The academic manager will assume a wide range of responsibilities, including working with faculty members who teach introductory courses to design the laboratory part of the curriculum of these courses; organizing and running discussion sections of introductory courses; supervising the technical staff in maintaining and procuring the needed equipment; organizing and supervising laboratory teaching assistants; evaluating the work of students in the laboratory in collaboration with faculty members; creating and editing the appropriate documentation for students to use in their laboratory work; helping design and implement pedagogical strategies in all physics instructional labs; attending professional conferences where laboratory instruction in physics is a topic of discussion; and keeping abreast of the pedagogical literature on such instruction.
Applicants are asked to submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/57971 a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; statement on their experience in teaching a diverse student body, and their motivation and interest in doing so; and the contact information for three confidential references. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Kannan Jagannathan, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at email@example.com. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
About Amherst College
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!