Visiting Assistant Professor — Computer Science and Mathematics or Physics & Astronomy
October 17, 2018
Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, two year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning in the Fall 2019. The College seeks an individual who can contribute to the curricula of both Earlham's Computer Science department and either the Mathematics or Physics & Astronomy departments. The College's goal is to find a person who is passionate about teaching bright and motivated undergraduates in lecture, seminar, laboratory and research venues at a selective liberal arts college.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
The successful candidate will have a teaching load of three courses per semester (or the equivalent thereof), and will teach in Computer Science and either Mathematics or Physics & Astronomy. Given the shared nature of this position and the flexibility of our current faculty, the candidate will have the opportunity to choose from a range of courses in consultation with the appropriate departments. These could include introductory courses and labs, as well as advanced courses and seminars in the candidate’s area of interest.
Departmental & Institutional Information
Each of the three departments is a small, dynamic group. Together, the departments comprise 11 full-time teaching faculty members. Typical class sizes are small, with upper-level courses usually ranging in size from 7 to 25 students. They have technical support personnel, administrative support, and a wide range of research programs. Earlham's research facilities include local cluster computing resources, a teaching observatory, a natural history museum with a planetarium, and dedicated research laboratory space.
In addition to traditional research, Earlham students and faculty gain practical experience in its “Applied Groups” working in such domains as system administration and energy monitoring. The College's teaching and research facilities are housed in the Center for Science and Technology, designed specifically for science and mathematics education and research. College support, including conference travel funding, summer research funds, faculty development funds, and assistance with applications for external grants, may be available to successful candidates who wish to engage in scholarly activities.
Experience & Qualifications
Preference will go to applicants who have completed (or are nearing completion of) a Ph.D. in one of the three fields (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics) or in a closely related field. Earlham holds excellence in teaching as its most important criterion; therefore applications should demonstrate a strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates with experience in laboratories and/or with computer hardware are especially encouraged to apply, although all specializations will be considered. Due to the short duration of this position, Earlham is unable to provide work authorization sponsorship.
Candidates should send applications as a single PDF including:
- A cover letter that addresses your interests, qualifications and experience;
- A curriculum vitae;
- A statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
- A 300-500 word statement that describes your ability to contribute to the advancement of Earlham’s goal of being a diverse and inclusive institution;
- A research statement; and
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable).
Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately as PDFs.
Materials should be sent to:
Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy Departments
Review of applications will begin December 31, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
Please direct questions to:
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).