Three-Year Faculty Position in Physics at Berry College
Berry College is a selective
liberal-arts college with about 2100 students. The College offers graduate
degrees in business and education, but is primarily focused on undergraduate
education in the arts and sciences. Berry is located in scenic Northwest
Georgia on a 26,000 acre campus (the largest college campus in the USA), most
of which is occupied by natural forest. The mission of the College is to
provide students with an education of the head, heart, and hands. Berry
combines a strong academic curriculum with an active student work program in
which the vast majority of students participate. Spiritual exploration is
encouraged through the College's Religion-In-Life Program (though Berry has no
specific religious affiliation).
The Physics Department at Berry
is a joint department with Geology, but the geology faculty are mostly independent.
There are currently three full-time faculty in physics: two tenured and one visitor
whose position will be replaced by a tenure track line next year (we have
already hired for this tenure track position).
The available job is for a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor of
Physics, which will increase the number of physics faculty at Berry to four.
We offer two majors in physics (one designed for
those who wish to pursue graduate study, and another designed for future
secondary teachers and others with an interest in physics but no plans to
pursue graduate work) as well as a minor. In recent years we have graduated 3-6
physics majors per year (approximately 40% female). We have sent several
students to physics graduate programs in recent years. The department is
committed to employing teaching methods based on physics education research.
Current faculty employ active learning strategies such as peer instruction,
guided-inquiry worksheets, inquiry labs, and classroom presentation of homework
to keep students fully engaged during class time. For more information on our
teaching methods, see the Active Learning at
blog. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to learn about active
learning methods from two instructors with many years of experience using these
methods. We offer courses in physics and astronomy that support the College's
General Education curriculum, algebra-based and calculus-based introductory
sequences, and upper-division courses in computational physics, mathematical
methods, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, modern physics, statistical
mechanics, quantum mechanics, and advanced laboratory methods (2
courses). We occasionally offer electives in astrophysics/cosmology or
solid-state physics. The opportunity exists for the successful candidate
to develop new courses at the General Education or advanced level.
The physics program is housed in McAllister Hall, named for Berry's first
physics professor. The facilities for the physics program consist of a central
lounge area with three adjoining faculty offices, research labs for each
faculty member, a student computer room, a workshop room, two teaching labs
(seating up to 24 students each) each with an adjoining prep room, and various
storage spaces. Although the department does not have a lab manager, student
workers typically assist in setting up equipment for the teaching labs. Physics
shares a secretary with the other science departments. In addition, the College
has a small observatory located on the campus.
This is a three-year visiting position
that will begin in August 2014. The successful candidate will be expected to
teach 24 contact hours per academic year, with full credit given for lab
courses. This typically equates to four "lecture" courses and six
labs, spread over two semesters. This position does not have any
requirements for scholarship, but candidates interested in conducting research
with undergraduates will be viewed favorably.
Summer teaching is optional. This
position does not entail any specific service obligations (such as committee
work or advising), but the successful applicant will be expected to assist in
normal departmental activities such as recruitment, curriculum development, and
maintenance of facilities.
Teaching assignments will depend on the strengths and interests of the
successful candidate, but likely courses include: a physics course for
non-science majors with associated lab, algebra-based introductory physics (two
semesters) with associated labs, modern physics, and another upper-level
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