Term Assistant Professor of Physics

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Classification:Term Assistant Professor (A9)
Grade:UAFT Grade 10
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:Matanuska Susitna College
Location: Palmer
Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

MSC seeks to hire a full time term faculty member to teach physics 100 and 200 level physics courses.


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“Opportunities start here” is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College); it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals.

Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) is seeking a term Assistant Professor of Physics. This is a bipartite (no research requirement) position. The successful candidate will be available to start August 2018 and will teach introductory physics classes and labs. Applicants must be available to teach the courses face-to-face on the campus of Mat-Su College. 

Mat-Su College is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The campus is located on 951 acres in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the fastest growing region of Alaska.  We serve as a major higher education hub for the communities of Wasilla and Palmer.  Our student-friendly campus offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, including paramedic classrooms with a fully equipped ambulance bay, updated science labs, and a new 520-seat performing arts theater, the first in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The campus has an annual operating budget of nearly $11,000,000 and employs nearly one hundred full-time faculty and staff and more than one hundred adjunct instructors to serve approximately 2,000 students each semester.

Join us and help turn student aspirations into reality!


Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts and theories to a diverse student population

Ability to prepare students to progress to advanced levels of science education

Ability to encourage students to be active partners in the teaching/learning processes

Ability to incorporate technology in a classroom setting to support student learning

Ability to provide a safe learning environment in the classroom and in the laboratory

Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

Commitment to student success

Ability to construct effective learning activities for students

Ability to foster collegiality and work collaboratively within a diverse environment.


Candidates will be evaluated on suitability of their graduate-level academic coursework and preparation, past teaching experiences, expertise and experience relevant to the effective teaching of their specific field, and potential for providing high-quality instruction to undergraduate students in assigned courses at Mat-Su College.

Required Experience:

Evidence of successful teaching experience in Physics or closely related field. College-level teaching experience required.

Typical Education and Training

Ph.D. in physics or closely related field required. ABD’s (All But Defense) candidates will be considered but must have successfully completed their PhD by March 2018. 


Teach 100- and 200-level physics courses and labs to undergraduate college students following the approved UAA course content guide

Prepare syllabus consistent with approved UAA course content guide;
Prepare instruction appropriate to student learning outcomes and class delivery mode, e.g. face-to-face, blended, on-line;
Evaluate student learning;
Provide timely feedback to students on their learning;
Respond to student questions about the class in a timely manner;
Submit final grades on-time.

Hold regular office hours appropriate for the courses being taught

Engage in University, professional and/or community service

Workload will normally consist of: 80% teaching (12 credits per semester) and 20% service to the university, community, and discipline


Interested applicants must submit: a cover letter, CV or resume, three professional references with contact information, unofficial transcripts, a sample syllabus for an introductory (100 level) physics course, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Only complete applications will be reviewed.  If you are unable to attach any documents please send to Suzan Labby at sklabby@alaska.edu

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2017.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Receipt of official transcripts is a condition of employment. Applicants with Ph.Ds. from non-US higher education institutions must provide degree equivalency documentation prior to being hired (see http://www.wes.org/ for credential evaluation services).

Successful applicant must be authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States.  Mat-Su College will not be sponsoring any visas for this term position.

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