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Adjunct of Physics & Astronomy

at St Edward's University

Posted: 1/28/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 938521
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online, temporary

Job Description

  • Science
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Part Time

School of Natural Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Adjunct Position

St. Edward's University invites applications for one adjunct position to teach one or potentially more physics and/or astronomy courses. The School of Natural Sciences routinely hires adjunct faculty to fill curricular needs on a part-time basis and maintains a pool of candidates for temporary part-time positions as the need arises. This position is continuously open and qualified persons will be selected to teach undergraduate courses as the need arises. Appointments are generally made on a semester-by-semester basis. Positions are renewable, contingent upon need and performance.



Responsibilities will include teaching one (likely PHYS 1305 and PHYS 2321) or possibly more of the following classes:

  • PHYS 1305 Physics for Future Presidents: This course meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:00 am 12:15 pm. It is an introductory physics course for non-science majors. The content follows Richard Muller's Physics for Future Presidents text and provides the relevant physics results that can inform policy implications on societal issues. It is project-based.
  • PHYS 2321 Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics: This course meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 9:15 am. The topics include electric forces and fields; electrical energy and capacitance; current and resistance; direct current circuits; magnetism; induced voltages and inductance; alternating current circuits and electromagnetic waves; reflection and refraction of light; mirrors and lenses; wave optics; quantum physics; nuclear physics and energy.
  • PHYS 2426 University Physics II: University Physics II is calculus-based covering electricity and magnetism. The teaching format is team-based and project-based.
  • ASTR 1311 Astronomy: This course meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 6:15 pm and covers the ranges of topics typical in an introductory astronomy course.
  • ASTR 1111 Astronomy Lab: There are two sections of the lab, one on Tuesday from 6:30 9:20 pm and the other at the same time on Thursday. This is the required lab section associated with the lab.


  • Ph. D. or Master's degree in, physics, or a related discipline.
  • Graduate level coursework of at least 18 hours in physics and/or astronomy is required. Courses on the transcript must be identified as physics and/or astronomy courses.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.
  • Successful candidate must complete an employment and/or criminal background check.

Institutional Information
Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of approximately 5,330 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community appreciates faculty and students from all backgrounds, as engagement with various perspectives prepares our students to be involved and equipped for life in a global society. The community atmosphere extends to the nearly 1000 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students. It is an exciting time to be part of the St. Edward's community, as the university pursues an ambitious plan to be recognized as one of the best small universities in the country.

Application Process
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should send an application letter, vita, contact information for at least three references and graduate transcripts in electronic format and apply online link provided.

St. Edward's University embraces excellence through diversity and especially encourages applications from under represented groups. St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers.

Reference #: J18141
Posted: 11/16/2018
Available: Spring 2019