Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics

University of Washington School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics

Position Overview

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites applicants for one full-time non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor in Physics position in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics (SAM) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS).  This is a full-time renewable teaching position with an appointment term of one to five years and a nine-month service period beginning September 16, 2021.  All University of Washington Teaching Professor-rank faculty engage in teaching, student mentorship, and service, but have no research expectations.  This position includes faculty voting rights but is not tenure-eligible.

Physics at UW Tacoma serves a number of majors, including the B.S. in Biomedical Science, B.S. programs in Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Engineering, and the B.S. in Environmental Science. First-generation students from diverse backgrounds make up a substantial percentage of the students in these programs.

The successful candidate will become an integral member of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty and staff in SIAS and SAM who are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, service learning, and community engagement at an urban-serving campus. Faculty in this position will also work closely with faculty, staff, and students in the School of Engineering and Technology (SET).

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its core. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has an urban serving mission, with access as a central value. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:

Compensation is competitive with comparable positions and includes health insurance and retirement benefits.

This position will be expected to:

  • Teach the calculusbased lower-division physics curriculum, including labs.
  • Engage with culturally diverse populations.
  • Integrate effective, equitable, inclusive, and evidencebased pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching and learning.
  • Mentor new majors in the sciences.
  • Collaborate with other faculty to update physics curriculum in response to the needs of our students, many of whom are from backgrounds historically excluded from the sciences.
  • Support the division, school, and institution through service.

We expect there to also be opportunities to develop other curriculum in UW Tacoma’s science and engineering majors.


The position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in physics, physics education, engineering, or a related field, and experience teaching as an instructor and/or as a teaching assistant at the university or college level. Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to experience teaching calculus-based introductory physics at the college level and experience teaching diverse populations.


Submit the following application materials through Interfolio, to be received by March 1, 2021. For further information, contact Dr. Peter Selkin at

  1. A letter detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your qualifications and experience match the position’s description and the mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and UW Tacoma.
  2. A diversity statement (two page maximum) detailing how you will engage with students in our multicultural classrooms and how your additional service, community engagement, and/or scholarly engagement supports the success of students from various racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds.  Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
  3. Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of courses you have taught and your role (e.g. primary instructor versus teaching assistant).
  4. A teaching philosophy statement describing your approach to course planning, preparation, assessment, and measuring effectiveness (two page maximum).
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness [such as peer reviews, sample syllabi or course materials, and/or a contextualized summary of course evaluations].
  6. Contact information for at least three references who can address your teaching.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation e-mail. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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