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Physics Faculty (Teaching Specialist or Lecturer)

Posted: 10/30/2023

The University of Minnesota Rochester ( invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position in physics for its undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). The position is primarily teaching-focused with the expectation of contributing to departmental and institutional service (90% teaching, 10% service), to start in Fall 2024. 

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program
We are seeking a qualified instructor who has significant interest in supporting student learning in a high-contact model inside and outside of the classroom and lab. This faculty member will work collaboratively and creatively with an established faculty team, teaching physics coursework to undergraduate health sciences students. The successful instructor will have experience in implementing active pedagogical strategies and supporting a diverse student body population as 39% of UMR students are students of color and 43% are first generation students. The instructor should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in physics, with the possibility of teaching other courses in the Center for Learning Innovation.

Duties include both collaborative and independent  preparation and  delivery of course content in an interactive learning classroom and lab, grading, holding weekly hours in the Just ASK tutoring center (, supervising undergraduate teaching assistants, facilitating department-wide data collection efforts that coincide with course delivery duties, participating in faculty governance, and other related duties as assigned.

The instructor will join the Center for Learning Innovation (CLI), an innovative, interdisciplinary department.  The CLI coordinates the development and teaching of an integrated, writing-enriched curriculum for a baccalaureate degree in the health sciences. It promotes a learner-centered, undergraduate environment in which ongoing assessment informs pedagogical and curricular choices and is the basis for data-driven research on learning. 

Position requirements: A master’s or doctorate degree in physics or a closely related field and knowledge of physics fundamentals are required for this position. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), a commitment to exemplary teaching, and experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Experience with interdisciplinary teams and knowledge in physics education research-based  innovative instruction and pedagogy is preferred. The successful candidate is also comfortable working independently and within a team. 

Continuing professional development participation is expected from the instructor and there will be opportunities to attend conferences, workshops, on-line tutorials, and to join professional development opportunities, and/or membership in professional organizations.

University of Minnesota Rochester Vision and Core Values: The University of Minnesota Rochester is a health-focused campus entering an exciting second phase of growth, having launched in 2009 and achieved national acclaim. UMR plans to grow to 1,500 students over the next several years. The University of Minnesota Rochester lives by its vision to inspire and empower undergraduates to solve the health challenges of the 21st century. 
UMR core values are embedded in our vision: community, respect, diversity and inclusivity, evidence-based decision making and human potential. In this vibrant context, students are at the center of all we do – including faculty research focused on scholarship of teaching and learning. A point of pride for this vibrant campus community is our achievement of equity in educational attainment, with a diverse student body (>70% underrepresented students). To learn more about UMR, visit

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with the expectation of starting August 2024 (Fall Semester). Applications must be submitted online at Search postings for Job Requisition #358366 for application instructions and links. In addition to the Faculty/Academic Application for Employment form, applicants must attach a (1) curriculum vitae. You may be asked later in the search to provide a (2) description of teaching experience and philosophy, and (3) statement of commitment to diversity with an example of addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom (or other relevant setting). Annual salary will be no less than $50,000. For more information, e-mail 

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment

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