Adjunct Faculty, Physics

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Position summary:

Washington State University Vancouver is seeking an applicant for the position of Adjunct Faculty to teach undergraduate algebra/trigonometry-based and/or calculus-based physics courses during the 2018-2019 academic year. The fall semester starts on August 20th and ends December 7th. Content development is not required. Instructor will have access to existing course materials. Course descriptions for fall 2018 courses are as follows:

Course descriptions:

Physics 101: 101 [PSCI] General Physics 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 107 or 108 with a grade of C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score 75%, or passing MATH 140, 171, 202, or 206. Algebra/trigonometry-based physics; topics in mechanics, wave phenomena, temperature, and heat; oriented toward non-physical science majors.

Physics 201: 201 [PSCI] Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 171 with a C or better, MATH 172 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 182 or concurrent enrollment, MATH 273 or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment. Calculus-based physics; topics in motion and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, vibrations, wave phenomena, and the laws of thermodynamics. Credit not granted for more than one of PHYSICS 101, 201, or 205.

Physics 202: 202 [PSCI] Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: PHYSICS 201 with a C or better or PHYSICS 205 with a C or better; MATH 172 with a C or better or MATH 182 with a C or better. Calculus-based physics, topics in electricity, magnetism, electromagnetics, D/C and A/C circuits, optics, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, polarization


Compensation is based on terminal degree and paid on a credit hour basis, with additional money if lab supervision is required. Minimum per lecture credit: $1,497 (MS) or $1,568 (PhD). Minimum per lab contact hour: $898 (MS) or $941 (PhD). Actual compensation will be based on teaching assignment.

Minimum requirements:

Candidates must possess, at least, M.S. in physics or related discipline.

Preferred qualifications:

Ph.D. in physics or related discipline, and experience in teaching undergraduate courses and labs at a college level.

Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student learners and community.

To apply:

Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should send by email:

1) a cover letter discussing training and experience as related to the required and preferred qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for three references, and (4) evaluations of past teaching experience, if available to

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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