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Adjunct Instructor, Physics
College of Arts & Sciences
Part time
No benefits offered

The University of Portland invites applications for an adjunct instructor to teach introductory laboratories for the Physics Department for the Fall 2020 semester, which begins August 2020. The laboratories meet three times per week on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. A variety of time options may be available for fall term and adjunct faculty may teach up to three laboratory sections per semester.

Please visit the Department of Physics website for information about the department: http://college.up.edu/physics

This position has no benefits (other than benefits consistent with Oregon requirements).

This position was posted as of February 25, 2020 and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Specific Duties:

Responsibilities include being present for the 55-minute lab each scheduled day, engaging with students and trouble shooting problems with the laboratory, and grading a weekly prelab and quiz in a timely manner. Adjunct instructors are hired on a per semester basis, and teach assigned physics courses, not to exceed 12 credit hours across the University in an academic year.

General Duties:

- Teach courses using evidence-based instructional practices.

- Adhere to syllabus requirements.

- Conduct regular student assessments and provide timely graded feedback; including homework, quizzes, and exams.

- Online homework system use may be required.

- Be available in person for regular student meetings (office hours).

- Conduct oneself in a professional manner, including maintaining a respectful classroom environment and collegial interactions

Education & Experience

- M.S. Degree (or higher) in physics or related field

- Teaching or instructional experience

Application Process

To apply, please submit your cover letter, curriculum vita, graduate transcript(s) (unofficial are acceptable), and contact information for three professional references. 


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, References, Transcripts

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For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


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