Colgate University

Physics Lab Instructor and Pedagogy Specialist

Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University has an opening beginning Fall 2021 for a full-time position. The primary responsibility will be teaching introductory physics laboratories for the non-calculus courses: Physics 111 (mechanics) in the fall and Physics 112 (electricity and magnetism) in the spring. For Fall 2021, the 3-hour labs are scheduled for at least three afternoons. In the spring and following semesters, there will be three to four laboratory sections per week, depending on enrollment.

In addition, the position will include other options for working with students and improving pedagogy, particularly organizing our peer-led workshops for the Physics 111-112 sequence. Strong candidates will be able to guide student workshop leaders, tutors, and mentors from across the physics curriculum to develop good pedagogical practices and enable positive interactions between students. The position may also include other activities such as advising students who are interested in teaching careers, developing new lab experiments and pedagogies, assessing teaching effectiveness, and helping to create an inclusive and exciting learning environment for all students at Colgate, including students from groups typically underrepresented in physics and astronomy.

Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2900 students situated in the village of Hamilton, in central New York. The Physics and Astronomy Department is located in the Ho Science Center, housing dedicated laboratories for teaching and research, plus support facilities for building or upgrading laboratory infrastructure. The department has 11 continuing faculty members. For more information see our website.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a document describing previous teaching and student mentoring experience, and two letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Letters should primarily address teaching experience. Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree, while a master’s degree in physics or science education is preferred.

Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. All applications should speak directly to the candidate’s ability to work effectively with colleagues and students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. Applicants with dual career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at

Email inquiries to Enrique Galvez ( are welcome.

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Last updated: 2021-06-17