Assistant Professor, Physics

University of the Fraser Valley

Job Summary:
The Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies invites applications for an Assistant Professor, Physics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses in Physics (including some ENPH courses ) from 1st year to 4th year. This position begins August of 2023.

The Physics Department at UFV currently offers Physics Honours, Major, and Minor programs within the BSc. The department also offers a 1st year Engineering Transfer program and a diploma program in Engineering Physics (specialising in Mechatronics), as well as a few service courses (such as algebra based physics, and astronomy) to other program students.

We seek applicants who share our passion for, and commitment to, excellence in undergraduate teaching in a student-centered environment; who are able to integrate their scholarship into their teaching; and who are experienced in the delivery of high-quality service in communities of practice, particularly in the Physics and/or Engineering disciplines. The candidate must be able to interact effectively with other areas, programs, departments, and external partners, such as Math & Statistics, Natureal Sciences, Computing Science, Technology, and the Skilled Trades.

As a teaching-oriented institution and department, we are seeking a collegial, energetic and innovative individual who has successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level and who communicates effectively with students both in and out of the classroom; can instruct across a range of undergraduate courses offered by the department; and can contribute to the development and renewal of the Physics curriculum. An ability to teach across traditional disciplinary boundaries and to contribute Indigenous perspectives to the curriculum and to the department would be an asset. Experience teaching international students is an asset as UFV is committed to supporting and engaging international students.

Experience and interest in developing innovative and effective learning strategies including problem-based learning methods are highly desirable. Willingness to learn technology-supported teaching (e.g., hybrid and on-line) is required.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to advancing the state of professional practice through inquiry and scholarship.

The successful applicant will be expected to actively participate in departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives. A commitment to an ongoing program of professional development is required.

A PhD in Physics or a closely related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.

An extensive knowledge of undergraduate physics, with the experience in properly communicating that knowledge to students.

Minimum 2 years teaching experience at the undergraduate level with recent evidence of teaching excellence.

The potential for designing and teaching undergraduate experimental courses.

Strong communication, leadership, and service skills.

Familiarity with technology-supported teaching (e.g., hybrid or online) will be an asset.

The potential for scholarly activity.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a teaching philosophy statement, and recent student teaching evaluations. Short listed candidates will need to provide the names and contact information of three references.

About UFV:
The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq’eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó: lo Tém: éxw (Stó: lo Land; Stó: lo World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó: lo peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.

UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC’s top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee. Inquiries about the survey may be directed to [email protected] . Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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