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University of Detroit Mercy
  • Position Number: 2709451
  • Location: Detroit, MI
  • Position Type: Science - Physics

University of Detroit Mercy
College of Engineering & Science
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Physics

The Physics Program in the College of Engineering & Science at the University of Detroit Mercy invites candidates to apply for two available full-time tenure track faculty positions. The hired candidates will start August 16, 2022. Detroit Mercy is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community, with an urban and community service focused approach.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to the Mission of the University and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), Detroit Mercy offers small classes and close collegial relationships. The College's faculty forms a vibrant community of teaching scholars, with a strong focus on student-centered teaching, and academic mentorship of students. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students majoring in science and engineering disciplines. The Physics program is an integral part of the College of Engineering & Science's National Institutes of Health - BUILD grant ( that supports these efforts.

The Physics program at Detroit Mercy is a vibrant program whose full-time faculty teach courses required for students majoring in science and engineering disciplines, as well as for the university core curriculum; engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research; and mentor students within the College of Engineering and Science. Physics faculty have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in other disciplines and at partner institutions through the BUILD grant and other exciting initiatives.

A successful candidate would be one that has a strong interest in implementing best practices in teaching pedagogy including evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek an educator who is also an enthusiastic teacher-scholar committed to supporting a diverse population of students, and who can enrich and contribute to the College's multifaceted diversity.

Teaching responsibilities will include teaching introductory physics lectures and laboratory courses, as well as other courses, based on the faculty member's area of expertise and on the need to complement or expand current offerings in the program.

The candidate should have a proposed research agenda appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability and interest to pursue external funding and to disseminate results in peer-reviewed publications and conferences. Pedagogical research is encouraged.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. or terminal degree in Physics or closely related discipline by the time of appointment.
Experience teaching courses in college or relevant instructional experience
Experience with research and scholarly activity
A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace

Preferred Qualifications:
Commitment to evidence-based teaching strategies that meet course learning outcomes
Commitment to students' holistic development, including encouraging students to reflect and engage with physics in a broader social context
Experience working collaboratively across disciplines
Evidence indicating promise of service to the department, college, university, and community in alignment with the mission of the university
Commitment to student-centered mentoring and advising

Candidates must apply by completing an application and uploading materials at Materials must include: (1) a detailed cover letter describing the ways your background addresses the required and preferred qualifications; (2) a one-page teaching philosophy statement; (3) a one-page statement of your research plans that specifically addresses the inclusion of undergraduate students; (4) a one-page diversity statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, (5) a complete curriculum vitae, (6) the names and contact information of three professional references. Please do not include any letters of recommendation—they will be requested for all semi-finalists.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the full consideration date until the positions are filled.

Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private University, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.

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