Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 12,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. DU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University with very high research activity. The Department of Physics and Astronomy (P&A website) underwent a strong expansion with nine tenure-track and two teaching professor positions filled since 2006. Our diverse and dynamic faculty of 12 includes four women and come from seven different countries. We provide an attentive, hands-on research and learning community for undergraduate and graduate students up through the PhD level. The program is recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013).

DU and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are strongly committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment of belonging for all. In alignment with this commitment and regardless of specialization, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to integrate content, programming, processes, communication, and sentiments to build a welcoming community of learning for all, being conscious of individuals with historically minoritized identities. You can read more about DUs commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the University’s website.

Position Summary

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a one-year opportunity for a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor for Academic Year 2022-23. The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate courses per quarter with a total of six courses per year. Typical sizes of lecture courses are 80 to 90 students. Teaching opportunities are primarily in University Physics. Depending on the background of the candidate, one quarter might include a different undergraduate course. The position is non-tenure-track. The University is planning to offer the majority of courses in person next year, and the successful candidate will be expected to teach in person as COVID-19 protocols allow. The start date is September 1, 2022.

Essential Functions

  • Teach undergraduate courses in a manner that creates a supportive learning environment for students with a range of backgrounds and professional goals.
  • Teach courses as scheduled
  • Create and Maintain course Canvas container
  • Assign papers, exams, and other assignments
  • Grade in a timely manner
  • Hold office hours and meet with students over Zoom or in person

Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Physics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching courses at a college level

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 5:00 p.m. (MST) July 15, 2022. Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Questions regarding the position should be directed to

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $52,000 - $55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter 
3. Teaching statement (one-page) including approach to working with a diverse student population
4. Names of 3 professional references who may be contacted by members of the search committee.
5. One-page diversity statement about your experience with and commitment to inclusive excellence and how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions [] regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity and to work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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