Physics Adjunct-Chamberlin AY23-24

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Natural Sciences and Math

Position Summary

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. 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 DU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the University’s website.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is accepting expressions of interest for adjunct faculty position in the academic year 2023/24, as follows:

  • Descriptive Astronomy (PHYS 1050) in Autumn Quarter 2023 (2 sections)
  • Solar System Astronomy (PHYS 1070) in Winter Quarter 2024 (2 sections)
  • Cosmology (PHYS 1090) in Spring Quarter 2024 (2 sections)

All courses are taught three days per week at the historic Chamberlin Observatory in the evenings. A successful candidate must be familiar with classic telescope use and operation and the principles of astronomy, as practiced during the late 19th century, as it enables students to be provided with explanations of the state of the art then, as well as now, in terms of the development of astrophysics over time. The course instructor is also required to undergo a mandatory telescope operator certification process. Course descriptions can be found on the Registrar’s Office schedule of classes at

For questions about the courses, please contact Faun Lee, Assistant to the Chair at

Some courses or sections may not be offered, depending on the student interest. Adjunct faculty positions are non-benefitted positions.

Essential Functions

  • 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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate scientific concepts effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or Astronomy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's or PhD degree
  • Experience teaching courses at a college level

Work Schedule

While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on June 7, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Course Rate

The course rate for this position ranges from $4,772 (Master's degree) -$5,725 (PhD degree).

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 some benefits for non-benefited employees. 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

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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