Whitworth University-Tenure Track Assistant Professor

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Whitworth University-Tenure Track Assistant Professor




The mission of the Department of Engineering & Physics is to provide our students with an academically rigorous education in physics and its application to engineering. This takes place in a context of committed Christian faith, intellectual challenge, and holistic mentoring. We seek to prepare students for careers in which they will explore the laws of the natural world that God has made, share the details of that creation with others, and apply technology to serve the needs of the world.

The department currently has six tenured or tenure-track faculty members and graduates 15-20 undergraduate students each year. We currently offer an ABET-accredited B.S. in Engineering, a B.S. in Physics, as well as an engineering degree through our dual degree (3-2) partnership program with some larger universities across the nation.

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2023


The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to Whitworth’s mission, strong teaching skills, an emerging record of scholarship or relevant work experience, and a commitment to serve Whitworth. This position is necessitated because of the growth in the B.S. Engineering major and the candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to support the increased demand for introductory physics as well as courses at higher levels in its curriculum (see its course requirements in the Whitworth Catalog). The typical teaching load is two courses and two associated laboratories per semester, and a January term course. A departmental research endowment can provide some course releases for candidates who pursue scholarly activities that involve undergraduates throughout the academic year.

Scholarly activities aimed at remaining active and current in one’s discipline are expected of all faculty members at Whitworth. This can take a variety of forms. A candidate with significant industry experience might remain current by serving as a consultant and maintaining external networks that yield internships or research opportunities for our students. Alternatively, a candidate could pursue more traditional academic research resulting in peer-reviewed and publicly-disseminated publications. A startup package will be provided to help support candidates interested in establishing such a research program, but candidates should demonstrate the initiative necessary to leverage this to receive external funding, with the support of Whitworth’s Sponsored Program’s Office.

Participation in departmental activities, academic advising, faculty governance, service to the profession, and service to the community is expected.


• Evidence of promise in effectiveness at college-level teaching,

• A personal commitment to the Christian faith and the integration of faith and learning,

• Strong potential for an ongoing stream of research in the candidate’s area of specialization,

• Record of peer-reviewed and publicly disseminated scholarship or relevant work experience,

• Ability and initiative to engage in scholarly activity that will result in life-long learning in engineering and physics,

• Demonstrated growth in cultural competence and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity,

• A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church,

• Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by July 1, 2023,

• Ability to communicate effectively in English.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or ABD in a sub-discipline of physics or engineering

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

TO APPLY: Please submit the following to https://apptrkr.com/3527231

• A letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position and interest in teaching at a Christian liberal arts university with an increasingly diverse student body,

• Curriculum vitae,

• Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial),

• A statement of plans for scholarly activity at Whitworth,

• Three most recent student feedback surveys (if available),

• Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three academic references (additional non-academic references may also be included)