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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 753221
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs Dean 10028546
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU’s Lyman Briggs College (LBC) actively promote a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

LBC invites applications for a teaching-focused faculty position in the Academic Specialist Continuing Appointment System to join the college’s Physics group starting August of 2022. The successful candidate will teach introductory undergraduate Physics in a studio format as well as senior seminar classes.  

Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching and must have a master’s degree (minimum) or Ph.D. (desired) in Physics or Physics Education in hand by August 15, 2022. This position requires expertise and teaching experience in undergraduate teaching format. The successful candidate will be committed to advancing excellence in the teaching of introductory courses in physics and will join the college’s ongoing efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education, particularly with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B). A scholarly approach to teaching students and mentoring student employees is essential. This position offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in teaching in a liberal-arts style residential college with all of the resources of a large “Big 10” research university. 

Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant undergraduate residential college within MSU focusing on the study of the sciences in their societal and global contexts ( The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the human, social, and cultural dimensions of the sciences. There are approximately 2,000 students in Lyman Briggs, 66% of whom are women. 31% of all primary, secondary degree, and additional majors identify as students of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group. Additionally, 32% of LBC students are members of the MSU Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes. LBC is also a leading center for research on teaching and learning and for interdisciplinary scholarship. Most LBC faculty members in the tenure system have a joint appointment in a disciplinary department or program to support their scholarship and professional development. The college boasts a dynamic community of students, staff, and faculty who make LBC an exceptional place to learn and work. 

Academic Specialists in the Continuing Appointment System are long-term, teaching-focused faculty who are outstanding instructors in the classroom, support curriculum improvement, and who support and mentor undergraduates. Academic specialists also contribute professional service to the college, including membership on LBC committees, and have full voting rights in the college. As with faculty in the Tenure System, Academic Specialists in the Continuing Appointment System are supported in their professional development and follow a career progression (i.e., reappointment, reappointment with Continuing Status, promotion to Senior Academic Specialist). The successful candidate will start with a three-year probationary appointment that has the potential, after successful reappointment, to become a long-term position in the Academic Specialist Continuing Appointment System (for details see the MSU Academic Specialist Handbook at Reappointment and continuing appointment decisions are based on performance reviews that include peer and student teaching evaluations. 

The successful candidate will teach five or six courses per academic year. The physics group offers its introductory physics course in a studio format that presents physics concepts embedded in life science context to relate to the students’ broad career interests. These classes are supported by undergraduate learning assistants. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work on other teaching and learning projects as needs and interests arise. For example, they have the opportunity to mentor graduate students on teaching and learning projects or on training grants.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a Masters in Physics, Physics education, or a related field

Desired Qualifications

  • Candidate has a PhD in Physics, Physics education, or a related field

  • Experience teaching introductory physics classes as the instructor of record. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, service, and/or community involvement

  • Demonstrated innovation in undergraduate-focused physics teaching 

  • Leadership of teaching teams, including undergraduate learning assistants and/or graduate teaching assistants

  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students


Required Application Materials

To ensure a holistic assessment of candidates, we request that applications include:

  1. a CV, including education background/qualifications, a list of publications, teaching and mentoring roles, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach;

  2. a teaching portfolio including:

    1. A statement of your teaching philosophy

    2. An exemplar course learning objective, an assessment associated with that learning objective, and a brief description of a class activity designed to help students meet the learning objective;

  3. a 1-2 page statement of contributions to the academic community. Universities are complex institutions that rely on faculty to assume diverse responsibilities, including fostering student learning, disseminating knowledge, and sustaining healthy inclusive communities. The applicant should describe how they have been involved in departmental and/or institutional activities as part of their institution’s academic community. They should also describe their interests and plans for enriching the MSU community, including how they plan to advance issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

  4. a cover letter that frames the application in the context of this position in Lyman Briggs College.

In addition, contact information for three potential references will be asked for in the MSU’s application system. Letters of support will only be solicited from recommenders for those who are selected for pre-screens and/or interviews. 


Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

We actively encourage applications from -- and welcome nominations of -- members of the LGBTQIA+ community, physicists from across the racial and class spectrum, veterans, physicists with disabilities, and physicists from other minoritized groups. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

Deadline to ensure full consideration of applications is February 8, 2022, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Katie Hinko, at  

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