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Adjunct Physics Lab instructor Part-Time

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Position Information

Position Title Adjunct Physics Lab instructor Part-Time
Position Type Faculty
School School of Science, Engineering and Health
Department Dept of Mathematics, Physics & Statistics (2030)
Discipline Physics
Level Undergraduate
Time Status Part-Time
Campus Main Campus (Grantham)

Position Description

Position Summary

The Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics in the School of Science, Engineering and Health at Messiah College invites applications for part-time adjunct physics lab instructors. This lab teaching actively supports the mission and vision of the department in the physics area.


Teach undergraduate introductory and general physics labs. Maintain working relationships with faculty and students by providing hands-on laboratory support, including prompt reporting of lab grades to the faculty for the associated lecture section and return of graded labs to students by the next lab session. Labs include mechanics, electricity, magnetism and optics.

Labs are usually scheduled in the afternoons, and sometimes evenings. We anticipate the need to staff 2-4 labs per semester. Each adjunct may teach up to 5 labs per year. The scheduling is agreed upon with department faculty before each semester.


Bachelor’s degree within the STEM discipline is required and previous experience teaching college level physics labs is preferred. Candidates must evidence the potential for strong classroom teaching and positive student interaction and mentorship. Messiah College selects its educators for their Christian commitment as well as their proven teaching ability.

The Program

This position would teach labs associated with introductory and general Physics classes including the areas listed above. Labs are capped at a maximum of 24 students in each section. Messiah College’s Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics Department offers the following undergraduate degrees: BA in Mathematics, BA in Mathematics with Secondary Teaching Certification, BA in Physics, BA in Physics with Secondary Teaching Certification, and a minor in Statistics. The Physics courses serve majors in these areas as well as Engineering, Chemistry, and a variety of other disciplines.

The Department

9 full-time faculty members, 3 in Physics, hold degrees from nationally and internationally recognized graduate schools—Lehigh University, Virginia Tech, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa, Indiana University, Cornell University, and Linköping University. Scholarship and areas of professional interest include thin films, cosmic ray and dark matter research, biomedical optics and integration of Christian faith with the disciplines represented in the department. In addition to serving approximately 50 students in our majors, the department enrolls more than 2500 students in courses annually, including online summer courses.

The College

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of over 2,800 undergraduate students including over 12.3% of under-represented and 4.0% international students from 29 countries and nearly 600 graduate students including 11.5% of students from under-represented populations.

The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.


The College seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah’s strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.

Starting Date for Position Spring 2017

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah College, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.

Vitae Instructions to Applicants

Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publication, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.

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Applicant Documents

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  2. College/University Transcript(s)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Personal Statement - Faith
  5. Personal Statement - Teaching
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  1. Resume