Application Instructions

To apply for a position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at James Madison University, please submit the materials requested by the department and JMU Human Resources. Currently open positions are:


Two-year Position

James Madison University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position beginning the 2013-2014 academic year in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates with an earned PhD in astronomy or physics. The appointment is for two years.


The department has 22 full-time faculty members and ~110 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. The successful candidate will teach introductory physics or physical science for non-science majors. Additional duties may include conducting general physics or introductory electronics laboratories. A demonstrated interest and ability in teaching courses relevant to the position is required.


Applications are submitted electronically. For details on applying for this position and a description of the information required for a complete application, visit


JMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.


Teacher in Residence

James Madison University has an opening for the position of Teacher in Residence (TIR) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. We seek outstanding high school physics teachers to serve as local experts in our physics teacher education program. The TIR position is a 9 month full-time, non-tenure track faculty position, funded by PhysTEC (Physics Teacher Education Coalition) through AAPT and APS. This is a recurring, annual position.


While high school physics enrollments continue to climb, the percentage of high school physics instructors with specific training in physics is under a third. As a TIR, you will have a direct impact on producing high quality physics teachers and engage in pedagogical training of JMU physics majors. In addition, it is an opportunity to reconnect with research-based physics pedagogy, serve as a representative of physics teacher education both regionally and nationally, and take advantage of other opportunities at JMU based on your personal interests.


The ideal candidate would be an experienced high school teacher who would work at JMU for a year as an expert in support of pre-service physics teachers, primarily as co-instructor of a newly designed physics pedagogy course, mentor for early teaching experiences within the physics department, and liaison with the College of Education to support practicum observation for upper-level majors and MAT students. Additional obligations will include informal mentoring to help build the JMU physics teacher community and serving as an expert who can share their experiences, provide advice, and give an insider's view of the profession. The TIR will receive support to attend the national PhysTEC/AAPT summer meeting.


We believe this is a position that can benefit both the TIR and the school district and we are happy to work with districts to provide models for handling the logistics and justification for the applicant's involvement as a TIR. For instance, in one model, the TIR would maintain their current full-time position in the school district and would be released to JMU for the academic year. JMU would then reimburse the school district for all expenses incurred in facilitating this arrangement. This position will serve as a professional development opportunity for the TIR as well as lead to connections with JMU that will be mutually beneficial for the TIR, the school district, and JMU. JMU Physics may be able to serve as partners in future efforts to bring resources to the school's science programs.


Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. For additional information, including application procedures please contact Dr. Brian Utter, Associate Professor of Physics, Additional information is available online about JMU ( and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (


JMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.


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