Assistant Professor, Physics (Natural Sciences)

Job Open: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Job Closed: 
Friday, January 8, 2021

Job Term:


Application Deadline: Friday, January 08, 2021
Salary & Benefits: Starting Salary is based on rank and applicable steps for related work experience as per the Santa Fe College Salary Schedule. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.
Classification: Full-time Faculty, 9-Month Exempt, Career & Technical Education, Continuing Contact (Tenure Track).
Location: Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building W, Gainesville, FL 32606

Overview: Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community college in the United States. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs. A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live. SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.

Santa Fe College’s Natural Sciences within the Academic Affairs division of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides pre-professional instruction to guide the development of the next generation of engineers, physicians, and scientists. The Natural Sciences Department also provides non-sciences majors with general education science courses to enable them to understand and appreciate the role of the sciences in daily life and the world community.

Natural Sciences at Santa Fe College is seeking a full-time, continuing contract, nine-month (9) Assistant Professors to promote and encourage student success through quality science instruction focusing on introductory physics. Under general supervision, the Assistant Professor, Physics, will develop, prepare and teach a variety of scientific concepts consisting of teaching assignments which may include introductory physics for liberal arts and calculus and non-calculus based general physics, along with quantitative analysis and all associated labs. Faculty may be assigned to SF’s main Northwest campus or housed at any of the College’s six educational centers. Course offerings within the Natural Sciences Department may be taught during the day, evening, or online, as well as taught using other distance learning formats. Santa Fe College full-time Natural Sciences faculty have a primary nine (9) month contract based on teaching 15 credit hours in the fall and 15 credit hours in the spring; other teaching opportunities over and above contractual obligations and during summer semesters may be available for additional compensation based upon departmental need.

Responsibilities and duties include:
• Plan, organize, and deliver instruction in laboratory, classroom, and/or real-world settings to promote student success within a community college environment.
• Collaborate with other faculty to evaluate, revise, and develop program curriculum and pedagogical methods that cultivate student learning and enhance the mastery of course content.
• Collaborate with colleagues, local educators and other school professionals to create and promote joint outreach, as well as develop educational partnerships and activities.
• Support and promote the mission of the department and college which centers on excellence in teaching and learning through quality instruction, curriculum enhancement, faculty scholarship, professional development, and service.
• Participate in departmental meetings and college committee work.
• Assist with the implementation of college policies, objectives and functions in accordance with the SF philosophy, mission, strategic initiatives, and procedures.
• Appropriately document student progress and maintain records including attendance and achievement of learning outcomes.
• Strictly honor student confidentiality and privacy as per appropriate laws, regulations and college rules.
• Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Chair, Natural Sciences

Required: A Master’s degree in Physics or Mathematical Physics or a Master’s degree with eighteen (18) graduate course hours in the qualifying fields of Physics is required. Please see the SF Faculty Credentialing Manual.

Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.

Preferred: Teaching experience in a community college and/or university setting and familiarity with classroom technologies and productivity tools are also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.
• Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.
• Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames.
• Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.

Application Process: All applicants must create an Applicant Profile to complete the SF Employment Application, submit an up-to-date resume, teaching philosophy, letter of intent which describes his/her interest in teaching Physics at Santa Fe College and explains the strength he/she can bring to this faculty position, as well as unofficial transcripts to be considered for this position. Current letters of recommendation are strongly preferred as part of our application review process and therefore applicants are encouraged to submit (3) three letters of recommendation at the time of application. However, (3) three letters of recommendation are required prior to an employment offer. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to any employment offer when academic credentials are the basis for meeting minimum qualifications or receiving steps.