Physics/Astronomy Open Rank Tenure Track Faculty

Position ID: 43957
Georgia State University
Physics and Astronomy
Position Description
Job Description: 

Posting Number: F00030P

GSU Log Number: 21-016

Classification Title: Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty

Position Title: Physics/Astronomy Open Rank Tenure Track Faculty

Department: Physical Sciences

Campus: College-wide

Position Type: Full Time Faculty

Posting Type: Internal/External

GSU Information                               

Join Perimeter College’s growing faculty and become part of Georgia State University’s national leadership in innovation and in the academic success of its diverse populations. As the two-year college of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is metro Atlanta’s gateway to higher education. We are home to more freshmen than any other college in Georgia and offer a learning environment where teaching is the faculty’s primary focus. Students can choose from courses on five campuses and online to follow a clear path to an associate degree or receive the core classes required to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The 2019 and 2020 rankings from U.S. News & World Report list Georgia State as #2 among the most innovative colleges and universities in the nation and #2 (2019) and #3 (2020) among national universities with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. In recent years, African-American, Hispanic, first-generation and Pell-eligible students have, on average, all graduated from Georgia State at or above the rates of the student body overall — making Georgia State the only national public university to attain this goal.

About the Department                       

Welcome to the Department of Physical Sciences at Perimeter College, where students explore the complex and fascinating worlds of chemistry, physics and other science streams. Members of our faculty partner with faculty in other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to bring STEM initiatives to our students.

Position Description                         

Tenure-track positions are academic year (August-May) appointments.

The selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Providing 27-32 semester hours of instruction per academic year
  • Providing student support and advising
  • Maintaining an average of 10 office hours per week
  • Working effectively and professionally with colleagues

Expectations also include service to the college at the department, discipline, campus and college-wide levels. Perimeter College encourages and supports innovation and professional growth, expecting the successful candidate to demonstrate career goals that are consistent with the college’s mission.

Required Experience                        

Prior physics and astronomy teaching experience at the collegiate level.

Required Education                          

A minimum of a Master’s degree required in Physics and/or Astronomy or a minimum of a Master’s degree with at least 18 semester or 27 quarter graduate hours in relevant coursework (completed by the anticipated date of appointment) is required.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

Prior physics/astronomy teaching experience at the collegiate level, including online teaching is desired

A doctoral degree in Physics/Astronomy is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities                  

  • Ability to teach a variety of physics/astronomy courses, including laboratories at the college level
  • Ability to teach effectively using a variety of methods
  • Ability to relate to a diverse student population and facilitate student learning
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional technology

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations, etc: None specified.

Pre-Employment Requirements: A Criminal Background Check is required.

Work Hours: Position may require non-standard hours (including day, evening, online, hybrid, weekend and/or other campus locations).

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Open Date: 08/12/2019

Review of Applications Begins: 10/01/2019

Desired Start Date: 08/01/2020

Open Until Filled                             

Application Procedure:

Qualified applicants must provide the following application materials to be considered:

  • Letter of intent/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Unofficial transcript of all degrees completed. Official transcripts must be provided if an offer is accepted.
  • Foreign degree transcript is required for foreign graduate degrees
  • Three (3) professional letters of reference (Final Candidate Only)


Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences, Dr. Solomon Fesseha,

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Dana Brown,

Please note: It is the responsibility of the final candidate to ensure all letters of reference have been received.

Apply at:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * A minimum of a Master's degree required in the teaching discipline or a minimum of a Master's degree with at least 18 semester or 27 quarter graduate hours in relevant coursework (completed by the anticipated date of appointment) is required. Do/Will you meet one of these requirements?
    • Yes 
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity? 
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting 
    • Agency Referral 
    • Advertisement/Publication 
    • Personal Referral 
    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education/Vitae 
    • Computing Research Association 
    • Diverse Jobs 
    • Other 
    • Indeed

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts of All Degrees Completed 

Optional Documents

  1. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluation
  2. Philosophy of Teaching
  3. Syllabus Examples
  4. Teaching Evaluations
  5. Other Document 1
  6. Other Document 2
  7. Other Document 3


Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action university and accommodates individuals with disabilities. All applicants must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Notice of employment will be conditional on background verification.


CIP Discipline Code: 
Physical Sciences
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Recruitment Data
Search Chair: 
Dr. Solomon Fesseha,
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator