University of Washington, Bothell — Assistant Teaching Professor – Physics, Division of Physical Sciences

The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seeks dynamic physics educators to join the Physical Sciences Division of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We invite applicants for one or more full-time (100%) Assistant Teaching Professor positions for a 9-month service period with opportunities to teach during the summer. Appointments are for up to five years, renewable, and are not tenure eligible. The start date is September 16, 2021.

The primary responsibilities of this position are teaching, mentoring undergraduates, and service. The successful candidate is expected to engage in modern pedagogy, engage students in undergraduate research, contribute to UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work enthusiastically in an inclusive and interdisciplinary culture of learning.  More information about our Physics program is available here

The School of STEM is the largest school at UW Bothell, and we remain committed to attracting diverse faculty and staff who create an exceptional student experience in support of our core values of COLLABORATION, OPPORTUNITY, RIGOR, and ENGAGEMENT.  Our faculty are dynamic educators who engage in innovative, evidence-based pedagogies.  Seventy-five percent of UW Bothell faculty engage students as research collaborators, and we continue to develop community and industry partnerships to expand internship, capstone, and collaborative research opportunities for students and faculty. We offer twenty-three undergraduate and graduate degrees and eight minors across four Divisions (Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, Engineering and Mathematics, Physical Sciences). The School is housed in several buildings on a vibrant campus collocated on a restored 100-acre wetland with an active salmon stream, including the 74,000 square-foot Discovery Hall teaching and laboratory facility, with a new 77,000 square-foot STEM building in collaboration with Cascadia College opening in Fall 2023.

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.

Diversity is a core value of UW Bothell.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Minimum requirements for the position include:

  • A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in physics or closely related field
  • Familiarity with modern teaching methods in physics

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching excellence: Demonstrates teaching competence and effective approaches to teaching; shows potential for high quality teaching.
  • Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity: Experience with and capacity for furthering UW Bothell’s commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary STEM environment, across disciplinary interests.
  • Service and collegiality: Evidence of willingness to work with others, be collaborative, and contribute to shared goals.

Application Instructions
Please submit the following application materials and provide names/contact information for three references who will be prepared to submit letters of recommendation upon request.

  • Cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Sample syllabus of an undergraduate physics course taught or one proposed to be taught
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interests including any available evidence of teaching excellence (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity statement detailing how the candidate’s teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Bothell’s commitment to equity and inclusion. (1 page)

Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by January 4, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

If you have a question about the details of this search or position, please contact the search committee Chair, Prof. Rachel E. Scherr, at For questions regarding Interfolio or potential disability accommodations, please contact Janet Wilt at

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (