Visiting Instructor (Two Positions--Open Specialization)


Openings: 2


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for two full-time one-year positions of Visiting Instructor (or Assistant Professor with appropriate credentials) in the Department of Physics to begin September 1, 2023.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving 2,000 students, where faculty help equip students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota, and within a short drive to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul and Mankato metro areas. Learn more at

Department Information: The Physics Department offers a nationally recognized comprehensive major and graduates an average of 15 +/- 3 students per year, of whom a very high percentage pursue graduate and professional degrees. The department is staffed by 5 FTE faculty and is housed in the well-equipped 64,000 square-foot Olin Hall of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

Things you will do:

  • Teach 24 or 28 contact hours during the academic year. This teaching load is typically comprised of two lecture courses and associated labs in both the fall and spring terms (approximately 12 contact hours per week in lectures and labs at introductory and upper levels for various audiences). January Term teaching may also be assigned depending on candidate interest and the needs of the College (comprising the additional four contact hours needed to achieve the 28 contact hour maximum total).
  • Help cultivate a welcoming community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We strive to foster an environment where people can be themselves, build community, learn, and grow.

Things you can choose to do:

  • Improve your teaching by joining a teaching circle, participating in workshops, applying for an internal teaching development grant, and engaging in conversations about teaching with colleagues across campus.
  • Advance your scholarship by working with undergraduate research assistants, joining a writing retreat, applying for an internal grant, receiving travel funds to present at conferences, receiving help applying for external grants, and making use of our research facilities.
  • Develop professional skills by participating in faculty meetings and committees, attending faculty development days, and taking advantage of the College’s membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

How to apply:

Visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the required and preferred position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research needs. Even though research is not expected for visiting positions, we want to help you advance your research agenda. Let us know what you need to be successful.
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2023. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit supplementary documents as needed. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Things you might like:

Based on AAUP (American Association of University Professors) and CUPA (College and University Professional Association) data, we offer a starting salary that is competitive with our peer institutions as well as comprehensive benefits that prioritize your personal and financial well-being.

  • Medical insurance (which includes access to Nice Healthcare) as well as dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Workplace accommodations for physical or mental health concerns
  • Access to mental health apps
  • Onsite health services
  • Free parking, exercise classes, use of library and athletic facilities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Daily multifaith sabbath
  • Employer match contribution to retirement savings plan (after one year of employment)
  • 1-on-1 financial coaching

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Learn more about Gustavus's campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging:


What’s required:

  • PhD in Physics (we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status)
  • Experience using a variety of modern laboratory equipment and software

What’s preferred:

  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching at the TA level or beyond
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities
  • Experience with a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives
  • While the area of specialization is open, preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experimental expertise

Posted 02/13/2023


Paul Saulnier | | 507-933-7308

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2023

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