The Physics Department of Pacific University invites applications from physics instructors.  Two openings are available (pending final budgetary approval), and applicants can apply for one or both. The first position is algebra-based Introductory Physics (PHY 204) (one section of lecture plus one or two sections of lab) in spring semester 2013, January 28 - May 14. Lecture meets MWF and Lab sections meet T/Th mornings and afternoons.  The topics covered include introductory thermodynamics and electrostatics, including circuits. The second position is a science course for non-scientists, either Cosmology or Energy and the Environment, in winter term 2013, January 7 – January 22. Winter term courses meet 3 hrs per day.


Requirements include teaching experience and ABD or MS in physics (PhD preferred). We seek applicants who have experience with innovative pedagogy and the results of Physics Education Research. Pacific University is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


The successful candidate must have authorization to work in the United States.


Pacific University is an independent, comprehensive university in Forest Grove, Oregon (about 25 miles west of Portland). The physics department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences (ca. 1600 students), a liberal arts undergraduate college where faculty and staff are committed to an intimate, personalized education. The University also includes a College of Health Professions (including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Dental Science and Professional Psychology), and a College of Optometry, and a College of Education.


The Physics department currently has 4 permanent faculty members and 1 laboratory support staff. We are committed to learning through discovery in both the laboratory and the classroom. We graduate 3-5 majors each year. Many of our graduates pursue graduate degrees in Physics or related fields, or pursue careers in high-tech industries.

Application materials:


Please submit a cover letter that addresses your teaching experience, and a CV. Include contact information for at least two references with your CV, and identify those that can address your teaching. We will contact references directly.


Send applications electronically to:


Administrative Assistant, School of Natural Sciences, Pacific University.

Review of applications will begin October 10 and continue until the position is filled.


Contact Dr. Stephen Hall (Physics Department Chair) with questions.