University of Colorado Department Chair/Professor in Denver, Colorado

University of Colorado – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department Chair/Faculty - Department of Physics

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks an innovative, resourceful, and dynamic Department Chair to help build and mentor a small but growing faculty and to facilitate regional collaborations and sponsored research. Applicants should have evidence of teaching excellence, an active research program in any area (experimental, theoretical, or computational physics), a distinguished record of scholarly publication, a record of obtaining external funding, and documented leadership skills. The record as a whole is expected to qualify the applicant for tenure at CU Denver at the rank of Professor. The successful applicant will begin his/her appointment in the Fall Semester 2019.

The Physics Department is one of more than twenty programs offering bachelors’ degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). CLAS takes pride in having a faculty of excellent scholars and practitioners. Providing an education of enduring value to our students is at the heart of our College mission. Information about the College is at Within this environment, the physics faculty provides a quality learning experience for all students through our service courses, providing a fundamental understanding of physical principles and the scientific method. At the same time, the department creates a stimulating and challenging environment for physics majors to prepare them to move into careers in academia, industry, and government, or to pursue further academic credentials; a number of our graduates have subsequently completed PhDs at top tier institutions.

The Department currently has five full-time tenure-track faculty members along with several instructors, clinical faculty, and lecturers. Successful candidates will lead a robust department with opportunities for growth that is committed to quality teaching, exceptional research, and providing research experiences to undergraduate majors. The department currently offers a B.S. degree in Physics, with a track in Pure & Applied Physics. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary Master’s program in Integrated Sciences, and plans to expand its graduate certificate programs. The Physics Department is orientated towards applied research and builds upon connections with Colorado’s many research centers, including CU Anschutz, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The physics program is undergoing a period of significant change as it separates from more than four decades of combined teaching with Metropolitan State University of Denver. This is an opportunity for the physics program and the University of Colorado at Denver. Thus, the physics department seeks a chair who will step up to the challenges of growing the number of majors and finding additional support for ongoing initiatives for both our service courses and majors curriculum. The successful candidate would also build upon the department’s strong record of student success and inclusiveness through excellent learning experiences and participation in faculty research. The College is committed to working with the chair and the department to find the resources needed to build an even stronger department.

CU Denver is one of four campuses within the University of Colorado system. The CU Denver campus merged twelve years ago with the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC). This consolidation provides students with greater access to information about health professions programs and faculty with expanded opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary work in biomedical/health related research. The Denver campus and Anschutz Medical campus offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate programs in 13 schools and colleges with more than 14,000 students on the Denver campus and more than 4,000 students at AMC. The consolidated campuses attract nearly $400 million annually in sponsored research. CU Denver is thus positioned to be one of the top urban research universities in the country.

CU Denver is located on the Auraria Higher Education Center’s campus near the city’s vibrant commercial and cultural district, three major professional sports venues, the Denver Convention Center, and city and state government offices. The Denver-Metro area is also a focal point for many high-tech companies that are seeking highly qualified graduates in STEM fields. CU’s Denver campus has an enrollment of over 14,000 students that are very diverse: of our undergraduates, 52% percent are women and 43% are students of color, including 57% of freshman. They comprise both traditional residential students and commuter students; many are working students focused on career advancement.

The University is committed to a philosophy of inclusion, embedded in all aspects of campus life, including curriculum, research, and community service, aiming to create a learning environment that welcomes, encourages, and celebrates the unique and shared experiences of faculty, staff and students. CU Denver, and the Department of Physics specifically, are also committed to building an inclusive environment for STEM education. CU Denver is a member of The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, has an active NIH Maximizing Access to Research Careers grant, and is a recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Grant for enhancing equity in STEM education.

Required Qualifications:

A successful candidate must: have earned a Ph.D. in Physics (or a closely related field); have completed at least one postdoctoral experience (or equivalent); demonstrate a strong commitment to students and to teaching across the Physics curriculum; demonstrate the ability to lead a research program that includes external grants and/or industrial collaboration; and have high-quality leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. The candidate must have an established record of achievements in teaching, research, and service that would qualify for tenure at CU Denver at the level of Professor.

Preferred Qualifications:

A successful candidate should: have academic leadership experience; be broadly trained; have a demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of inclusion; have potential for successful interaction with students from diverse multi-cultural backgrounds (/e.g.,/international and underrepresented minorities); have potential for successful interaction with non-traditional students (/e.g.,/working students &/or students with families) in an urban university setting; and have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education, including the ability to teach a wide range of courses at the undergraduate level for both majors and non-majors.

Salary and Benefits:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *D0001 -- Denver Campus

Title: Department Chair/Professor

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 14826