Instructor in Physics and Assistant Director for Introductory Instructional Laboratories - Department of Physics

Case Western Reserve University Department of Physics seeks a candidate possessing an outstanding record of effectiveness in physics teaching and pedagogy at the college level for an appointment to the position of Instructor. The successful candidate will serve in two distinct but connected roles within the department: (1) as Assistant Director for Introductory Laboratories and (2) as course instructor. The successful candidate will divide time equally between these two major responsibilities as follows:

In the first role, the candidate will serve under the supervision of the Director of Introductory Laboratories to provide pedagogical, instructional, technical, organizational, and logistical support to the instructional laboratories for Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism that are a major component of introductory physics courses offered to undergraduate students in STEM degree programs. The Physics Introductory Labs at CWRU serve approximately 1000 students per semester, with students working in pairs in sections of 16 students each led by graduate student teaching assistants. In the position of Associate Director for Intro Labs, the candidate would directly supervise and train graduate section leaders and undergraduate technical assistants, establish and monitor grading standards, assess and improve materials, and help to maintain and upgrade the operations of the lab. 

In the second role, the successful candidate will serve as course instructor for one course per semester in the physics department, taking on all regular responsibilities for planning, teaching and grading the course. There is no teaching expected during the summer. Course assignments will be determined in consultation with the department chair to best match the experience and interests of the candidate.

The department is working vigorously to increase and support diversity among its faculty and students, including as an American Physical Society Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance Network institution and an APS-Bridge Partner Institution, and particularly encourages and welcomes applications from candidates who would advance that effort. 


Qualifications for the position include a PhD or equivalent in physics or a closely related discipline, as well as a record of teaching and/or instructional service work appropriate to the level of the position. Candidates must have a strong interest in teaching and possess the skills needed to be an effective instructor. Information about our department is available on the website Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2024, and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications completed by this date will receive the fullest consideration. 

Applicants should apply to this position at: Applicants will be prompted to provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching, and contact information for at least three professional references. Applicants will also be prompted to provide a diversity statement describing how their research, teaching, and/or service might contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts may promote structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Prof. Corbin Covault (Physics) at

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.