Assistant Professor Position

Physics and Astronomy Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Physics Education Research (PER). The position will begin Fall 2018, and is contingent upon the availability of funds. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. The successful applicant should have a strong interest or demonstrated experience in teacher preparation. The new faculty member will be expected to: carry out a vigorous, externally-funded research program with a primary emphasis on physics education research for undergraduate and graduate projects, advise students, and participate fully in the teaching program of the department.

Over the past three years, the department of physics and astronomy has introduced a Learning Assistant program into its introductory physics classes and physical science classes for pre-service elementary school teachers. We have developed a unique, completely online MS program in physics for in-service high school physics teachers and are in the process of building up our undergraduate physics teacher education program. Two members of our faculty are PhysTEC fellows. The successful applicant will be involved in the continued development and expansion of these programs.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. We encourage applications from individuals who are committed to furthering these causes.  We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy.  This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes. The department of physics and astronomy is actively involved in furthering these causes through the APS bridge program, the national mentoring community, and through the recent creation of a women in physics group and the employment of inclusive pedagogical practices and classroom environments.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to The Physics and Astronomy Department has 8 full-time faculty members. The University offers over 100 undergraduate degrees to over 13,000 students. The campus is located one hour from Dallas in a rural setting. Visit our website at for further information about the University and phone or e-mail inquiries can be directed to Dr. Kent Montgomery, Interim Department Head of Physics and Astronomy at (903) 886-5487, or