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Adjunct Faculty for Physics & Astronomy

Seeking adjunct faculty to teach one or two sections of Introductory Physics courses.

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Montclair State University regularly needs adjunct faculty members to teach 1-2 sections of introductory physics or astronomy courses.  Please consider submitting an application if you would like to be considered as these positions become available. Courses commonly taught include College Physics I & II (PHYS 193/194, algebra-based) and University Physics I & II (PHYS 191/192, calculus-based). A typical course load will involve teaching one or two course sections of up to 24 students. Each section has a weekly lab period. Multiple sections are combined in a single lecture which meets twice a week. Introductory astronomy or advanced physics courses may occasionally be available. There is some flexibility in scheduling lecture and lab sections. We are not actively soliciting new adjunct applications at this time. Check this space for future updates.

In addition to lecture and lab, adjunct faculty are expected to hold regular office hours, produce syllabi in coordination with the department’s course coordinator, assist with student assessment exercises, and communicate with students via email and the course management system (Canvas).  Adjunct faculty are welcome to participate in department seminars and events. Summary information about Montclair State can be found here.

The compensation rate for adjunct faculty is mandated by a union contract. As of September 2018 this rate is $1475 per credit. Course assignments in our department will typically be between 4 and 7 credits for each adjunct instructor.


Candidates are expected to have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, at least one of which is in physics or a closely related field. A PhD degree or other experience is a plus, but is not required. Postdocs looking for teaching experience, community college instructors, or graduate students currently pursuing a PhD in Physics are especially encouraged to apply. We likewise welcome applications from high school teachers experienced in teaching AP physics. Adjunct faculty work closely with the department; they should be committed to student success and be able to actively engage students. Possessing effective communication skills in english, both written and oral, is required. Current authorization to legally work in the United States is also required.

Upon review of submitted application materials, candidates may be invited to campus for an interview and teaching demonstration. We may also request official transcripts for all degrees earned, sample course syllabi, course evaluations, and/or other evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Application Materials

To be considered for an adjunct position, please email only the following to Kinga Picerno combined as a single pdf file:

  • Cover Letter (describing your interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and availability including schedule constraints)
  • CV (showing all degrees and relevant professional or teaching experience)
  • Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy (one to three pages maximum; should describe your past instructional experience and instructional style).
  • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official versions may be requested at a later time).
  • The names and contact information (email, phone, affiliation) for two professional references. (Do not send reference letters; we will request them if needed.)

Additional Information

Montclair State University is New Jersey’s second-largest university, with over 20,000 students. It is a High Research Activity Doctoral University under the Carnegie Classification of higher-education institutions. The University has a very diverse student body and has met the criteria to be a Federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. It is located 15 miles west of New York City in the town of Montclair. Additional information about our department can be found on our website: .

Applicants of all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and nationalities are welcome in our department. We especially encourage applications from women and groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.