Instructor of Engineering or Physics – 8052

FLSA Employment Category: Salaried; Exempt; Faculty; 9 months

DEPARTMENT: Physics and Engineering


The Department of Physics and Engineering at Alma College invites applications for a full-time Instructor/Lecturer of Engineering or Physics beginning August 2024. This is a one-year faculty position.


The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to student-centered engineering and physics education in a liberal arts context. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory physics, a Digital Fabrication course that introduces CAD and engineering design, and possibly other coursework according to candidate expertise. Full-time teaching load is six courses per year.


An earned Master’s degree or (preferred) Ph.D. earned or ABD is required, in any field of Engineering, Physics, or a closely related field. (Candidates with a background in Computer or Electrical Engineering are especially encouraged to apply.) Experience working with underrepresented, first-generation, Pell-eligible, and diverse populations is preferred.


The successful applicant will work alongside two tenured faculty in Physics and Engineering, in active collaboration with faculty from the department of Math and Computer Science. We offer majors in Physics, Engineering Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and hope to hire a tenure-track professor in Computer Engineering or a related field to start in August 2025. The College also offers majors in Computer Science and Mathematics. The faculty has a deep commitment to quality liberal arts education; student development in a residential setting; student projects and research; ethical and safe practices; and interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international education. Salary, benefits, and support for professional development are competitive.


Applicants must electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable initially), a one-page teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information (phone, email) of three references to the Alma College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Review of applicants will begin on April 24, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Alma College is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College: Diverse Fields by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders, Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. For more information about Alma College visit