Physics Instructor (Tenure Track)

Highline Community College

Job Description


General Summary

Highline College welcomes faculty who are committed to using or learning to use evidence-based practices to improve the success of our racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students and close equity gaps experienced by students from historically minoritized groups. We strongly encourage members of historically minoritized groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

To grow our workforce, we seek applicants who demonstrate that they:

  • Honor HC’s mission to strive for social justice and partner with our global students to envision, plan and achieve their educational and professional goals
  • Care about student success and collaborate on strategies to facilitate success for historically underserved populations
  • Engage in equity pedagogy to support the success of our racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse student population
  • Welcome difference and model respectful interaction with others
  • Value intellectual curiosity and innovation.
Addition information is available at https://www.highline.edu/about-us/.


Essential Tasks

Responsible for teaching a variety of college-level physics courses, including Calculus and Algebra-based Physics, Physics for non-science majors, Engineering 100 Orientation to Engineering Careers, and STEM 101 Pathway to STEM Success. Design courses, prepare course materials, provide instruction, and ensure student performance for college-level coursework, using online course management technology, including online, hybrid, and off-campus sections. Teach Physics lab sections and manage and purchase lab equipment as needed. Participate in departmental, college, and professional service activities. Participate in faculty development opportunities related to discipline, program, and/or methods of teaching. Strengthen the department's collaborations internally and externally and contribute to the college's efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion through development of holistic data models and action plans. Position may include additional duties that utilize the required skills.

Teaching on-line classes is permitted up to 100% with approval from VP for Academic Affairs and ability to hold office hours on campus for students and meetings with colleagues.


At Highline, successful faculty applicants demonstrate the ability to promote:

  • Active, inclusive and culturally relevant learning environments and curricula that welcome and engage all students, incorporating instructional technologies as appropriate to improve student attainment.
  • Cultural responsiveness and a commitment to equity in interactions with students, faculty, staff and community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities and ethnicities, socio-economic levels, identities and educational experiences.
  • Collaborative approaches to day-to-day activities, to the development of innovations and new initiatives and, when necessary, to problem-solving.
  • Self-reflection practice in teaching and learning, assessment, leadership, professional development and service.


Requires a Master of Science degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or a closely related field and two years of experience as a Physics Lecturer, or Graduate Research Associate or related.

Experience must include: prepare and teach college-level coursework for physics, including calculus-based physics, and related; design and grade quizzes, assignments, and course exams for physics coursework at the college level; incorporate inclusive teaching practices founded on scholarship of teaching and learning for diverse student populations; mentor undergraduate level research projects in physics, and promote diverse student success; develop physics models to capture complex systems for experiential data, computational modeling, and stochastic methods analysis; experience teaching and outreach with high school populations; prior successful work with a diverse student population; and demonstrate cultural responsiveness leadership in interactions with students and co-workers through communities of practice, community service and student clubs.

Will accept paid or unpaid internship, research or co-op experience gained during academic studies.



Supplemental Information

The Physical Science Department works as a team to empower our diverse student community to achieve their educational goals through innovative instruction, curriculum, placement, and support. For more information on the Physical Science Department, see https://www.highline.edu

Your online application must include the following four attachments to be considered complete:

  • A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position.
  • A letter of application (two-page maximum) that addresses your ability to meet the FACULTY-WIDE SKILLS AND ABILITIES for appointment. Please include in your letter lower-division undergraduate courses taught, and number of times taught.
  • A one-page response to the DIVERSITY STATEMENT found in the Supplemental Tab above.
  • Unofficial Transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate course work and degrees (official transcripts required upon employment).


Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524- 5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00PM Pacific Time.


Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.


The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.


Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website https://humanresources.highline.edu/faculty-and-staff/policies/title-ix/

The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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