Visiting Faculty Position in Physics or Astronomy at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Part-time


Bennington College invites applications for a one-term visiting faculty position in physics or astronomy for Spring 2023 (February 21 to May 31). Teaching responsibilities include two courses, one of which will be the second half of an entry-level course in physics, with specific focus of the other course to be determined by the candidate. We are interested in candidates who would teach an additional introductory or advanced course in the general areas of Physics, Astronomy, or Earth Sciences. Ph.D. preferred.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which manifests in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. Candidates that can demonstrate excellence in teaching are especially encouraged to apply. 

Bennington serves a student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially diverse, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and student) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applications from women and/or candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and diverse realms of interest and experience to apply. 

Candidates should apply online by submitting the following: a) a cover letter; b) a curriculum vitae including names and contact information of three professional references; c) a teaching statement, including pedagogical approaches to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion; and d) examples of recent relevant professional work. Review of applications is ongoing, with preference being given to applicants submitting materials before November 15, 2022. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.