Program Overview

Program Overview

The Physics Program at Bard College is dedicated to helping students at all levels gain a better understanding of the universe and how it works.

As in all Bard programs, classes are small, with 20-30 students in the introductory classes, 10-15 in intermediate classes, and 1-5 in advanced classes and tutorials. This allows a high level of student-teacher interaction, as each faculty member handles all aspects of the course themselves: lectures, laboratories, discussion sections, and grading. That way, we are well attuned to the strengths and the needs of each of our students. Classes are never solely lectures, as student questions and comments lead to clarification or elaboration, or take the discussion in unexpected directions. Outside of class, faculty spend a great deal of time with individuals or small groups of students, discussing homework problems, laboratory work, or extensions beyond what was covered in class. more>


Job Opening:  Full-time, Tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Astronomy or Astrophysics

The Bard College Physics Program invites applications for a tenure-track position in astronomy or astrophysics within the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing beginning in the fall semester of 2019.  Bard College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a rapidly growing Science Division and Physics Program, located 100 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. 

Applicants would be expected to develop a research program that can involve undergraduate students for which start-up funds and internal resources are available and would be supported in developing observational infrastructure at the College.  Members of the Physics Program have the opportunity to collaborate closely with faculty members throughout the Division and the College in research and curricular development. 

A successful applicant will have the opportunity to teach throughout the physics curriculum, including laboratory courses, advanced courses, and non-majors courses, as well as astronomy or astrophysics courses of their own design at all levels.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics and preferably post-doctoral experience. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation (at least one addressing teaching) through Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Haggard at