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>


Tenure-Track Opening: Assistant Professor of Physics

Bard College invites applications for a tenure-track position in experimental physics at the rank of assistant professor, to begin fall 2016. Preference will be given to applicants specializing in the subfield of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, but strong applicants from all experimental fields are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach throughout the physics curriculum, including laboratory courses, advanced courses, non-majors courses, and courses of their own design. The candidate would be expected to develop a research program that can involve undergraduate students, for which funding and recently renovated lab space in our Reem-Kayden Science Center are available. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics and preferably post-doctoral experience.

To apply, submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation (at least one addressing teaching) through Interfolio at:

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Bard College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a rapidly growing Science Division and is an equal opportunity employer — we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Cadden-Zimansky at

Black Holes & White Holes on Public Radio

Black Holes & White Holes on Public Radio

Prof. Hal Haggard talks about his research into how black holes might die on Public Radio's Academic Minute.