admissionprof wrote:Yes, there are a few. Theorists have an advantage in that they do not need start-up. However, teaching a 3-3 course load, which is typical, makes it hard to conduct substantial research (especially without grad students or postdocs, or time to travel during the academic year). I just checked the advanced Award search on NSF Fastlane, using the HE theory program and looking for RUI (means "research at undergraduate institution") and found 10 names. Of course, a few might get DOE funding and some might do research without funding, but it is probably less than one per year (given a 30 year career).
Yet there are those "non-graduate" departments where professors still have to supervise independent study and/or undergraduate, senior theses. (Villanova, the first such department I've ever heard about, uses senior theses quite a bit) Do they count towards the "3-3" teaching load?
That way profs at that sort of schools can still conduct research after all, whether theoretical (regardless of physical field, since, like you said, they do not need expensive start-up like many condensed matter, biophysics or plasma experimentalists do), experimental (for some reason I think about particle experimentalists when I think about what sort of experimentalists would find a way to teach at that sort of place, although I can be wrong) or observational (astrophysics guys that mostly do data analysis, much like the aforementionned particle experimentalists)