Saturday, August 19, 2017

FT Lecturer, Auburn AL

Position Information
Job Title Lecturer - Physics
Posting Number P0987F
Position Summary Information
Job Description Summary
The Physics Department at Auburn University is seeking a highly qualified individual for a Lecturer position. This is a nine month, non-tenure track position. The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy, (2) interact with other faculty and staff to contribute to current and future innovative pedagogical efforts in undergraduate teaching, and (3) supervise graduate teaching assistants.

Candidates need to include in their application a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references. More information on these positions can be found at:

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Physics or a related field. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

Desired Qualifications
Experience in physics education research (PER), lecture demonstration activities, and teaching large lecture classes is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Posting Detail Information
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
References required for this position? Yes
If yes, minimum number requested 3
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
Other Documentation

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TT at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

 The Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting late August 2018.
We seek a broadly trained physicist who has the potential to establish a highly visible undergraduate research program and who will be passionate about teaching physics at every level of the curriculum in a primarily undergraduate, residential, liberal arts-centered institution. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and pedagogy will connect and integrate physics with other disciplines and who have the potential to collaboratively contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly efforts within the School of Science and at the College.
The search is primarily focused on candidates who can support the department’s geophysics degree specialization.  This includes supporting introductory-level geology courses and establishing a student-centered experimental research program.  Candidates with research specializations in geophysics or planetary science/exoplanets will receive preference.  An earned doctorate in physics, or a closely related field, is required.  Although post-doctoral experience is preferred, other backgrounds will be considered; ABDs will be considered only if the degree will be completed prior to the start date.
Teaching and research are mutually supportive activities at TCNJ.  Candidates should be strongly committed to the teacher-scholar model, to maintaining both high-quality teaching and an active and productive research program involving highly motivated undergraduates, and to seeking external funding consistent with this mission.  Our expectation is that a substantial portion of the new faculty member’s research will be performed on campus and will involve undergraduates.  Faculty members also serve as academic advisors and have service responsibilities within the Department, School, and College. A newly renovated research laboratory and competitive start-up funds will be provided.
To Apply
To apply, compile a single PDF file containing the items listed below. 
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (3 pages maximum)
  • Description of research interests, including the role of undergraduates (3 pages maximum)
  • Statement of commitment to inclusivity and diversity
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation are required, including at least one commenting on teaching effectiveness. Letters should be emailed directly by the recommenders to with the name of the candidate in the subject line.
Applications are due by October 10, 2017.  Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the deadline.
About the Department of Physics
The Physics Department, which currently has nine full-time, tenure-line faculty members and approximately 80 majors, is housed in a modern science complex that offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation, including research-grade SEM and AFM facilities and a new 27-inch telescope.  Candidates who can leverage these facilities with undergraduates are preferred. TCNJ's Department of Physics is consistently ranked by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTec) as a national leader in the graduation of both physics majors and of high school physics teachers. For more information about the department, visit:
About TCNJ
Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our nearly 6,500 undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM.  Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%.  TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research. TCNJ was awarded the inaugural “Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment” from the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2016.  In part because of TCNJ’s intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula and institutional culture, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years.  TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit
To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.  TCNJ has also been a proud recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, which has worked to support the careers of women faculty members in STEM disciplines by developing systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women.
Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Physics Laboratory Instructor (Immediate Opening) University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Applications are invited for the position of Physics Laboratory Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for Fall 2017. The successful candidate will coordinate with physics faculty to implement/revise laboratories for algebra-based general physics, calculus-based general physics, and/or introductory astronomyLabs meet for two hours/week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (mornings and afternoons). 

Candidates are expected to hold a B.S. in physics with preference for candidates with a M.S. degree in physics/physics education and physics teaching experience. The appointment is initially for one semester, but may be extended depending on performance and availability of funding.

Applicants should submit a resume/CV and a statement of physics teaching experience via email or US mail to: Dr. Mark Lattery, Dept. of Physics/Astronomy, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8644 ( Review of applications will begin immediately will continue until the position has been filled. Employment requires criminal background check. AA/EOE.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lab transformation Physics Education Postdoc, Michigan State

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. The successful candidate for the current position will work to develop assessments of student learning for introductory physics laboratories and conduct research on learning and practice in these laboratories.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with physics and education faculty to:
     develop an integrated plan of course evaluation and innovation;
     identify specific learning goals that represent faculty-consensus;
     develop valid assessments of student learning in this course;
     participate in and supervise the development of instructional routines, materials, and practices for improving student learning in this course; and
     publish assessment tools and findings in Physics Education journals.
The candidate will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the Physics Education Research Lab ( and in Michigan State's CREATE4STEM Institute (

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics or physics education with preference to candidates with graduate or postdoctoral experience in physics education research, particularly in the area of introductory laboratories. The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding teaching and mentoring skills, strong content knowledge, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work with undergraduate students, grad students, faculty, and staff in a collaborative environment. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of teaching philosophy and experiences to (posting number 450385). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on Oct 1, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Danny Caballero, Faculty Advisor for the Physics Education Research Lab,

MSU is an Affirmative ActionEqual Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications andor nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Biology Education Research Postdoc, University of Washington

Postdoctoral Position: Biology Education Research at the University of Washington
The UW Biology Education Research Group (BERG) seeks candidates with strong quantitative analysis skills for a full-time postdoctoral position to evaluate the effectiveness of an institution-wide faculty development project: CAUSE for transformation: The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Student Education project. CAUSE is an NSF-funded project that will be comprised of faculty from seven major undergraduate departments (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Computer Science, Public Health). The core of the program is a 2-year Exploration and Implementation experience that helps participants learn evidence-based teaching methods, supports them during initial implementation of the methods, places them in a community of practice, and provides “graduates” with opportunities for professional advancement as a CAUSE Fellow.

The position will be under the supervision of Drs. Mary Pat Wenderoth and Jennifer Doherty in the UW Biology Department and Dr. Deborah Wiegand in the UW Chemistry Department. The postdoc will have opportunities to collaborate with a diverse network of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students—locally through the UW DBER community and nationally through participation in meetings such as the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER).

Candidates must have:
·         a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in a STEM discipline, STEM education, public health, statistics, measurement or a closely related field completed in the last three years
·         strong quantitative analysis skills
·         success in publishing and presenting research findings
·         demonstrated interest in education research
·         excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

Preference will be given to candidates who have, or are willing to acquire, expertise in the following:
·         faculty development
·         Bloom analysis of exams
·         classroom observation protocols (i.e., PORTAAL)
·         project management
·         web-based data collection and database management

The postdoctoral fellow responsibilities include:
·         collection and management of databases for student demographic information, PORTAAL scores, Bloom scores, student exam performance, and ATI, SCII, ETLQ survey results
·         quantitative analysis
·         assistance with the bi-weekly faculty development meetings of the CAUSE fellows
·         project logistics
·         training and mentoring undergraduate research assistants
·         creating annual reports for each CAUSE fellow with a summary of PORTAAL scores, Bloom scores and observed achievement gaps in exam performance
·         being lead author on research publications and meeting presentations

The position is full-time (100% FTE) 12-month appointment with a salary of $47,484, including benefits (Research Associate, UW Job Code 0148). The position is intended to be a two or three-year position, contingent upon satisfactory performance, available funding and university policies.

To apply, send (1) a cover letter, (2) a one-page summary of the your education research interests, and (3) a curriculum vitae to in one PDF file named “CAUSE Postdoc LastName FirstName.pdf”. Please be ready to provide telephone numbers of three references and a sample publication if requested. Review of applications will begin Sept 1, 2017; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The ideal starting date is November 2017, but is negotiable.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Academic Director, Physics Education Non-Profit

Science Non-Profit Seeks Academic Director
See the Change ( works to improve science skills, especially among girls and other groups underrepresented in STEM fields, through middle school physics instruction. We do this in two fundamental ways: providing engaging, hands-on curriculum and delivering professional development that equips teachers to provide high-quality instruction.
We are searching for an academic director to join our fast-growing organization. Our ideal colleague is excited about the prospect of coaching middle-school teachers on the path to becoming effective at hands-on physics instruction. Being able to design and deliver engaging professional development is a must; deep knowledge of physics is a plus but not essential.
We are based in Colorado, but open to a person working remotely. Currently about 20,000 students in five states use our program, so it will probably be necessary to do some travel.
Our academic director will work with the team to make our curriculum stronger, our assessments more useful, and our professional development sessions even more awesome.
If the idea of delivering cool science to kids, working with a creative and motivated team, and striving to change education at a root level intrigues you, contact Dr. Spencer Downing, Executive Vice President,

Assistant Professor of Physics or Physics Education - University of the Virgin Islands

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Physics or Physics Education

Position Number

College of Science & Mathematics

Job Description
The University of the Virgin Islands is advertising one full-time non-tenure-track faculty position. This position is designed to support the expansion of UVI's dual degree applied mathematics program to the Albert A. Sheen campus, to reinforce STEM and STEM education offerings there, and to support the new physics major. Successful candidates will be expected to teach introductory and mid-level physics and mathematics while furthering the goals of these programs outside the classroom and in the community.

Employment is expected to begin in January, 2018. Compensation will be commensurate with the teaching and research experience level of the successful candidates. One-way travel for the appointee and immediate family as well as an allowance for shipping costs will be paid by the University for relocation to St. Croix.

The University of the Virgin Islands is a Historically Black publicly supported land-grant institution. UVI is seeking faculty who will ensure high academic standards in a nurturing and learner-centered environment in keeping with our HBCU status through scholarly research and teaching excellence. Appointees must be able to work productively with colleagues and students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; serve on the University's committees; and contribute to the development of the University's Strategic Plan, Pathways to Greatness 2017.

Required Qualifications
Successful applicants will hold a PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Physics Education, or a related discipline at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
The College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences has a strong commitment to education in the broadest sense. The ideal candidate will desire to engage actively with students at the university and in the community to increase STEM aptitude across the US Virgin Islands.

Posting Details

Posting Number


St. Croix

Position Type

Number of Vacancies- part time

Posted Salary
Commensurate with experience

Advertised Job Duties
The Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences in the College of Science and Mathematics at UVI is seeking candidates for a full-time, non-tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in the Spring of 2018. Commitment to quality undergraduate teaching, continuing scholarship and university service are required.

This position supports the expansion of UVI's physics and applied mathematics offerings in the College of Science and Mathematics and on the Albert A. Sheen campus on the island of St. Croix. The successful candidate will be able to lead introductory and mid-level physics courses while also teaching introductory mathematics as needed, generally at the algebra and pre-calculus levels. The successful candidate is also expected to take advantage of opportunities for development of a research program, ranging from projects with VI-EPSCoR, to the scholarship of teaching and learning to developing activities to complement that active astrophysics research ongoing at Etelman Observatory on the St. Thomas campus.

The University of the Virgin Islands is a Historically Black publicly supported land-grant institution. UVI is seeking faculty who will ensure high academic standards in a nurturing and learner-centered environment in keeping with our HBCU status through scholarly research and teaching excellence. Appointees must be able to work productively with colleagues and students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; serve on the University's committees; and contribute to the development of the University's Strategic Plan, Pathways to Greatness 2017 .

Open Date

Close Date

Special Instructions to Applicant
Email is the preferred method of communicating with applicants at the University of Virgin Islands. You will be required to supply your email address during the application process.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADA accommodation for the purposes of employment should contact the Human Resources Office at (340)693-1410.

For information about relocating to the US Virgin Islands, please visit the Virgin Islands Moving Center at:

Monday, July 31, 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar - East Carolina University

Postdoctoral Scholar
The STEM Collaborative for Research in Education (STEM CoRE) at East Carolina University (ECU) is seeking a candidate for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin in the fall semester of 2017. Primary responsibilities include data collection, management, analysis and dissemination for an NSF funded project. The project's goal is to transform foundational undergraduate laboratory courses through an inclusive curricula across the three disciplines, using a common laboratory structure, language and emphasis for instruction. Multiple types of published, validated interdisciplinary assessments will be used, allowing triangulation of data within and between disciplines. This position is guaranteed funding for three-years.
Candidates should have a PhD in a physical or life science field with an emphasis on science education or an education research field, such as evaluation and measurement, or curriculum & instruction. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as a strong personal commitment to undergraduate STEM education. Preference will be given to candidates with qualitative and quantitative education research experience as well as a broad knowledge of social statistical methods.
To apply, please log on to to view job posting details and search for Position #: PDS-CHEM-07-17.

Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a CV/Resume and a cover letter stating your experience research in STEM in higher education; and provide contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin on August 2, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.
For additional information about the position, please contact Joi Walker at or 252-328-9772.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lab Adjunct, College of Mt. Saint Vincent, NY

Physics Adjunct: General Physics Laboratory

THE COLLEGE OF MOUNT SAINT VINCENT has a part-time (adjunct) position available in
the Division of Natural Sciences to teach two General Physics I Labs (Fall 2017) for undergraduate science majors. Each lab meets for three hours per week on Monday afternoon and evening. General Physics is a two-semester course employing an algebra-based approach to the basic concepts of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics and elementary atomic and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on biological applications.

Applicants must have a master’s or doctoral degree physics degree. It is desirable for the applicant to have prior college teaching experience. The laboratories are conducted using Vernier date collection equipment.

Please email by August. 5, 2017 a brief cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy (recommended), and the names of and contact information for three people who could recommend you in a professional (teaching) capacity. The email should be sent to Dr. Daniel Amarante,, and Dr. Ana Ribeiro,

Friday, July 28, 2017

TWO Postdocs, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY

RIT HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative
Open Postdoctoral Positions

The Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning & Evaluation (CASTLE) at the Rochester Institute of Technology seeks two post-docs in the areas of physics, biology or chemistry education to join an HHMI-funded project focusing on fostering a culture of inclusivity and equity in the natural sciences. Additional teaching and/or research activities may be negotiated, with particular flexibility to pursue research questions related to inclusivity and equity.
The program develops faculty to proactively recruit and mentor targeted students in undergraduate research and creates new course materials to improve reflective and metacognitive strategies. Postdocs will work with PIs to develop and implement workshop materials, design and administer evaluations, and interview faculty and student participants. Additionally, post-docs will have opportunity to contribute to activities that develop an inclusive, college-wide faculty/student and student/student community.
The position is fully funded through HHMI and CASTLE; the joint funding enables flexibility for non-HHMI related work, joining ongoing discipline-based education research projects within the Science & Mathematics Education Research Collaborative (SMERC) or teaching courses in the appropriate discipline (physics, biology or chemistry) or within the Learning Assistant program. A non-full time appointment to allow time for personal projects may be negotiated.
FTE salary: ~$50,000 depending on experience, with full benefits.
Start date & term:  January of 2018; exact date negotiable. Initial appointment will be for one year (renewable for another year).
Minimum Qualifications:
·       Ph.D. in STEM or STEM education discipline
·       Desire to engage fully with the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative journal clubs, research group meetings and other activities
·       Demonstrated commitment to equity in both teaching and research foci, and familiarity with contemporary efforts to achieve equity and foster an inclusive environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
·       Experience in STEM education research
·       Experience teaching at the undergraduate level
·       Ability/desire to participate in associated CASTLE programs
How to apply: Applications will be accepted through RIT’s online portal at Additonal information can be foundon the CASTLE webpage at  
Contact: Scott Franklin ( or Dina Newman ( with any questions.     

Saturday, July 22, 2017

TT in PER at San Jose State Univeristy

Editor's note: This position was previously posted as rumored. It has now been confirmed and posted. Applicants with PhDs in any discipline who are active physics education researchers, and who meet the qualifications below will be considered.

San José State University San José, California
Physics Education Research Job Opening ID (JOID): 24185
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

Qualifications: Doctoral degree in Physics or related field is required. The ideal candidate will specialize in Physics Education Research (PER). We are especially interested in candidates who have interest and experience in curricular design and evaluation. Candidates should be familiar with a variety of contemporary, research-based teaching practices. Applicants who have an interest in introductory physics course reform are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach courses at the BS/BA and MS level, and engage in physics education research. The candidate will also develop an externally funded research program that provides support and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will participate in committees and advising. The candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 17, 2018 Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Application Procedure: For full consideration, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and the names and contact information of three references by November 1, 2017 to 

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence. San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. The latest San José State University Safety 101 Uniform Campus Crime and Security Report is available. You may request a copy of San José State University’s annual safety report by contacting the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or by visiting the University Police Department website at (

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rumored: PhysPort Postdoc, Kansas State University (remote option)

Kansas State University is hiring a postdoctoral research associate for a new project to study the use and impact of by physics faculty, and to determine ways to increase its effectiveness. PhysPort is an online professional development resource that supports physics faculty in implementing research-based teaching and assessment in their classrooms by providing expert recommendations, based on Physics Education Research (PER). The goal of this project will answer the following research questions:
1. How do physics faculty use PhysPort?
2. What is the impact of PhysPort on teaching practice for both faculty and departments?

As a postdoc, your work may include observing and interviewing interviewing physics faculty, performing phenomenographic and statistical analyses, preparing research results for publication and presentation, assisting with supervising students, and assisting with designing changes to PhysPort based on research results. You will work closely with Ellie Sayre (PhysPort Research Director, Kansas State University), Sam McKagan (PhysPort Director, American Association of Physics Teachers), Adrian Madsen (PhysPort Assistant Director, American Association of Physics Teachers), and a team of researchers at Kansas State University and AAPT.

This position is based at Kansas State University, but involves close collaboration with a geographically distributed team and we will consider hiring someone who would work remotely.

We are passionate about the professional development of our postdocs. You will receive training on research, writing papers and grant proposals, user-centered design, and working with a team.

Preferred qualifications:
  • PhD/EdD in STEM field or physics/science education
  • Enthusiastic learner
  • Passion for improving the state of physics education at the university level
  • Successful research record and the ability to conduct independent research
  • Ability to listen and draw out people’s experiences and perspectives (e.g. in the context of interviews)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with physics faculty
  • Experience with research into faculty/teacher change, instructional change, institutional change, and/or faculty/teacher professional development
  • Experience with qualitative research including interviewing and video analysis
  • Experience with statistics
  • Strong communication and writing skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Ability to work with a geographically distributed team
We realize that no one person has all of these preferred qualifications; a successful candidate might have some of them. If you are interested in this position, we encourage you to apply, or at least contact us with questions.

If you have any questions about the project or the position, please contact Ellie ( or Sam (

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coordinator of Digital Instruction - Purdue IN

Coordinator of Digital Instruction - West Lafayette - Physics and Astronomy ( Job Number: 1701131)

Manage and maintain existing and emerging digital technologies, aid in the development of courses, and lead new instructional innovations.  Work with faculty in development of digital materials and provide leadership for the latest developments in teaching and learning technologies.  Troubleshoot online course modules and assist faculty with problem resolution.  Coordinate development of online course resources (course web sites, learning objects, digital media, online quizzes and surveys, instructional simulations, etc.).  Coordinate with other Purdue entities and maintain course-related social networking sites.


• Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) or related Educational field
• Capacity to develop, evaluate and implement instructional design strategies into courses.
• Familiarity with context of online learning in higher education nationwide.

• Experience with consulting for and the development of online instructional resources.
• Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies and best practices for integrating with online instruction.
• Expertise with instructional design strategies.
• Project management skills.
• Demonstrated computer skills.
• Skills with key software packages related to online instructional development, web site design such as Dreamweaver and Cascade.
• Skills with Blackboard and familiarity with other common LMSs
• Ability to utilize social networking tools such as Facebook.
• Proficiency in analyzing data and communicate trends and issues.
• Ability to produce and edit video from various environments (classrooms, green room).
• Ability to collaborate with multiple constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate with faculty and staff.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.

Additional Information:
• A background check will be required for employment.
• FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
• Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
• Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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FIVE Postdocs with PERL@MSU, Michigan State

Five postdocs with PERL@MSU

PERL@MSU is a growing and vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. An opportune place to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, teaching, and outreach in physics, PERL@MSU collaborates with various universities across the world as well as with researchers at MSU working in CREATE for STEM, the college of education, and the learning sciences.

Postdoc in Informal Physics Education
A new NSF funded project led by Prof. Katie Hinko ( seeks to determine the landscape of informal physics programming across the United States. A postdoc is sought to help develop a survey of informal efforts, construct a taxonomy of those programs, and study “successful” and “failed” programs to determine the culture and resources needed to support such programs.

Two Postdocs in Computational Physics Education in HS classrooms
A new NSF funded project led by Prof. Danny Caballero ( and Prof. Paul Irving ( seeks to develop computational modeling activities for high school classrooms in Michigan in collaboration with participating high school teachers. Two postdocs are to help study student learning and engagement as well as teacher’s instructional practices.

Postdoc in Introductory Laboratory Assessment and Evaluation
An existing Howard Hughes Medical Institute project led by Prof. Danny Caballero ( and Dr. Bill Martinez resulted in the development and implementation of laboratory courses for life science majors. A postdoc is sought to help develop and test a laboratory assessment aligned with AAPT lab guidelines and locally-developed faculty- consensus learning goals.

Postdoc in Computational Physics Education in Undergraduate Classrooms
A new Center for Excellence in Education has been established at the University of Oslo. An initial effort of this Center for Computing in Science Education is to develop assessments for computational physics that are widely applicable to introductory courses in which computing is taught. A postdoc will collaborate with Prof. Danny Caballero ( to support those efforts. Relocation to Oslo, Norway is expected.

Monday, July 17, 2017

FT Renewable Physics Education Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma is continuing our search for a Full Time Renewable Term Assistant Professor in physics education. The successful candidate will join our faculty members in efforts to improve our undergraduate students' learning and implementing evidence-based practices in teaching. This position will start January 1, 2018, or as soon after as possible.

The primary aspects of this position are to teach three or four courses per year, manage and enhance the teaching resources available to our faculty, and supervise graduate students running introductory laboratories. The person in this position will also work with interested department members to improve their individual courses and provide expertise in departmental curriculum reform. The successful candidate is expected to remain current in the results of physics education research. Engaging in research activities is an option, based on the interests of the candidate.


Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. degree in physics, astronomy, physics education, astronomy education, or a closely related field by January 1,2018. Candidates should have an excellent record of physics and/or astronomy instruction and a demonstrated interest in instructional effectiveness at the undergraduate level.

The position has a five-year review based on goals set by the job description, and determined by the department chair and the successful candidate. Promotion to higher rank is possible.

Application and Deadline Information

Interested individuals should submit a single PDF file to,  containing: a cover letter describing interest in this position, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching experience and goals, and a summary of research accomplishments. The teaching and research statements should be a total of 8 pages or less combined. Candidates should also request three letters of recommendation be sent directly to

To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible; application review will begin October 1,2017.

For more information about the department, visit Requests for more information can be addressed to Dr. Bruce Mason, head of the search committee, at The position will remain open until filled.

Postdoc, Cal Poly Pomona

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position Announcement

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow. The successful candidate will work with Associate Prof. Homeyra Sadaghiani on a broad array of topics related to the NSF-funded (#1626482) collaborative research projects titled: Collaborative Research: Research as a base to develop adaptable curricula bridging instructional paradigms in Quantum Mechanics.

The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow include: contribute to research in understanding student learning of quantum mechanism, develop and analyze assessment data; contribute to the development of curriculum and assessment material; conduct semi-structured interviews; analyze qualitative data and student work; participate in collaborative project meetings of the team members; present research at conferences; and draft manuscripts for peer reviewed publication. This position may include a possible teaching opportunity in Modern Physics and/or undergraduate Quantum Mechanics for one 10-week quarter course per year. The successful candidate will develop their teaching portfolio with the guidance and support of department faculty, who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning.

The project leadership includes Gina Passante (CSU Fullerton), Steve Pollock (University of Colorado Boulder), and Homeyra Sadaghiani (Cal Poly Pomona). The postdoctoral fellow will be located in California, but will work closely with all members of the project team. The postdoc will be housed at Cal Poly Pomona the first year, and with suitable progress it is expected that the successful candidate will continue for a second year appointment at Cal State University Fullerton.

Required experience: Ph.D. in Physics or Physics Education Research- familiarity with Discipline-based education research methodologies. A demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently.

Desired experience: Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: Physics Education research in upper division undergraduate courses, using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data; instrument development and assessment; developing interview protocols; strong oral and written communication skills.

Salary: $50,000 to $55,000 depending on experience. Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and a retirement program currently offered through CalPERS.

Start date: Between January 2018 and August 2018. (Exact date will be negotiated with the successful candidate.)

Term: One year at Cal Poly Pomona and with suitable progress a second year at Cal State Fullerton.

How to apply: Applicants should submit letter of interest, current CV including a list of publications; Statement of Teaching Philosophy; a Statement of Research Interests describing the candidate's relevant background and interest in physics education research; and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Homeyra Sadaghiani at The review of the applications will start on November 1, 2017, and the position will remain open till it is filled.

Included Benefits:
Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and a retirement program currently offered through CalPERS.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Foundation are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Postdoc, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is hiring a Research Associate in STEM Education to start in September 2017

The position:
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to split time between conducting research and leading the development of a thriving community of faculty who teach Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) classes.
Research topics may include (but are not limited to):
  • How faculty create courses from collection of curricular materials, use online resources, and engage in online communities
  • How user interfaces can affect course design
  • How community building activities such as workshops and social media can help faculty incorporate, adapt and maintain innovative instructional methods in their teaching.
Community building activities may include (but are not limited to):
  • Conducting in-person and online workshops for physics faculty
  • Seeding and facilitating online discussions
  • Learning about and engaging in best practices for creating thriving online communities

The project:
IPLS-Portal is a collaborative project between the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and 8 colleges and universities to create a web portal to collect and curate curricular materials developed for Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) classes, and to sustain a community of educators dedicated to iteratively improving instruction in these courses. The project started approximately one year ago and we have conducted initial research into how physics faculty plan IPLS courses, categorize curricular materials, create curricular materials, and collaborate with other instructors in their course planning and implementation. We have a large collection of interview and focus group data available for analysis for a wide variety of investigations. Over the next 3 years, the project will create a large database of interdisciplinary curricular materials that is easily searchable and browsable, support faculty in adapting these materials, help faculty design new IPLS courses that fit their specific circumstances, and sustain a community educators interacting and learning through the portal. We aim to create a thriving community of IPLS instructors who share stories, ideas, and materials through professional development workshops and extended online and in-person interactions. Finally, we will conduct extensive research into the use of the database and the curricular materials therein, and the evolution of the community of users.

Preferred qualifications:
  • PhD/EdD in STEM field or physics/science education
  • Enthusiastic learner (because this project will involve research in many different areas, your ability to learn is more important than extensive experience in relevant areas)
  • Understands how to listen and draw out people’s experiences and perspectives (e.g. in the context of interviews)
  • Experience with research into faculty/teacher change, instructional change, institutional change, and/or faculty/teacher professional development
  • Experience with an existing online community of educators
  • Experience with qualitative research including interviewing and video analysis
  • Strong communication and writing skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Ability to work with a geographically distributed team

  • Employer: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Location: Preferably in the DC area, but will consider hiring someone who would work remotely
  • Supervisors: Primary supervisor Chandra Turpen, with additional advising by a team of researchers at the University of Maryland (Joe Redish), Montgomery College (Raluca Teodorescu), and the American Association of Physics Teachers (Sam McKagan and Adrian Madsen).
  • Start date: Prefer September 2017, but will be flexible for the right candidate
  • Time commitment: Prefer full-time, but will be flexible for the right candidate
  • Length of appointment: 1-year contract, renewable up to 3 years
For more information:

To apply:
Please submit the following to Chandra Turpen at
  • Cover letter, including:

    • Why you are interested in this position
    • Why you are a good fit for this position
    • Your preferred start date
    • When you received or expect to receive your PhD or EdD
    • Your preferred work location (College Park, MD; or elsewhere)
    • Your preferred full-time or part-time status (ranging from 50% to 100% time)
  • CV, including:
    • List of publications
    • Education, research, and community-building experience
    • Contact information for three references