Monday, February 19, 2018

One Year Temporary Lectureship, Saginaw Valley State University, MI 

Position Information
Job TitleLecturer, Physics (One-Year, Temporary)  
Division/CollegeAcademic Affairs/College of Science, Engineering & Technology  
Employee GroupFaculty  
Employee StatusFull Time  
Work Schedule 

The Physics Department at Saginaw Valley State University invites applications for a one year Lecturer of Physics position starting Fall 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory freshman and sophomore classes, laboratory courses, including general education courses such as astronomy and meteorology. The teaching responsibilities will total approximately 12 contact hours per semester. A strong preference will be shown for candidates with college level teaching experience and with ability to teach general education courses in astronomy and meteorology.  

Candidates for this position must have a master's degree in Physics or a closely related field.  

College level teaching experience and ability to teach general education courses in astronomy and meteorology preferred.  
Additional Information:Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  
Required DocumentsCover Letter
Curriculum Vitae  
Special Instructions to ApplicantsUnofficial transcripts (bachelor's and master's degrees)

Applicants MUST apply online:

Please include the following:

Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Unofficial transcripts(bachelor's and master's degrees).  
Date Posted:02-07-2018  
Posting Ends:Open Until Filled
About SVSUSaginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its nearly 9,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized SVSU as a "Great College to Work For" in 2016 and 2017.

SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.

SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students' performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels.

More than 70 percent of SVSU freshmen live on campus in student housing. SVSU fields 17 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level. The average class size is 23 students. For more information, please visit our website,  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

STEM Education Research Associate, University of Maryland College Park

The University of Maryland is hiring a Research Associate in STEM Education to start in Spring 2018

The position:
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to assist in conducting research on 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 physics faculty create courses from collection of curricular materials, use online resources, and engage in online communities
- 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 among physics faculty
- Learning about and engaging in best practices for creating thriving online communities

The project:
The Living Physics 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 just over 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. We have created designs for, and are currently implementing, an online system for faculty to share and discuss interdisciplinary curricular materials. This system will be 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), and the American Association of Physics Teachers (Sam McKagan and Adrian Madsen).
- Start date: Anytime between February and September 2018.
- Time commitment: Prefer full-time, but flexible for the right candidate
- Length of appointment: 1-year contract, renewable up to 3 years
For more information,contact Chandra Turpen:

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

DBER Postdoc, University of Central Florida

General description of position:

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral level position to join an interdisciplinary discipline-based education research (DBER) team at the University of Central Florida. The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Jackie Chini in physics, Dr. Erin Saitta in chemistry, and Dr. Charles Hughes in computer science/simulation to conduct research on preparing graduate teaching assistants for student-centered instruction using a mixed-reality simulator. This project, funded by the National Science Foundation, uses an existing set of student-avatars for GTAs to develop and rehearse teaching skills and tracks changes in GTAs’ actions in the simulator back to their classroom practices and their students’ learning outcomes. An example of our early research in this environment was published in the Physical Review Physics Education Research:

The DBER community at UCF is large and growing. The Chini research group includes an existing postdoc, four graduate students, and multiple undergraduate students; more details are available at The physics department includes a second tenure-track faculty member in PER, and the chemistry department includes three chemistry education research lecturers. Additional faculty in several STEM departments also engage in education research.

This is an initial 12-month appointment, with potential renewal for a second year. The successful candidate will participate in personalized professional mentoring as part of UCF’s Preeminent Postdoctoral Program. Professional development activities may include training on and participation in grant writing, training in mentoring and scaffolded mentoring of students, participation in the STEM Education Reading Group, and participation in the UCF iSTEM Faculty Fellows program (for disciplinary faculty working on education projects).

Job description:

The successful candidate will spend at least 50% of their time on the GTA training project, but due to the nature of the funding, there is some freedom to collaborate on existing projects and to lead new research directions. Duties will include designing simulator lessons, conducting classroom observations and interviews, collecting student learning data, data analysis, preparing manuscripts for STEM education journals, presenting at related conferences, and supporting graduate and undergraduate researchers.

The candidate is expected to start by June 30, 2018. The salary is $50,000 plus benefits. The successful candidate will also receive a one-time $5000 stipend to support personal research activities (usable for expenses such as travel, page fees, and human subjects support).

Required minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education Research, Chemistry, Chemistry Education Research or a closely related field by June 30, 2018 (minimally, all degree requirements must be met if the degree has not yet been conferred by the deadline); familiarity with discipline-based education research methodologies; a demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and work independently.

 Preferred qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: conducting and analyzing classroom observations; conducting and analyzing interviews; GTA/teacher professional development; teaching student-centered STEM courses; strong oral and written communication skills.


Employer: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Location: Orlando, FL

Start date: March to June 2018

To apply: Please submit the following to For full consideration, please submit materials by Sunday March 4, 2017.

1.       Cover letter, including:
a.       Why you are interested in this position
b.       Why you are a good fit for this position
c.       Your preferred start date
d.       When you received or expect to receive your PhD
e.       Your research interests
f.        How this position is consistent with your academic trajectory

2.       CV, including:
a.       Complete list of publications
b.       Education and research experience
c.       Contact information for three references.

Please contact us (Jackie Chini at; Erin Saitta at; full team at for questions.

Additional Information:

The University of Central Florida is currently the second largest school in the United States by student enrollment. UCF is located in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Physics Software Content Associate, Charleston SC

Physics Software Content Associate 

Fast-growing software company is seeking candidates for a full-time Physics Software

Content Associate position in Charleston, SC. 

Master’s Degree in Physics is required along with higher-education teaching or tutoring experience

in introductory level, algebra and calculus based Physics courses. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.


Preparing instructional content and assessments to input in an online platform

Proofreading and revising instructional content based on internal and external reviews

Testing instructional content in an online platform

Contacting consultants and providing feedback on submitted work

Assisting the project coordinator with other tasks as needed

Desired Skills and Experience:

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Interest in the educational software and/or publishing industry

Experience teaching algebra and calculus based Physics is required

Master’s degree in Physics required

Applicant must be willing to relocate to Charleston, SC.

 Hawkes Learning offers a casual work environment that encourages collaboration and teamwork,

within and across departments. 

Company events, including food trucks, birthday and ‘Hawkes’iversary celebrations,

volunteer opportunities and team milestone festivities keep our office environment lively and exciting.

Applicants can reach out to to apply, they should attach their updated

resume and include in the subject line that they are applying for “Physics Software Content Associate”

FT Lecturer, University of New England, ME

Position TypeFaculty
Faculty TrackNon Tenure
Position TitleAssistant Lecturer, Physics
Employment StatusFull Time
CampusBiddeford, ME
The Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of New England invites applications for a full time, non tenure-track faculty position in physics at the rank of Assistant Lecturer beginning August, 2018.
Lecturers at UNE have teaching intensive, 9-month academic year appointments. They are eligible for promotion to Associate and Senior Lecturer, contingent on successful passage of formal reviews. Lecturers are full voting members of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly.
Facilities and Equipment
The Department of Chemistry and Physics is located primarily in Morgane Hall which houses two state-of-the-art studio physics labs each with a capacity of 24 students. Each lab has eight stations – three students/computer, Vernier LabPro interfaces, a range of probes, and LoggerPro software.
The Department of Chemistry and Physics has an energetic faculty actively engaged in teaching, program development, and undergraduate research. The department includes one tenured physics faculty position and two physics lecturers as well as seven tenure-track positions in chemistry and biochemistry, five chemistry lecturers, two laboratory assistants and a chemical hygiene officer / purchasing assistant. The physics faculty specializes in atomic force microscopy/nanotechnology and physics education research; current chemistry faculty members specialize in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic/medicinal chemistry, physical organic/photochemistry, and physical chemistry/computational chemistry. For more detailed information, please visit the department’s Web page: .
The University has campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine. The Department’s courses are offered on the Biddeford campus, located at the mouth of the Saco River, about 20 miles south of Portland and less than 2 hours from Boston. The area that offers a wide range of recreational and cultural opportunities. More information about the campus and region can be found by following links on the University’s Web Page (
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can specifically address potential for excellence in teaching
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)
For more information, contact the Department Chair, Dr. John Stubbs, or (207) 602-2152
The primary teaching responsibility includes the year-long General Physics introductory sequence taught in a student-centered studio physics setting. The Department teaches many life and health science majors, and seeks to connect relevant biological content to a physics foundation of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluids, and waves. The current studio physics courses use modeling physics instruction with activities adapted and implemented for an “Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences” (IPLS) approach. The individual may occasionally teach advanced courses in the Biophysics Minor.
In addition to teaching, the Lecturer is expected to participate in curriculum development, academic advising, recruiting, program assessment, and service to the department, college, and university.
The Department seeks candidates with a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates and who will become an actively engaged member of the Department and University community. A minimum of a Master’s degree in Physics or a closely-related field is required by the time of appointment. Individuals with a Ph.D. in physics education research, and/or experience or training in guided inquiry techniques are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates with backgrounds in either biophysics or medical physics are highly desirable.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number20160314P
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until FilledYes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of Recommendation
    4. Undergraduate Transcripts
    5. Graduate Transcripts
    6. Additional Document (Please see Posting Details for more information)

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    PER Postdoc, Cornell

    Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in physics education research (PER) in the Cornell Physics Education Research Lab (CPERL: through the Laboratory for Atomic and Solid State Physics and Physics Department at Cornell University.

    Job description:
    The CPERL currently has research projects focused on laboratory instruction and assessment development, with additional projects evaluating impacts of active learning, faculty and teaching assistant development, gender and diversity, and the role of hands-on versus simulation and virtual reality in learning. The successful candidate will pursue independent and group research projects in physics education research, preferably within this research portfolio. There is no specific grant or project associated with this position.

    CPERL is a growing research group at Cornell. There are a number of new graduate and undergraduate students involved, as well as participating faculty. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to mentor and work with many individuals, including teaching them about the history, methods, and culture of PER.

    Employer: Cornell University
    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Start date: Flexible.
    Time commitment: Prefer full-time, but will be flexible for the right candidate
    Length of appointment: Annual contracts renewable up to 3 years

    Preferred qualifications include any of the following:
    ·              Ph.D. in physics (or science) education research, physics or astronomy, or closely related field
    ·              Experience with relevant literature and education research methods: expertise in qualitative or quantitative research methods would be relevant
    ·              Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and to also work independently and pursue one’s own research questions
    ·              Enthusiasm to learn new methods, bodies of literature, etc.
    ·              Strong writing, project leadership, time management, and communication skills

    To apply:

    Submit a CV, cover letter, and a brief research statement including relevant background, interest or experience in physics education research, and proposed project ideas, as well as the names and email or phone contacts of three professional references to Dr. Natasha Holmes at

    Please also contact Dr. Holmes with any questions.

    Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    FT Lecturer, UW-Tacoma

    The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites applicants for one full-time Lecturer position in Physics in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics (SAM) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time renewable position with an appointment term of one to five years and a nine-month service period beginning September 16, 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with culturally diverse populations in higher education, integrate evidence-based and inclusive pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching and learning, mentor new majors in the sciences, and support the division, school, and institution through service. The teaching and updating of lower-division physics curriculum are important responsibilities of the position. The position requires at minimum a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in physics, applied physics, engineering, or a related field, and experience teaching introductory and/or upper division courses at the university or college level.
    We are especially interested in applicants committed to implementing best practices in teaching underserved populations, and who are prepared to develop and teach courses serving students from majors including environmental science, biomedical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and non-science/engineering majors. The successful candidate will become an integral member of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty and staff committed to excellence and innovation in teaching at an urban-serving campus. SAM faculty also have a strong reputation for incorporating service learning and community engagement in their teaching and scholarship.
    The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its core. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound.  Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting.  Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has an urban-serving mission, with access as a central value. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:
    Application Instructions
    To apply, please submit:
    (1)   A letter detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your qualifications and experience match the position’s description and the mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and UW Tacoma,
    (2)   A statement (one page maximum) detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarly engagement has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion,
    (3)   Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of courses you have taught and your role (e.g. primary instructor versus teaching assistant),
    (4)   Statement of your teaching philosophy,
    (5)   Evidence of teaching effectiveness [such as peer reviews, sample materials, a contextualized summary of course evaluations], and
    (6)   At least three letters of reference that address your teaching.
    Submit all application materials through, to be received by February 1, 2018. For further information, contact Dr. Peter Selkin at
    Our university strategic plan foregrounds our commitment to access in all of its forms. With this in mind, we affirm our commitment to value diverse experiences and perspectives and to strive to fully include everyone who engages with the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
    One critical feature of this commitment is accessible technology. Inaccessible information technology negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.
    All applicants should use the UW Accessibility Technology Guidelines to create any application materials that will be considered by the committee.
    Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation e-mail. This information will not be shared with the search committee.
    UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.
    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.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    STEM Education Postdoc, University of Maine

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:45333)
    School of Biology & Ecology
    Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm, evenings and weekends as necessary
    The postdoctoral research associate will be involved in a project that aims to enhance the experience of first-year STEM students at the university level.  The project will be focused on understanding the first-year student experience and designing professional development for faculty. Salary for this position is between $45,000 and $47,000 commensurate with experience.

    • Helping to develop and facilitating professional development programs targeting STEM faculty
    • Managing the collection and analyses of classroom observations and course artifacts
    • Interviewing STEM faculty on topics related to their instructional practices
    • Conducting statistical analyses on survey data collected from students enrolled in STEM courses
    • Providing logistical support for project coordination
    • Additional duties as assigned
    • Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree focused in STEM education or a STEM field by the start of the appointment.

    • Demonstrated  interest in education research, interactive teaching, faculty development, statistical analyses, and/or qualitative research
    • Excellent written communication skills evidenced through a record of scholarly publications
    • The ability to coordinate and manage projects with multiple data sources

    Reporting Relationship: The postdoctoral research associate will be co-mentored by Michelle Smith from the School of Biology and Ecology and MacKenzie Stetzer from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  This project is also in collaboration with Brian Couch and Marilyne Stains from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    Work Year:  Fiscal
    Work Schedule:  Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Work outside regular hours (to include evenings and weekends) may be necessary in order to meet the requirements of the position.   The employee shall establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor adjust the work schedule as appropriate.
    Schedule for Evaluation:  In accordance with UMPSA agreement.
    Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position".  You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references.  Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. 
    Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2018.  Materials received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
    Appropriate background checks are required.
    All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
    The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
    Fiscal Year (12 Months)
    Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV