Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Part-time (or short term) PER postdoc position at the University of Colorado

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics Education in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). The postdoc will work on a project titled “Quantum Education and Workforce Development.”  This project aims to answer the question: what skills, knowledge, and competencies do academic/government researchers and industrial partners want for quantum careers at the BS/MS/PhD level? This project will use interviews with academic and government lab researchers and quantum industries to answer this question.

The results from this study will be published for wide dissemination, as well as will inform a multi-college Quantum Education Task-force at the University of Colorado, which will create an implementation and assessment plan to make the new quantum workforce and education programs a reality.

The project is run jointly by Heather Lewandowski at the University of Colorado and Ben Zwickl at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The successful candidate may work remotely on the project or be located at CU. The total time for the project is the equivalent of eight months at full time work. This can be spread out over up to a year.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics, physics education research, or closely related field. Prior experience with quantum physics research or physics education research is preferred but not required.

To apply for the position please send the following materials to lewandoh@colorado.edu.

1. Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications described above, describes the applicant’s interest in joining the project, states the desired location and duration of work, and answers the following questions:

1.A) How do your previous experiences prepare you to work cooperatively and productively with colleagues and supervisors?

1.B) In this postdoctoral research position, you will gain significant skills in physics education research. How do you envision those skills will be useful to you later in your career?

1.C) If you prefer to work remotely rather than at CU, please describe any experiences which demonstrate effective collaboration and productivity in a remote working context.

2. CV with references listed.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

PER Research Associate, MIT

Research Associate MIT: Physics Education Research

RELATE.MIT.edu group, Dave Pritchard
The REsearch on Learning Assessing and Tutoring Effectively group is studying and improving learning in demonstrable ways. Central to this is assessment: help create/improve our (not yet) complete set of research-based week by week topical quizzes and an assessment of reasoning skills for mechanics. Our goal is to provide students and teachers formative/summative assessments with resolution down to the sub-topic level, as well as evaluations of higher level skills.  This involves identifying and improving existing problems as well as authoring new ones, while always analyzing their performance and (hopefully) demonstrating their superiority over traditional hand-graded problems. The major responsibility of the research associate will be to collect and augment assessments, and ideas from the research literature, write new questions, and help understand the data.  We are also analyzing a large (17k) data set on the FCI emphasizing the diagnosis of specific student shortcomings on the pretest by mining information from the incorrect responses – ultimately to guide instruction. 
This postdoc will include curating resources, performing experimental/control group experiments to research which instructional resources teach which topics & learning objectives best, and especially the characteristics of expertise.  RELATE has expertise in educational data mining, psychometrics including multi-dimensional item response theory, and experience in designing online experiments. (see http://RELATE.mit.edu)  Our postdocs generally participate in the physics department’s teaching and online education.

Requisite Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of Physics (esp. mechanics and E&M) and education research literature
Programming ability with Python and Statistics/data analysis skills, r
Teaching experience in introductory physics
Writing novel and clear questions and research articles

A Ph.D or Ed.D in physics or science education research, statistics and data mining, or cognitive science etc. is desired, but a physics BS with following teaching experience is OK.  Applicant must be comfortable working both alone and with others.  All former RELATE alumni have obtained positions in academia or education companies. Inquiries and applications (CV, cover letter, and list of at least three references) should be sent to relateMIT@gmail.com (please include “postdoc application” in subject line). Review of applications will begin immediately; starting date June to late Fall 2019. 

MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. For more information check http://web.mit.edu/physics/about/employment.html and http://relate.mit.edu/jobs.html .
Prof. David E. Pritchard  dpritch@mit.edu
Room 26-241 Dept. of Physics, MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave. , Cambridge, MA 02139.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Physics Educator, Art of Problem Solving, San Diego CA

Art of Problem Solving (AoPS, www.aops.com) develops educational opportunities for many of the most eager math and science students in the world. We have trained tens of thousands of the country’s top students in the last 15 years, and our international online community of advanced problem solvers has nearly 400,000 members. Our students need materials and applications specifically designed to train the people who are going to make many of the technological, mathematical, scientific, medical, and economic advances of the next generation.

AoPS has recently expanded into physics with the successful implementation of PhysicsWOOT, an advanced course in problem-solving for high school physics competitions. Now, we seek a physics educator to join our team and help us build new material for many of the country’s top students.

You might be a good fit for this position if you want to inspire kids to dive deeper into physics by engaging them in solving rich and challenging problems. You’ve read about how our AoPS Online and AoPS Academy classes work. Your teaching experience has prepared you to transition into these environments and to work with both middle and high school students. You’re excited about teaching and developing lessons on a variety of topics, ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. You’ve also checked out our PhysicsWOOT page and are eager to help this new program continue to grow.

In this position, you will collaborate with the rest of our curriculum team to:
  • Design lessons for new online and in-person courses aimed at advanced middle and high schoolers.
  • Create labs that teach fundamentals of scientific practices, including model-building, communication, collaboration, data analysis, and experimental design.
  • Interact with students through teaching online courses, fostering conversations on our message boards, and working with students in person at our learning centers.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@aops.com. Also please include a writing sample, such as a lesson plan or other piece of educational writing. This position is full time in San Diego, CA.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Project Manager, APS, College Park MD

The American Physical Society (APS) the premier membership association for physicists, seeks a dynamic and personable science professional to fill the position of STEP UP Project Manager. Reporting to the Director of Project Development, the STEP UP Project Manager will help lead a national effort (STEP UP 4 Women) to dramatically increase the fraction of women majoring in physics at the undergraduate level. Develop, improve, and assess a wide variety of strategies organized around mobilizing 10,000+ high school teachers to implement research-based materials and tactics that are
encouraging young women to see themselves as members of the physics community. Utilize resources of the APS and work with our partners to build innovative components that will change the paradigm of gender diversity in physics and beyond.

A successful candidate must be able to work independently with limited supervision, be able to juggle multiple complex tasks, coordinate efforts with a variety of partners across the country, have excellent writing and speaking skills, and be able to manage and evaluate project components. This individual must be able to think strategically, prioritize work, help develop appropriate measures of effectiveness, and understand the literature relevant to improving gender diversity in physics. The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent experience that will allow them to engage immediately in the project’s innovative strategies for solving this long-standing issue in the discipline, and a commitment to improving gender diversity within the physics community. The position is a full-time temporary, 2-year appointment, located at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD, offering a competitive salary and benefits.

To apply, send cover letter with salary requirement, and resume to the attention of Human Resources via e-mail: personnel@aps.org

Career Program Manager, APS, College Park


Careers Program Manager
American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization with an operating budget of $55M and over 55,000 members working in academia, national laboratories, and industrial sectors. We are the leading society for physicists in the U.S. and throughout the world.  This position is based at the APS headquarters office located in College Park, MD (walking distance from the College Park Metro Station). 

Position Summary:
The Careers Program Manager directs efforts to provide career information and professional development resources for APS members, as well as the broader physics community, at all stages of degree and/or career path.

Develop and facilitate impactful career related activities for members at national meetings (e.g. career workshops, job fairs, networking opportunities, and the Future of Physics Days events).
Coordinate and facilitate APS career related Webinar broadcasts.
Develop and help market the Physics InSight slideshow.
Manage activities associated with the APS Local Links Program.
Manage, develop, and contribute content for the APS Careers Website and Vector publication.
Assist the Head of Career Programs in gathering and organizing key metrics for APS Career activities (e.g. reports, graphs, presentations).

A PhD (preferred) or Master’s in physics or similar field is required for this position. A minimum of 3 years of program management experience or equivalent is also required. Experience in organizing events and interacting with scientific professionals is necessary. Outstanding ability for writing reports and summaries, plus managing budgets is needed.

Familiarity and competence with all Microsoft Office Suite products (in particular Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power Point) and the online shared Google Suite (in particular Google Docs, Forms, and Sheets) is essential. Candidate must have strong organization, documentation, and prioritization skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and excellent attention to detail, plus the ability to work on several projects at one time and adapt to quickly changing schedules. Must be able to learn new skills and take necessary measures to carry out programmatic objectives, with or without direct instruction. A familiarity with basic HTML and with website content management systems is a plus. Some familiarity with issues affecting physics community through direct experience with physics research and pedagogy, and an ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders in the physics community is essential. Must have experience and skill navigating diverse relationships within a team. Comfort and facility in public speaking roles is also a plus.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Teaching Postdoc, University of Virginia

Job Description
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for several Lecturers and Postdoctoral Fellows in the College's core Engagements courses for a one-year appointment, renewable for two additional year's contingent upon satisfactory performance, starting the fall of 2019. Compensation will take the form of 9-month salary with full-time benefits. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and earned the Ph.D. in a liberal arts and sciences field by May 25, 2019 and no earlier than April 2015.

A pilot program by the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences, the New General Education Curriculum is composed of three conceptually related components: the Engagements, Literacies, and Disciplines. Postdoctoral Fellows, in consort with the College Fellows, will serve as instructors of record in the Engagements: four 2-credit courses designed to foster intellectual sensibilities that are generally deployed across all realms of inquiry. These include: Aesthetic Engagement, Empirical & Scientific Engagement, Engaging Difference, and Ethical Engagement.

Candidates will be responsible for developing one or two courses in one (or two) of the Engagement domains. For more information on the Engagements, visit: http://gened.as.virginia.edu.

In the 2019-20 academic year the postdoctoral fellows will teach three Engagement courses (2-credits each) in each semester (Fall and Spring).

In years two and three, should the contract be extended, candidates will develop and teach six engagement courses (2-credit each) per academic year.

Candidates will also be expected to pursue a vigorous research agenda grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. The candidate will be an active participant in the College Fellows - a cohort of faculty drawn from across the College and entrusted with crafting a unique and compelling first-year general education experience for A&S undergraduates. In addition, Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to participate in (and possibly lead) College Fellows sponsored events such as lectures for the University community, symposia, and seminars regarding the Liberal Arts & Sciences at UVA. Administrative duties will include participation in select general education committees that relate to the implementation of the new curriculum; these duties will be assigned by the Co-Directors for the College Fellows

To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0624605. Complete a Candidate Profile online and electronically attach the following:

1. A cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.
2. Writing Sample #1 - A writing sample of your choice no more than 20 pages or a research statement of no more than 2 pages.
3. Writing Sample #2 - A 1-page statement regarding the role of the liberal arts in the 21st-century curriculum.
4. Other #1 - A 2-page course description and syllabus for one of the four Engagements (please clearly indicate which you have selected).

Also, please submit three letters of recommendation including one from the Chair of your Ph.D. committee. Letters should be sent to Janet Spittler and Chad Wellmon, Co-directors of the College Fellows at collegefellows-dir@virginia.edu.

We will begin reviewing applications after January 28, 2019 and posting will remain open until filled. Finalists will be invited to Charlottesville for group interviews over the course of two days in spring 2019.

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to Richard Haverstrom at rkh6j@Virginia.edu.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Thursday, December 27, 2018

STEM Education Summer research positions for students at University of Oslo

Summer research positions
Summer research positions to undergraduate and Master’s students who are interested in STEM Education and data analytics.

The University of Oslo’s Center for Computing in Science Education (CCSE) is pleased to offer summer research positions to undergraduate and Master’s students who are interested in STEM Education and data analytics.

This summer program will provide opportunities for students to engage in cleaning, analyzing, and modeling educational data, which could provide insights into teaching and learning outcomes, degree attainment, and other important educational outcomes.

The work is supported by CCSE in collaboration with the Learning Machines Lab (https://learningmachineslab.github.io/) and is supervised by Profs. Danny Caballero and Anders Malthe-Sørenssen.

Students who are accepted into the program will be offered relocation expenses and a modest stipend. The program will run from 17 June 2019 to 16 August 2019.

If you have any questions please forward them to Danny Caballero at caballero@pa.msu.edu

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

TT/T (LPSoE/LSE) Physics Lecturer, University of California Santa Barbara

Tenure-Track/Tenured Teaching Faculty Position - Department of Physics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open level teaching faculty position as a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (tenure-track) or Lecturer with Security of Employment (tenured) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Physics Department seeks to hire a colleague committed to a career of leadership in its program for undergraduate physics majors, as well as to excellence in teaching a range of courses for budding physicists, other science students, and engineers. Faculty in this title are members of the Academic Senate, with benefits and privileges that parallel the professor track.
With close to 800 majors, UCSB’s undergraduate physics program is among the largest in the country and continues to grow rapidly. This dynamic environment provides many opportunities for change and innovation. UCSB was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) of leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Further information about physics at UCSB and our beautiful oceanside campus can be found at http://www.physics.ucsb.edu.
Responsibilities of teaching faculty include teaching related tasks for lower and upper division courses; mentorship of undergraduate, and potentially graduate students; professional and/or scholarly achievement and creative activity, particularly relating to instruction and pedagogy; and participation in university service. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD degree expected by appointment start date. Clear evidence of potential excellence in teaching is desired. Successful candidates will have a record of collaborative activity, and will be able to contribute the improvement of the undergraduate experience in the department and division. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, service and research as appropriate to the position.
Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include: 

• Cover letter 

• Curriculum vitae

• Statement of teaching

• Applicants will need to arrange for 3 -5 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website
Teaching evaluations and a statement of contributions to outreach and diversity are also welcome, but not required.
Applications received by December 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01376.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Instructor Position - Michigan State Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University seeks to fill a non-tenure-track instructor position beginning Fall 2019. The initial duration of the appointment will be one year (12 months) with expectation of continuing renewal based on satisfactory performance. Responsibilities will include teaching introductory physics courses and development of studio physics formats. The course load will typically be two sections per semester with additional teaching-related responsibilities. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The position requires an advanced degree (a Master's and/or PhD degree) in physics or physics education.

A successful candidate will demonstrate:
* Outstanding teaching and mentoring skills in physics, physics education, or related areas
* Strong knowledge of physics content and experimental physics practice
* An ability to work in a collaborative teaching environment with undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty
* Experience teaching in interactive engagement and/or active learning environments

The candidate will have opportunity to work the Physics Education Research Lab at MSU (https://perl.natsci.msu.edu/) on teaching and learning projects as interest and needs overlap.

Applicants should submit a CV and a statement of teaching philosophy and experiences to careers.msu.edu (posting number 548675). In addition, applicants should provide names and contact information for three references who may be contacted.

Review of applications will begin on Jan. 1st, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Professors Danny Caballero and/or Stuart Tessmer, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, instructorsearch2018(at)pa.msu.edu

Monday, November 26, 2018

NTT Assistant Professor - Physics Education Specialist, James Madison University VA


Position Details

Position Information
Working TitleAssistant Professor - Physics Education Specialist
Position Number8107
Posting NumberF1226
Position TypeInstructional Faculty - Full Time
Position StatusFull Time
College/DivisionCollege of Science and Mathematics
Department100032 - Physics Department
Pay RateCommensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
Is this a JMU only position?No
Is this a grant-funded position?No
Position Summary Information
About James Madison University
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.
Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.
General Information
The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a renewable-term, physics education specialist at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2019.
Our department is interested in candidates who are committed toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active and student-centered program. The department has 21 full-time faculty members and approximately 110 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. Additional information is available online at http:///www.jmu.edu/physics.
Duties and Responsibilities
The physics education specialist will work with the JMU Science and Mathematics Learning Center and others on campus to improve student success and retention in our introductory courses.
Candidates must have relevant experience in physics education, and a commitment to improving student success for a diverse population of students. A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is preferred. The ability to work with our existing efforts to increase the production of secondary level physics teachers and the ability to develop scholarly research questions based on student success in physics will also be considered as positive factors.
Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Date10/19/2018
Beginning Review Date12/01/2018
Closing Date
Open Until FilledYes
Proposed Starting Date08/25/2019
EEO Statement
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.
We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.
Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
Reasonable Accommodation Request
If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or jobs@jmu.edu. You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.
Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
Notice of Availability – Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.
The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml
You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
Minimum Reference(s) Required3
Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting
Additional Posting Information
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018. To apply, visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/4384 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1226. Candidates will complete the application and include a cover letter, current CV, and statement of teaching philosophy which includes your vision of how to improve student success in physics.
JMU’s Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2OTF1NG.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
    1. * How did you learn about this position?
      • Charlottesville Daily Progress
      • Chronicle of Higher Education
      • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
      • Employee Referral
      • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
      • HigherEdJobs.com
      • Hispanic Outlook
      • Indeed.com
      • INSIGHT Into Diversity
      • JMU JobLink
      • Job Fair
      • NCAA
      • Northern Virginia Daily
      • Nuevas Raices
      • Other Referral
      • Phone Inquiry
      • Radio
      • Richmond Times Dispatch
      • Roanoke Times
      • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
      • US Military Pipeline
      • VA Jobs Website
      • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
      • Walk-in
      • Washington Post
      • Winchester Star
      • Other
    2. * If you selected a source above please type "N/A" in the following box. If you selected "Other" please indicate where you heard about the position.
      (Open Ended Question)

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    FT Lecturer, Saginaw Valley State University, MI


    Position Information
    Job TitleLecturer, Physics  
    Division/CollegeAcademic Affairs/College of Science, Engineering & Technology  
    Employee GroupFaculty  
    Employee StatusFull Time  
    Work Schedule 
    Job SummaryJOB SUMMARY:

    The Physics Department at Saginaw Valley State University invites applications for a Lecturer of Physics position starting Fall of 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory freshman and sophomore courses and laboratory courses in physics as well as general education courses such as astronomy, meteorology and geology. The teaching responsibilities will total approximately 12 contact hours per semester. The successful candidate will also be expected to perform departmental service. A strong preference will be shown for candidates with college level teaching experience and with demonstrated ability to teach general education courses in astronomy and/or meteorology and/or geology.  
    Minimum QualificationsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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

    College level teaching experience and demonstrated ability to teach general education courses in astronomy and/or meteorology and/or geology.  
    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 (undergraduate and graduate)

    Applicants MUST apply online: www.jobs.svsu.edu

    Please include the following:

    Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)  
    Date Posted:11-08-2018  
    Posting Ends:Open Until Filled
    Quicklink for Postingjobopportunities.svsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54133  
    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, 2017 and 2018.

    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, http://www.svsu.edu.  

    T/TT in PER, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    The Department of Physics invites applicants for a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Physics Education Research, beginning as early as August 16, 2019. The PER group at the University of Illinois Department benefits from its full integration in the physics department, and the ability to work with outstanding students at all levels. The successful candidate is expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, have a strong record of publication, and to lead a vigorous research program at the cutting edge of the field. Ideal candidates include those who demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors. For full consideration, application materials must be received by November 25, 2018. Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu to view the complete position announcement and application instructions. 

    The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    NTT Assistant Teaching Professor, Georgetown University, DC

    Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Physics, Georgetown University

    The Department of Physics at Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-line renewable faculty appointment beginning Fall 2019. Responsibilities include teaching, physics education research (PER), and curriculum development and assessment in support of pedagogical initiatives in the department.

    Georgetown Physics has been an early implementer of many PER methods, including Tutorials in Introductory Physics. Current projects include development of innovative courses for non-science students, integration of computation into the physics curriculum, and novel use of technology in the classroom.

    Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in teaching with evidence of teaching effectiveness, in physics education research, and in engaging students of diverse backgrounds. The Department of Physics is committed to creating an inclusive environment for learning and research, and it welcomes applicants who will contribute to this goal.

    A complete application includes a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s training, professional experiences, and career goals as they pertain to this position, a CV, a statement describing commitment to innovative teaching practices, a statement of physics education research plans, a statement describing activities and goals for diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.  Applications must be submitted via AcademicJobsOnline, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12374. Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

    Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Academic Administrator, Office of Instructional Development, UCLA

    UCLA's Office of Instructional Development will be hiring an Academic Administrator to orchestrate the assessment and potential revision of courses satisfying the GE Foundations of Scientific Inquiry requirement. This will be an interesting project at the interface between the sciences, pedagogy, and assessment. We are seeking someone ideally with a science background, university teaching experience, pedagogy or assessment knowledge, and a PhD in either a science or education field. The posting is described in more detail below. Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday Nov. 2. 

    JPF04092 • Academic Administrator for Curricular Review and Revision, Center for
    Educational Assessment, Office of Instructional Development • 2018 – 2019

    Recruitment description
    Under the supervision of the Faculty Director for the Office of Instructional Development, the
    Academic Administrator will be responsible for the development and management of projects involving curricular revision and assessment. The first planned project is a thorough examination of UCLA’s General Education (GE) curriculum in the area of Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. The Academic Administrator will provide detailed analysis of existing instruments used to assess the success of GE courses, and develop new tools for such assessment. The Academic Administrator will conduct research on overall GE impact, review current course offerings, review literature on GE objectives and assessment, assist with revising existing courses, examine alignment between GE courses and GE student learning outcomes, and assist with coordinating a re-certification process. The incumbent may also teach in the Division of Life and Physical Sciences, time permitting. The Academic Administrator will also develop workshops for faculty related to GE course review and development. Authorship in his/her field is encouraged, time permitting, including preparing publications for conferences and peer-reviewed journals and assisting faculty with grant writing in support of new curricular programs as appropriate.

    The successful candidate must have an advanced degree (Ph.D. in a science field preferred); knowledge of undergraduate curriculum assessment and reform; experience working with academic policy and shared governance at a large public research university; skills in information retrieval and data management; demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to interact effectively in programs and activities involving faculty, staff, and students; consensus building activity; interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons of differing social, educational, economic and cultural backgrounds; a track record of innovation in a science oriented curriculum; the ability to be flexible and pay attention to detail while keeping in mind the overall mission of OID. Desirable qualities include knowledge of UCLA processes and procedures; broad familiarity with existing curricula, programs and services for UCLA undergraduates; and experience with teaching undergraduate students.

    The Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) provides evaluation and assessment services for academic and research needs. The Office of Instructional Development (OID) is part of the Division of Undergraduate Education and fosters effective teaching, grounded in sound pedagogy and enhanced by innovation, to promote successful learning for our diverse UCLA student population.

    Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position salary range is $60,304 to $75,927/year.

    Position remains open until filled. This is a full-time (100% time) position, with a projected November 2018 start date.

    By November 2, 2018, interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter of application that specifically addresses the position's responsibilities and the required/preferred qualifications stated above, a current CV, a statement of experience in teaching, research and contributions to diversity, and the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references, through the UCLA Academic Recruit portal: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04092

    Applicants may upload the reference letters directly to the job application in the UCLA Academic Recruit system, or may provide the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of the references; the UCLA Academic Recruit system will send emails to individual’s whose contact information was provided, requesting submission of the reference letter for the applicant. Regardless of the reference submission method used, all three letters of reference must be received by the closing date for the application to be considered complete.

    We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

    Information about the Office of Instructional Development may be viewed at: https://oid.ucla.edu

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    PER/AER/STEM Education Research Postdoc, Texas State

    Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics/Astronomy/STEM Education Research at Texas State University

    Summary of the position
    We are offering a postdoctoral-level research position in physics/astronomy/STEM education research in the Department of Physics at Texas State University. The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Alice Olmstead on mutually agreed-upon work related to supporting sustained improvements in undergraduate STEM education and/or developing instructional innovations that highlight social justice issues. An interested candidate would be expected to work on at least one (but not all) of the following new projects: (1) identifying teams of STEM faculty and other stakeholders who are working together to address issues of equity and inclusion in their departments or institutions, and investigating what enables this work to be productive; (2) facilitating virtual conversations among physics and/or astronomy instructors who are trying out ways to engage students in reasoning about the relationship between science and society, and researching what unique opportunities and challenges this community of instructors might face; and/or (3) locally developing and piloting curriculum and pedagogy that could engage students in reasoning about the relationship between science and society, and researching the results. This position is part of a startup package and not affiliated with a specific grant.

    Job description
    The salary for this position is $50,000/year plus benefits. The initial contract is for one year, renewable for a second year. The selected candidate would be expected to engage in research activities such as: collecting and analyzing video data; conducting and analyzing interviews; identifying and recruiting study participants; preparing documents for human subjects institutional review board feedback; reviewing relevant literature; and disseminating results through written publications and conference presentations. The selected candidate may have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students in research, depending on the interests and expertise of those involved. The selected candidate will also be expected to participate in grant proposal preparation activities related to their research topic.

    The Physics department at Texas State University is home to a large physics education research group and a thriving undergraduate Learning Assistant program. The research group currently includes four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, two lecturers, a postdoctoral researcher, two Masters students, and multiple undergraduate students. The selected candidate would have regular opportunities to interact with this group and learn about other projects.

    Minimum qualifications:
    -        Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Science Education, or another STEM and/or education-related field
    -        Demonstrated commitment to improving equity and inclusion in STEM
    -        Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    -        Enthusiastic and motivated learner

    Desirable qualifications:
    -        Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in research-based instructional strategies for undergraduate STEM
    -        A history of engaging in conversations about equity, ideally within scientific communities
    -        Experience developing, implementing, and/or assessing the impact of curricular materials
    -        Experience mentoring students in research

    -        Expertise in physical sciences (e.g., astronomy, physics, or a related field)
    -        Experience using qualitative research methods (e.g., conducting and analyzing interviews, analyzing video data)
    -        Knowledge of literature about faculty instructional change and/or organizational change
    -        Knowledge of critical theory and/or other theoretical perspectives that are well-suited for approaching questions related to equity in STEM

    Application process
    Review of applications will begin on November 20 and continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, preferably between the start of Spring 2019 and the end of Summer 2019. We are willing to explore the possibility of remote work arrangements for a candidate who meets most of all of the required and desirable qualifications, however, we cannot guarantee that this is an option and strong justification would be required. Interested candidates should submit a 1-2 page cover letter and a CV to Dr. Alice Olmstead at alice.olmstead@txstate.edu. The cover letter should explain the candidate’s interest in the position, including which of the projects listed above they would like to pursue, and why they are a good fit for this position (based on alignment with the required qualifications and at least a subset of the desirable qualifications). The cover letter should specify a preferred state date and, if the candidate has not yet received their PhD, when they expect to receive it. If the candidate is requesting a remote work arrangement, this should also be specified in the letter. The CV should include a list of publications, professional development or leadership experiences, and contact information for three professional references. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation.