Friday, May 29, 2009

Lecturer at U Wisconsin-Platteville

One-year lecturer appointment teaching introductory physics or physical science and laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Qualifications: An M.S. in physics or a related field is required. Teaching experience is desired. The successful candidate must be committed to undergraduate education and will have demonstrated commitment to or experience with diverse populations. Additional information about this position and the department can be found at

Appointment Date: August 24, 2009
Additional Info: University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, is a comprehensive University of approximately 5800 undergraduates located in the hill and stream region of Southwestern Wisconsin. The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science has approximately 2000 students in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering Physics, and Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and Software Engineering. The university also offers degrees in biology and agriculture as well as a MEMS/Nanotechnology minor. The Engineering Physics program is ABET accredited and offers an engineering major as well as a physics minor with either an education or science emphasis. There are currently about 50 EP majors in our program. This position has been created by a recent retirement.

Applications: Send a letter of application, a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of commitment to fostering campus diversity, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Physics Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099

Application Date: Review of applications will begin June 10, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, seeks to build a diverse faculty and staff and encourages applications from women and persons of color. The names of nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities be kept confidential, and of all finalists, will be released upon request.

VAP at Penn State Altoona

The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, invites applications for a one-year, fixed-term appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Physics in the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences beginning in the fall of 2009. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely allied discipline, and a strong interest in undergraduate instruction. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all undergraduate levels ranging from physics for non-scientists to rigorous courses for science and engineering majors. Teaching duties will consist of 12 contact hours per week in lecture and/or laboratory courses. The successful candidate will be expected to perform service activities (e.g., professional, university, community) and have opportunities to develop undergraduate research projects, as well as continue their scholarly activity. Travel funds in support of professional development are available. Penn State Altoona offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package.

Applicants should send a letter of application establishing their qualifications; a current vita; graduate and undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of an interview); a description of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; and a minimum of three letters of reference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and accompanying materials electronically to in Word or PDF formats. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Non-electronic inquiries, applications, and additional materials should be sent to:

Chair, Search Committee for Physics (Fixed Term I)
Penn State Altoona
Pos. C-30210
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601-3760

For additional information on Penn State Altoona, please visit our web page at

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Postdoc at the University of Maine

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research at the University of Maine anticipates that a post-doctoral position will be available in the Fall of 2009 in physical or life sciences education research, mathematics education research or a closely related field. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in science, mathematics, science or mathematics education or a closely related field, have a strong research record, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have a record of successful science or mathematics education research and who possess an interdisciplinary background. The successful candidate will contribute to interdisciplinary research in the Center, participate in writing proposals for external funding, and teach one course each year at the introductory undergraduate level or in the Center’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Teaching program. Preference will be given to those who have experience in educating teachers and who have successful grant-writing experience.

The position is a twelve-month appointment, with possible renewal for a second year, and preference will be given to those who can start sometime during the Fall of 2009. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of three representative publications, and the names and addresses (including e-mail and phone) of at least three referees to:
Center Post-doctoral Position,
c/o Ms. Leisa Preble,
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
The University of Maine,
5709 Bennett Hall,
Orono, ME 04469-5709;
Tel. (207) 581-1016; F
ax. (207) 581-3410.

Materials may be submitted electronically to For more information about the Center, please see Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity /
Affirmative Action Employer.

Lab coordinator or postdoc, Texas Tech University

Senior Research Associate – Coordinator of Laboratories
Texas Tech University Department of Physics

Full-time professional staff position

The Department of Physics at Texas Tech University (TTU) seeks a fulltime laboratory coordinator to oversee all aspects of the undergraduate teaching laboratories. This will include laboratory development and the implementation of new teaching techniques, consistent with broader departmental goals for the improvement of undergraduate instruction. We seek a physicist who keeps current on new and innovative instructional methods, laboratory techniques and physics education research (PER) or a physics education research (PER) postdoctoral researcher (in which case the period of employment would be two years). The laboratory coordinator will be expected to seek externally funded grants in support of the educational needs of the laboratory and the department and, if the coordinator is a PER researcher or interested in PER research, to conduct physics education research in the laboratories. Duties will include the acquisition and maintenance of equipment, assigning, training, scheduling and supervising teaching assistants, and organizing, acquiring and maintaining lecture demonstration equipment. The coordinator will also supervise the undergraduate laboratory technician and teach introductory lecture and laboratory sections as needed.

Would like an advanced degree in physics or related fields, with experience in teaching introductory laboratory courses. Ability to interact effectively with faculty and graduate teaching assistants towards the goal of continuing improvement of the undergraduate laboratory program of the Department of Physics.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Search starts immediately.

Starting no later than 1 August 2009

Send 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) names of three references, and 3) statement of interest and experience to

[Ed. Note: this opening is related to this one, but it seems the job has been revised slightly.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Studentships and postdocs (x6) at University of the Witwatersrand

Doctoral and Post Doctoral Posts in Mathematics and Science Education

The Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand aims to promote excellence, innovation and, leadership in mathematics and science education. The centre wishes to make appointments as soon as possible as detailed below. The Marang Centre has obtained funding from the Standard Bank of South Africa for research into five areas. These are:

Multilingualism and the learning of mathematics and science in school
Mathematical literacy
Science Awareness and Informal Learning
Mathematics and science knowledge for teaching
Effective methods for teaching mathematics and science

Additionally, a new project will shortly be under way focused on professional development within the teaching of secondary mathematics. There is also an interest in Marang in primary mathematics teaching and in tertiary teaching of maths and science.

We wish to make six doctoral or post doctoral appointments – four in mathematics and two in science education in 2009. Thus 6 full time posts are available, tenable for 4 years in the case of doctoral fellows and 2 years in the case of post doctoral fellows.

Qualifications and Conditions:

Postdoctoral students must have completed a doctoral degree in either mathematics or science education within the last five years at a university other than Wits University. In exceptional cases we may be able to motivate for Wits graduates. Interest and/or expertise in one of the above areas.

Doctoral Students must be accepted to register or be registered at Wits University for a doctoral degree in one of the above research areas.

In both cases, an untaxed allowance and medical insurance will be provided.

Interested candidates should apply to Professor Marissa Rollnick at the Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education, Wits School of Education, Wits University, P.O. Wits 2050. Please include in your application a detailed CV, certified copies of your qualifications and the names of three contactable referees, as well as a motivation for the research you are interested in pursuing.

Enquiries: Phone: (011) 717 3265; Fax: (011) 717 3259
For specific enquiries in mathematics education contact, Professor Jill Adler,
Closing date: 30th May 2009

TT at Bloomsburg Univ.

The Department of Physics and Engineering Technology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, starting August 2009. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in physics or closely related field. Physicists from all sub-disciplines are encouraged to apply. Commitment to innovative, quality undergraduate instruction is essential. Teaching assignments may include general physics, physical science, AUTOCAD, and other physics courses. College teaching experience will be an advantage. The successful candidate must be prepared to initiate independent research. Preference will be given to applicants with research interest in Environmental Physics or Sustainable Energy. The department offers undergraduate degrees in physics, health physics, and electronics engineering technology.

Send a letter of application, resume, copies (unofficial) of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and the names and phone numbers of three people familiar with your work to: Dr. Ghassan Ibrahim, Search Committee Chair (AA#54-8-138/Ext), Department of Physics & Engineering Technology, Bloomsburg University of PA, 400 E. Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. For full consideration please send complete applications by May 22, 2009 although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists must communicate well and successfully complete an on-campus interview process and/or teaching demonstration. Recommendation for hiring is needed by the majority of the regular, full-time faculty.

Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations is preferred. Bloomsburg University of PA encourages applications from historically under-represented individuals, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities and is an AA/EEO employer. Completing this search is contingent on available funding.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Postdoc at University of Pittsburgh

U Pitt is looking for a postdoc to do Physics Education Research starting
Summer or Fall 2009. We are especially interested in someone who will
focus on improving learning in the upper-level courses. Examples of
responsibilities include investigations of difficulties via interviews
and surveys, exploiting learning theory to develop and evaluate
research based tools and dissemination of results via publications and
presentations. We strongly encourage that women and others from
underrepresented groups apply. A Ph.D. in physics or related field is
required. The position is for one year but can be extended based upon
mutual agreement and if additional funding becomes available.
Publications related to our prior work can be found at
If interested, please send your CV via email to

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

University of Copenhagen Associate/Assistant Professor in Science or Math Education

At the Department of Science Education, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, a position as Associate Professor, alternatively as Assistant Professor (see below*), within the field of Science or Mathematics Education with reference to University Pedagogy, is open to appointment from September 1, 2009 (or as soon as possible).

Job description and applicant qualifications

The Associate Professor's core duties will be teaching, development, and research in the area of university pedagogy and science education, including mathematics education, mostly at the tertiary level. A research record at the level of an Associate Professorship is required. Candidates should therefore have a research record at an international level within science
or mathematics education, while preference will be given to candidates whose research addresses issues related mostly to university teacher training.

Teaching activities will primarily include university teaching training programmes, including supervision, as well as the course Introduction to University Pedagogy. Teaching at the Dept. should conform to quality standards outlined in Danish (see kvalitetsstandard for undervisning at

The position also involves education development activities including projects carried out in cooperation with other Depts. and academic staff of the Faculty of Science aiming to improve the quality, in terms of student learning, of the teaching and educational programmes of the Faculty. For examples of current development projects, see

Qualifications in research, teaching and educational development will all be given significant weight in the final choice of the
candidate to be retained. According to the Ministerial Circular on Job Structure, appointment to this position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent scientific qualification.

Research area

Research will include, but need not be limited to, methods and activities which support teaching and development activities at the Dept. on a longer-term basis to promote synergistic effects. As research collaborations within the department are valued, candidates will be preferred who could join efforts with one or more permanent members of the Dept. A list of recent research
publications from the Dept. can be found at

About the Department

The Dept. of Science Education performs research, development, and teaching in science education (including mathematics). It has activities at all educational levels, but mainly within upper secondary and tertiary education. Information on the Dept. can be found at Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Dept. 
Jens Dolin,
universitetsparken 15, 2nd floor, 2100
Copenhagen, tel. +45 3532 0420, 

*For Assistant Professors

According to the Ministerial Circular on Job Structure, appointment requires a Ph.D. or corresponding scientific qualification.
Appointment to this position is temporary and limited to 4 years. During that period, the Assistant Professor must attend a course in pedagogy (adjunktp=E6dagogikum) or provide evidence of similar qualifications. If an applicant is appointed as an Assistant Professor, the appointment will be transferred to an Associate Professorship after a positive assessment for the
position of Associate Professor. This can earliest be done after 2 years employment as Assistant Professor.

Terms of employment

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement (in Danish) between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (

While negotiation for salary supplement is possible, the starting salaries are currently:

- Assistant Professors up to DKK 376,296 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 64,346).
- Associate Professors up to DKK 407,256 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,640).


Must be in English, emailed as a single PDF file to
(Subject line: Your last name, 211-0220), and include in the following order:

- Curriculum vitae (with applicants e-mail address & telephone number)
- Description (max. 5 pages) of current and proposed research including its relation to other research at the Department
- Documentation of teaching experience and other qualifications
- Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 2 professional references
- Complete publication list indicating max. 5 papers particularly relevant to the application
- Reprints of the 5 particularly relevant papers (included, most recent first, in the single file)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline for application

Applications must be submitted by email by May 27, 2009 at noon, 12:00 pm local Danish time. Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Assessment of applicants

Will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field. The teaching, managerial, out-reach, and innovative qualifications of applicants will also be
considered. Assessment guidelines, pursuant to revisions, are available in English and Danish at

Such guidelines include:

Applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment committee.
Applicants must provide supplementary documentation if requested by the committee.
Applicants may be summoned for an interview and/or requested to give a trial lecture.
Each applicant will receive that part of the assessment relating to him/herself.


Instructor at Moberly Area Community College

SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR - Master's degree required. Must be versatile. Courses to be taught include physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy and atmospheric science. Additional graduate hours in biological science a plus. This is a full-time, 9 ¼ month position at the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, MO, with excellent benefits.
To apply, please send resume, references and transcripts to: Personnel Office, Moberly Area Community College, 101 College Ave., Moberly, MO 65270. EOE/AA (

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

TT at Union College (KY)

Physics assistant professor -- 9-month, tenure track appointment beginning August 2009. We seek an individual with a commitment to quality teaching in the undergraduate setting. Master’s degree and experience required, doctorate preferred.

Teaching responsibilities include the general physics sequence, physical science for non-majors, heat and thermodynamics, and physical chemistry.

Other responsibilities include student advising, committee work, participation in departmental and college service activities, and involvement in professional development activities.

Review of faculty applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Interested faculty applicants should forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including a list of 3-5 references), (unofficial) transcripts (official ones will be required of successful candidates), evidence of successful teaching, and a statement addressing familiarity with and use of technology in teaching to:

Dr. Thomas McFarland,
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Union College,
310 College Street,
Campus Box D-2,
Barbourville, KY 40906

E-mail applications are welcome and should be sent directly from candidates to, Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs. Union College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

VAP at Colgate University

The Colgate University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in physics to begin in fall 2009.

A Ph.D. in physics or a related discipline is required, and previous teaching experience is an advantage. We seek a person with a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Academic responsibilities will primarily be teaching our introductory level physics courses for non-majors, with the option of an upper level course or a course in Colgate’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Although the candidate will have no research requirements during this appointment, collaboration with current faculty is possible. Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in a picturesque village in central New York. The department has nine faculty members and maintains well-equipped research laboratories in quantum and optical physics, condensed matter physics, and observational astronomy, located in the new Ho Science Center that is configured to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Candidates should send a curriculum vitae plus a letter describing teaching experience and objectives, and a short description of research experience. The CV should include a publication list and the names of three individuals who have been asked by the candidate to send letters of recommendation. At least two letters should address the candidate’s teaching qualifications, and one should address the candidate’s research experience.

All materials should be sent to:
Thomas Balonek,
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Colgate University,
13 Oak Drive,
NY 13346.

Formal applications may be made by email (as pdf attachments) or regular mail. Email inquiries are welcome. Applications received by June 1, 2009 will receive full consideration; applications will be considered until the position is filled. Colgate is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, student body, and staff further the University’s educational mission.

Contact -
Thomas Balonek, Chair;
Department of Physics and Astronomy;
Colgate University;
13 Oak Drive; Hamilton, NY 13346.
Telephone – 315 228 7767.
Email –
Website –

Associate/Full Professor, Teacher Ed./Teacher Prep at U of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

The Department of Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor to serve as Coordinator of Teacher Preparation, a university wide function at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Coordinator has primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of school and district partnerships as well as for compliance of the Teacher Preparation Program with DPI licensure requirements. The Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education in advancing the mission and vision of the Department and implementing its policies. The Coordinator reports to the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education.

Responsibilities: The Coordinator shall be a faculty member holding the rank of associate or full professor, and shall, within the constraints of performing duties as Coordinator, be expected to be professionally active in the areas of teaching, research and service. The Coordinator is responsible for:

* Meeting Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements for teacher licensure and program accreditation
* Collaborating with the Teacher Education Department Chair and faculty in aligning the Teacher Preparation Program with state requirements, institutional priorities and local needs
* Representing the Teacher Preparation Program at selected state and community functions
* Supporting the Chair of the Teacher Education Department in the interpretation of DPI and university policies, goals, and practices to community partners
* Keeping Teacher Education faculty and content faculty apprised of issues affecting the Teacher Preparation Program
* Leading data collection efforts and preparing program reports as required by DPI and/or the university
* Serving as chief certification officer
* Fostering close partnerships with area schools and districts
* Working with the deans, department chairs, and program directors in matters related to evaluation and assessment
* Collaborating with concerned parties in the writing of department grants
* Teaching two courses per year in area of expertise

Required Qualifications:
* Doctorate in education or closely related field.
* A record of teaching, scholarship, service, and leadership at the post-secondary level to warrant appointment as an associate or full professor
* Minimum of three years of successful teaching in PK-12 schools
* Demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and commitment to teacher preparation
* Demonstrated leadership skills
* Demonstrated administrative experience in education
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* A record of commitment to promotion of diversity in curriculum, hiring, and climate for faculty, students, and community, including affirmative action and equal opportunity
* Understanding of relevant state and federal regulations as they affect teacher education
* Experience with standards-based, outcomes-driven approaches to teacher preparation, teacher certification and licensure
* Consultative skills needed to relate effectively with school district personnel and community members and organizations

Preferred Qualifications:
* Experience in obtaining and managing grants and external funding
* Experience in K-12 classroom-based teacher research and other research methods

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, evidence of scholarly or creative activity, graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable at application stage) and the names and contact information for three professional references to:

Darlene Safransky
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

Electronic submissions accepted. Please direct them to Darlene Safransky:

Applications received by June 8, 2009 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer D/M/V/W