Friday, February 25, 2011

Instructor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Editor's note: The listing does not specify that it is tenure-track, but one duty is to "fulfill other standard responsibilities of tenure-track faculty members."

DUTIES: Responsibilities will include a range of Physics courses including calculus-based Physics, Algebra and Trigonometry-Based Physics, Technical Physics, Introductory Physics, Health Physics, and Fire Science Physics. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in curriculum development and review, actively support the College and division mission, engage in committee work and service, and fulfill other standard responsibilities of tenure-track faculty members.

SPECIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Physics or Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate level courses in Physics. A minimum of three years of teaching experience is required, preferably in a community college environment. Experience in distance education and with appropriate instructional technology in the classroom environment is desirable. Candidates must have proven success in addressing the needs of students from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Experience in curriculum development is preferred. This is a teaching-oriented position rather than a research-oriented position. More information here.

TT at San Francisco Community College

Physics Instructor, (Tenure-Track), San Francisco Community College District
Posting Number: 0110010
Filing Deadline (All postings close at 4:00 PM): 03-07-2011
Job Type: Faculty - Tenure-Track

Examples of Duties:
1. Teach physics courses, ranging from preparatory physics, technical physics, conceptual physics, to university level freshmen/sophomore courses.
2. Teach preparatory courses specifically designed to enhance the transition from high school to the beginning college level.
3. Teach conceptual based courses aimed at an audience with little background in quantitative analysis.
4. Teach laboratory courses; this would also include proper care and use of laboratory equipment.
5. Serve on departmental and college committees such as staff meetings, committee work, faculty evaluations, and others, as needed for the proper functioning of the department and the college.
6. Contribute to the improvement of existing courses and to the development of new courses as needed.
7. Teach day, evening, and/or Saturday classes.
8. Teach classes at one or more sites as required.
9. Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
To apply, please visit our website at

VAP at Willamette University

Position: Full-time, two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics.

Description: The Physics Department at Willamette University invites applications for a two-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor beginning in August 2011. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in physics and must demonstrate interest in teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting where faculty work closely with students. Experience or interest in teaching general-education Astronomy or Physics preferred but not required. For more information about the Department please see our web site

TT at Foothill-De Anza Community College

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the full-time tenure track faculty position of Engineering/Physics Instructor, Foothill College.

Under the direction of the Division Dean, Physical Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, instruct community college engineering and physics courses to a diverse student population. Engineering courses range from introductory to discipline specific such as circuits, materials and energy. The physics courses range from conceptual introductory physics to modern physics. Revise and develop curriculum as it relates to the discipline(s), including multicultural perspectives and contributions where appropriate. Design, prepare and teach hands-on laboratory activities. Participate in the development of grant proposals. Perform and coordinate outreach to local high schools to attract students to engineering.

VAP at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Department of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing in August 2011. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field. We seek a physicist with a genuine interest in teaching and liberal arts education. We are open to all research areas. There is a possibility the position could be extended for a second year.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae to, and arrange to have three or more letters of reference sent to: Search Committee, Department of Physics, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Ideally at least two of the letters of reference should speak to the applicant's teaching ability. Other forms of evidence of teaching ability are also welcome, along with statements describing the research interests of the candidate, including projects that could engage undergraduate students, as well as the candidate's approach to teaching. Review of applications will begin no earlier than March 18, and will continue until we have filled the position.

TT at Green River Community College

The Science Division at Green River Community College is seeking innovative and creative faculty who are committed to establishing positive working relationships with students, colleagues, staff and administrators. We are accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track Physics faculty position beginning September, 2011 and continuing with annual nine-month contracts. The College anticipates filling this position contingent upon availability of funding.

Responsibilities include teaching, student advising, curriculum review and revision, as well as other activities. Faculty will be involved in division and campus meetings, committees and activities as well. Primary teaching responsibilities will be for Physics classes - from Physics for students of Liberal Arts to Physics for scientists and engineers, but the successful candidate may also teach Astronomy and interdisciplinary Science courses. While most classes are held during the day at our main Auburn campus, during some academic terms full-time physics faculty are required to teach classes at night and/or at the GRCC branch campus in Kent. More information here.

TT at College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons, founded in 1969, is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in California. The college is one of the largest employers in the Santa Clarita Valley and is a vital, enduring, cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Those who are currently involved with the college and those who will grace its doors in the future will find unlimited opportunities and a chance to be innovative and entrepreneurial. College of the Canyons is a dynamic campus that provides an educational experience second to none.

College of the Canyons is pleased to announce the following full-time, tenure-track faculty position: Physics/Astronomy Instructor, (Review Date: April 07, 2011). Visit our website for complete job announcements and application requirements and to apply online: . Or to receive an applicant packet, contact the Human Resources Office at (661) 259 – 7800 ex. 7232, TTY/TDD# (661) 362-5178.

Postdoc at University of Warwick

Fixed Term Contract for 2 years, beginning October 2011. The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick invites applications from outstanding researchers who are at the beginning of a promising academic career. Applications are welcome from across all Faculties and disciplines, and, in keeping with the ethos of Warwick's IAS, interdisciplinary research applications are strongly encouraged.

You will be based in the IAS but will have a strong presence in a home academic department. Therefore, all applications MUST be supported by a Warwick academic nominator and your proposed research project should closely complement your nominated academic department's current research interests. Nominators will be required to make a strong case for the applicant's strategic contribution to the research within their department. You will have been awarded your PhD, or equivalent, in any discipline and be within 3 years of your PhD graduation. Therefore you must have passed your viva and submitted the final copy of your thesis to be eligible. You should also not have more than 3 years postdoctoral research/teaching experience or hold, nor have held, a permanent academic post. More information here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TT at Texas Tech Univ.

The Department of Physics at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position dedicated primarily to undergraduate astronomy education. The appointment is expected to begin with the Fall semester of 2011. Duties will include teaching astronomy courses at the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels. The successful candidate is expected to serve as Director of the Department’s Skyview Observatory and to help develop an astronomy minor and concentration within the Physics major. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics. Experience teaching introductory courses and in curriculum development is highly desirable. The selected candidate is also invited to participate in research, particularly activities that can involve undergraduates, and in departmental outreach.

Lecturer/coordinator at Harvard Univ.

A preceptorship in Physics associated with the introductory courses Physics 15a, 15b, and 15c. These courses cover mechanics, electromagnetism, and waves, at a level appropriate for undergraduate concentrators in Physics. The position is a twelve-month appointment with the possibility of renewal up to eight years. Working closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Physics, this preceptor oversees all aspects of small-group instruction in both the laboratory and discussion section components of these essential courses. Manages the teaching of a new initiative, “Principles of Scientific Inquiry,” that introduces students to the skills required for independent research in physics. Supervises and trains a staff of teaching fellows. Acts as the primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory support team. Coordinates with faculty to prepare innovative course materials including problem sets, examinations, and hands-on laboratory exercises. Possible part-time status considered.

VAP at Grinnell College

2-year leave replacement position in physics. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.). Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college. The physics department has nine faculty members with active research programs; for more information see The department graduates 10-15 physics majors each year, about one-half of whom are women or under-represented minorities. The College's curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. Grinnell has a teaching schedule of five courses over two semesters, with a lab counting as half a course. The successful candidate is expected to teach at all levels of a rigorous undergraduate physics curriculum.

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal-arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They also should discuss what they can contribute to efforts to cultivate a wide diversity of people and perspectives, a core value of Grinnell College. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 31, 2011. Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable), statement of teaching interest/philosophy, statement of research interests/achievement, and provide email addresses for three references. Candidates should ensure that recommendation letters on their behalf are also uploaded by March 31, 2011. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Sujeev Wickramasekara, at [] or 641-269-3172.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Open Rank at North Carolina State University

Open Rank Position in Quantitative Educational Research Methodology

Position Description: The College of Education at North Carolina State University announces the availability of a tenured or tenure track position in quantitative educational research methodology. The College has developed a five-course research sequence that includes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to be offered to students in all doctoral programs in the college beginning in the fall, 2011, semester. We seek an exceptional individual to lead this sequence. The position currently resides in the Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult, and Higher Education; however, the candidate will be hired in the department that best matches his/her areas of expertise.

The successful applicant for this position will: 1) serve as coordinator of the College’s research sequence; 2) teach 2-3 courses per year in the College’s research sequence and/or in areas of special expertise; 3) serve as the lead investigator and team leader for large studies that include faculty members from multiple departments; and 4) serve as a quantitative methodologist on appropriate doctoral committees.

Monday, February 21, 2011

TT, Associate, or Full Professor at Indiana State University

We seek an individual with an earned Doctorate in Science Education or related field and a B.S. or M.S. in one of the sciences (preferably Biology or one of the Earth Sciences) where the candidate will find a tenure home. Evidence of securing external grants is a requirement and preference will be given to candidates who have a record of excellence in college teaching, K-12 teaching, and published scholarship in science education.

Responsibilities include directing the Center for Science Education; securing external grants that benefit science education; increasing the number of science education majors; fostering a community of science education students; teaching content and methods courses in a B.S. program in secondary, middle, and elementary science education; maintaining a record of published research; and providing leadership that encourages collaboration among the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and K-12 schools.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Deanship at Harper College

Renowned for excellence in teaching and learning, William Rainey Harper College has been enriching lives through learning for more than 40 years. Located in Palatine, IL, Harper is the community college for Chicago's northwest suburbs.

Harper College is seeking applicants for the Dean of Mathematics and Sciences position. The Dean is responsible for administering the instructional and support service programs of the Mathematics and Sciences Division. The successful candidate will establish an effective two-way channel of communication between the administration and teaching faculty to insure the integrity of the educational program. You will also provide leadership in all aspects of the college mission, including the development of new programs, courses and instructional activities.


Master's degree in Higher Education /Community College Administration or a discipline represented in the Division, Doctorate

Successful, collegiate-level teaching experience

Progressively more responsible experience in an administrative capacity within an academic environment or appropriate
instructional setting

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. Application review begins March 1, 2011.

View additional job duties, benefit details and complete our required online application at:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

TT at Siena College

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Siena College ( invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position starting Fall, 2011. Our department is experiencing a period of growth and revitalization, including curricular reforms, an increasing number of majors, and active research programs in astronomy, biophysics, computational biophysics, and atomic, particle, and space physics. We are seeking a new faculty member who can contribute to the department’s research and academic initiatives. A PhD in physics or a closely related field is required, and postdoctoral and teaching experience are desirable. Candidates from a variety of specializations who are interested in teaching and research in a liberal arts setting are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach enthusiastically and effectively in introductory and non-majors' courses, as well as in courses for physics majors. He or she will also be expected to develop a vibrant research program involving undergraduate students. A facility for obtaining external funding is desirable.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, teaching statement, research plan, cv, and contact information for three references, at least one of whom should be able to address the candidate's teaching ability. Email electronic applications in pdf format to Dr. Rose Finn (, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by March 31, 2011 to guarantee full consideration. Siena College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

VAP at Mt. Holyoke College

The Physics Department at Mount Holyoke College seeks applicants for a Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2011. A Ph.D. is required and post-doctoral experience is preferred. Applicants should have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and be able to teach a broad range of courses from our upper level undergraduate physics curriculum. The college has well equipped research facilities, and development of a research program that can include undergraduates is desirable but not required. There is a possibility of extended offers for an additional 1-2 years, pending approval.

Please apply on-line at To be assured of full consideration, all of the following should be received by March 9, 2011: letter of interest, CV, statement of teaching philosophy explicitly listing which of our 300-level physics courses the applicant is comfortable teaching, a list of any relevant courses taught previously, and three letters of recommendation. Electronic prompts to referees will be generated automatically once the completed application has been submitted. For more information, please go to

TT at Saint Leo University

We invite qualified candidates to apply for the position of full-time faculty, tenure-track faculty position to teach Physics, Physical Sciences, or related fields at the undergraduate level. This faculty appointment will be as an Assistant or Associate Professor for the 2011-2012 academic year, starting August 16, 2011.

The minimum qualification is a Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution with credentials to teach Physics, Physical Science or related field at the undergraduate and graduate level. Applicants with outstanding teaching credentials and experience may be considered at the Associate Professor rank.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lecturer at Oxford College of Emory Univ.

Oxford College of Emory University invites applications for a lecture-track faculty appointment in Physics and Astronomy beginning in Aug 2011. A Master’s or Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or related field at the time of appointment is required. Previous undergraduate teaching experience and familiarity with current trends in undergraduate physics education is desirable. Candidates must demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and a dedication to undergraduate physics and astronomy education for majors and non-majors.

The successful candidate will be the laboratory director for physics and astronomy, teach introductory physics and astronomy courses as needed, and contribute to the life of Oxford College. The candidate also will be part of the innovation and growth of the curriculum and development of inquiry-based laboratories and courses in physics and astronomy. Oxford anticipates and is planning a new state-of-the-art science facility to encourage student-faculty collaboration, provide an environment for innovative teaching, and will be a model of sustainability.

VAP at Univ. of Puget Sound

Incumbent will teach introductory physics class with laboratories and one upper division course. Qualifications include a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in Physics, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education. We are especially interested in candidates who will develop and make frequent use of lecture demonstrations. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than March 15, 2011 to ensure consideration. For complete job description and application instructions, visit . EOE/AA.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Teacher at Douglas High School

Douglas High School just outside of Rapid City, SD has a sudden need for a skilled physics/chemistry teacher. Douglas has perhaps the most attractive demographic in the entire state - it is situated on Ellsworth Air Force Base, and the majority of the students in this district are children of technically skilled air force personnel, so they are often academically talented. Many of the graduates go to top universities nationwide.

Bobbie Traxinger taught physics, chemistry, and physical science at Douglas and she died suddenly last week. The school obviously needs someone to cover her classes for this year, and they hope to find someone who can stay with the position in the future. Bobbie used Modeling in all her classes at Douglas so the administration and science department recognize the value of inquiry oriented / modeling instruction.

Please contact the principal, Bud Gusso, at, or call Douglas HS at 605-923-0300.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

TT at Chapman University

Chapman University seeks a faculty member to fill a full time tenure track position as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Physics in the School of Computational Sciences which is the home of the Center of Excellence in Quantum Studies ( The school offers a B.S. degree in Physics and Computational Science and an M.S. degree in Computational Science. The school is currently developing a PhD degree in Computational Science. Housed in the Schmid College of Science, the School of Computational Sciences is deeply committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching, including providing students with personalized educational experiences involving mentoring and collaborative research.

Requirements include a PhD in Physics and evidence of strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting. The candidate must have experience and interests in foundations of quantum theory. Duties include teaching Physics and mentoring student research in Physics and Computational Science. The successful candidate will be expected to carry a rigorous research program, including grants and refereed publications. We seek candidates with independent research programs who, ideally, would also collaborate with the group led by Yakir Aharonov. Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with professional experience and qualifications.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Postdoc at the University of Chicago

Dr. Sian Beilock in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago is seeking to make one full-time Post-Doctoral appointment. This research-oriented position will focus on applying cognitive science principles to physics learning and instruction, with special emphasis on understanding how sensorimotor experience can be used to enhance students’ learning of abstract concepts in physics (e.g., angular momentum and torque). The research will combine fMRI and behavioral measures of learning (techniques taught as part of the position). Requirements include a Ph.D. in cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, physics, or education. Responsibilities include experiment design, training and supervising of research assistants, data collection, data analysis, and grant and manuscript preparation. Salary is in accordance with NIH standards. Start date is September or October, 2011.

Please send a current CV to Sian Beilock: More information can be found at: The University of Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Non-TT at Central Washington University -- Lynnwood

CWU has a 3-yr full-time non-tenure track position open to teach science education at our Lynnwood Center on the EdCC campus. It is an interesting position because it includes teaching in another area (e.g. biology, chemistry, mathematics, education) and some administrative work as the director of our General Science Teaching Program at Lynnwood. Depending on the success of the general science teaching program, it is possible that this position will convert to a tenure-track position after the three years.

For more info, contact:
Martha J. Kurtz
Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education Director
Science Education Program Director
Central Washington University

Non-TT at Francis Marion University

Instructor/Assistant Professor of Physics. Non-tenure-track position, starting August 2011. Ph.D. in Physics preferred; M.S. in Physics and experience in teaching undergraduate physics required. Preference will be given to candidates with computational/theoretical background. The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced physics and physical science lectures and labs. The department offers baccalaureate degrees in Computational Physics and Health Physics and administers cooperative programs in engineering and engineering technology. The department website is:

VAP at Haverford College

Haverford College invites applications for a leave replacement faculty position, pending budgetary approval, in physics for 2011-12. Continuation for a second year is possible based on need and performance. Candidates should be able to teach courses across the undergraduate physics curriculum, including laboratories. A Ph.D. in any area of physics, teaching experience including laboratories, and research publications, are expected. Haverford is a highly selective college with motivated students and a commitment to quality teaching and scholarship. Our location in the western suburbs of Philadelphia allows for interactions with colleagues at nearby institutions including University of Pennsylvania.

Send a c.v. and a statement of teaching interests and experience, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Review of applications begins March 14, and continues until the position is filled. Haverford is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications and nominations of persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

VAP at Le Moyne College

Le Moyne College, a college in the Jesuit tradition in Syracuse, New York, invites applications for a two-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics. The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced physics courses for science majors, and must be competent to teach laboratory courses. Candidates with expertise in experimental physics or observational astronomy will be given preference, but all specializations will be considered. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and undergraduate research at a liberal arts institution and present an active record of scientific presentations and publications in refereed journals. Earned doctorate in Physics or completion of doctoral dissertation defense by the time of the appointment is required.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vita, and statements on teaching philosophy and research plans, to with subject line Physics. Candidates should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the College, at least one of which should address the candidate’s research. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Le Moyne College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and Jesuits to apply for employment.

VAP at DePauw University

Two-year term position starts August 2011, additional year possible based on need. Rank/salary commensurate with experience. Ph.D. preferred. Commitment to undergraduate teaching/research in liberal arts environment required. Teaching: intro and advanced courses. Candidates with research program involving undergrads

Send cv, transcripts, three recommendation letters, teaching and research interests, teaching philosophy, potential student research projects, evidence of teaching effectiveness to: or to: Howard Brooks, Physics and Astronomy, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN 46135. Application review begins February 26 and continues until filled. EEOE. Women and members of underrepresented groups encouraged to apply.