Thursday, October 27, 2011

Astronomy Lecturer and Outreach Director at University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Physics Department is seeking qualified applicants for a combined position as an Astronomy Lecturer/Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Director to start in summer or fall of 2012. The minimum teaching expectation is 4 classes per academic year (three terms on a quarter system); the remaining balance of time is allocated to EPO activities. The applicant will have PI status and is expected to successfully seek grants to support EPO and K12 professional development activities. Additional summer term salary can be supported through these efforts.

The initial appointment will be for a period of 3 years and, pending satisfactory performance, is renewable. Preferred qualifications for applicants include a PHD in Astronomy, Physics, Science Education, or a closely related field, experience in teaching Introductory Astronomy in a large classroom setting, previous involvement with EPO programs in Astronomy, previous experience and interaction with the K-12 science teacher community.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and will be in the range $50-60K for the 9 month academic year. A small start-up package, to be negotiated, may provide initial summer bridge salary. Applicants must apply online at Academic Jobs Online and should upload an application letter, a current cv, a list of publications, a statement of future research interests, and a statement of teaching philosophy and strategies. Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded at the same site. Further inquiries concerning this search should be sent to Review of applications will begin November 1, 2011, with consideration continuing until the position is filled.