Monday, January 9, 2012

Preceptor in Applied Physics at Harvard

I would like to draw the attention to an interesting opportunity to work on the development of a new, project-based introductory physics course for engineering students. In short, I'm looking to find a person who is interested in course design, physics education research, has a solid knowledge of physics and/or engineering, and is willing to stray of the beaten track to work with me on an exciting new course.

The text of the add, including a link to the application portal is here:

and the text of the ad follows below:

> Preceptor in Applied Physics
> The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) seeks applicants for the position of Preceptor in Applied Physics, with a preferred start date of February 1, 2012. The Preceptor will be primarily responsible for the coordination and support of a new course, AP50: Physics as a foundation for Science and Engineering, to be offered beginning in the Fall of 2012. The initial position is for an eighteen-month, academic appointment, renewable for up to five or more years, depending on continuing curricular need and performance. Involvement with other SEAS courses may evolve after a year or so, as AP50 becomes well established.
> Responsibilities include:
> • Course design: Work with (and report to) the faculty members who are the principal course instructors to define the learning goals for the course, design projects, prepare course activities and materials, and devise an assessment strategy.
> • Course management: Assist with teaching as necessary; hire, train and supervise teaching assistants, including leading TF meetings; and hold office hours for students.
> • Course administration: Maintain course grade and attendance records, including contacting resident deans and the registrar’s office as needed; supervise website development and maintenance and act as a liaison to the Academic Technology Group; and coordinate with visiting lecturers, including managing their itineraries during campus visits.
> An advanced degree in physics, engineering, or a related field is required; Ph.D. preferred. Expertise in science education research, and experience in project-based learning and course design strongly desired. Superior organizational, written and interpersonal communication skills are necessary, along with the ability to lead and train teaching fellows and to manage relationships undergraduate students.
> Applicants will apply online at Required documents include a cover letter, CV, a teaching statement, and names and contact information for at least three references. Priority will be given to applications submitted by January 15, 2012, but they will be accepted until the position is filled.
> Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Eric Mazur
Area Dean of Applied Physics
Balkanski Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics

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