Thursday, March 29, 2012

Postdoc at Florida International University

The Physics Education Research Group and the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University seek a Postdoctoral Researcher for their Office of Naval Research project. The successful candidate will be part of a thriving, multidisciplinary research group, and will oversee two primary project activities: (1) the development and implementation of scaled-up Modeling Instruction classes (2) the implementation of a learning assistant program with mentoring support in the College of Engineering. The ideal candidate will be flexible, reliable, and organized, with excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively and to participate cooperatively in a close-knit research team.

Specific duties include:
Provide coordination to the project by organizing project activities and meetings, overseeing project reports, and overseeing budgets.
Coordinate project assessments that target classroom impact, faculty professional development, and institutional change.
Coordinate internal and external outreach efforts, including overseeing dissemination materials, supervising media press releases, collecting public relations materials, and organizing web-based materials.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Non-TT at Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg’s, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position in Physics effective August 2012. The successful candidate is expected to teach a broad range of undergraduate Physics, Astronomy, and/or Earth Science courses and laboratories. In addition, all full-time faculty are expected to engage in scholarly activities, participate in University/College and professional service activities, and advise undergraduate students.

The minimum qualification is a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related discipline plus relevant experience. Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated commitment to excellence in college teaching. Information about the College can be found at This is a one-year appointment eligible for continuation.

Applicants should submit current curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a personal statement of teaching philosophy to Physics Lecturer Search Committee, c/o Mrs. Dorothy J. Guy, Director of Human Resources, Penn State Harrisburg, Box: PTJ - 36287, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity of its workforce.

Science Editor at American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading research organization specializing in all aspects of education and other social policy issues as well as workforce research and analysis. Our programs aim to improve the quality of education and the workplace for all people by evaluating the effectiveness of education initiatives, conducting basic education and workforce research, and furnishing technical assistance and training at national, state, and local levels. We are currently seeking a Science Editor - Physics to join our team. This position is part-time working approximately 20 hours per week. Responsibilities: The test editor will write, review, and edit college-level physics test items as well as evaluate and revise test specifications. Qualifications: Requires PhD in Physics, excellent writing skills, and teaching experience of undergraduate physics. Test development experience desirable.

Course Manager/ Instructor at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

The Department of Physics seeks applicants for the position of Introductory Course Instructor and Manager. This individual will be responsible for teaching algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics courses and coordinating the delivery of several large enrollment physics courses offered every semester. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

VAP at South Dakota State University

The Department of Physics at South Dakota State University invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position at the instructor level beginning August 2012. The position is contingent upon funding. Minimum qualifications are an M.S. in Physics and to have demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching Physics at the introductory level. A background in Physics Education Research and/or a Ph.D. in Physics is preferred and will allow the candidate to oversee both lectures and laboratories for the calculus-based introductory physics sequence. To apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process. For questions regarding the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128; other questions should be directed to Dr. Robert McTaggart, Chair of the Search Committee, or (605) 688-5428. Review of the applications will begin April 4, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. South Dakota State University (

Faculty at Bard High School Early College

Bard High School Early College - Queens, a partnership of Bard College and the New York City Department of Education, invites applications for full and part-time faculty positions in Physics for Fall 2012. BHSEC, a national model in the field of public school reform, enables talented and highly motivated students to move in four years from the ninth grade through the first two years of college, earning an associate of arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College as well as a high school diploma. The academic program emphasizes small class size and a commitment to teaching a diverse student body in a liberal arts environment.

We seek to hire a physicist in any subfield to join our Physics Department. Virtually all science faculty hold the Ph.D. The ideal applicant will have both college teaching experience, experience working with a younger audience, and will have research interests that can be established at an early college. We are looking for a skilled educator interested in engaging and challenging early college students. In addition to introductory college physics and electives as needed, they will teach physics in our innovative high school science program which is designed to engage students. Applicants should be prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues in developing and teaching an innovative science curriculum and involve interested students in their research.

Postdoc in PER at Georgetown

The Department of Physics at Georgetown University is seeking a post-doctoral fellow in
Physics Education Research to start in fall 2012. Georgetown Physics has been an early
implementer of numerous PER methods, including the Tutorials in Introductory Physics
and Peer Instruction and is working to include PER in more courses in the curriculum.
The responsibilities will include some teaching as well as assessment of curricular and
programmatic changes in the department's courses and degree programs and involvement
in our efforts to revise our introductory courses. The researcher will also be encouraged
and supported in carrying out additional PER research according to their professional
interests. Interaction with nearby groups in PER at the University of Maryland is possible,
and has been done in the past with a previous fellow. The fellowship can be held for up to
three years with annual reappointments based on mutual agreement between the fellow
and the Department. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to
Department of Physics, PER search, Georgetown University, 37th & O Sts. NW,
Washington, DC 20057, and arrange to have two letters of reference sent to the same
address. Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Those interested contact Jim Freericks at or Beth Lindsey (who held a similar appointment there).

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lecturer at UT-Austin

The Department of Physics is seeking candidates for a non-tenure track Lecturer position from 8/15/2012 through 8/15/2013.

This position consists of a nine-month, non tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Lecturer and a three-month summer administrative appointment for a total of 12 months of support.The position is renewable on an annual basis depending on job performance and class enrollments.

Duties include teaching of an introductory physics course using the "Matter and Interactions" curriculum (, the development of innovative new course materials including computational modeling exercises, interactive class exercises, homework problems, and test problems, and the coordination of several sections of the course. The Lecturer will also help train and coordinate the graduate Teaching Assistants and the undergraduate Learning Assistants associated with the course.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in physics and teaching experience are required. Previous experience with the Matter and Interactions curriculum is preferred.

More information here: UT Austin

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Postdoc in Science Ed at U Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, seeks a Postdoctoral (Research) Associate in science education. The Postdoctoral Associate will join the research team of an NSF funded project to establish a comprehensive Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership between UB and Buffalo Public Schools (UB/BPS ISEP) targeting middle and high school science and technology, with a focus on strengthening teacher professional development in science and engineering. The Postdoctoral Associate will focus on studying science teachers' development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in interdisciplinary science inquiry as a result of participating in intensive summer research at UB and professional learning communities (PLCs) involving university STEM and STEM education faculty and students, school administrators and teachers, and parents. The successful candidate will be expected to become a full participant in the project (i.e. observing teacher summer research, organizing pedagogical support workshops and sessions, collecting and analyzing data related to teacher development of interdisciplinary science inquiry PCK, and presenting and publishing articles that emerge from the research), and work with and assist in the mentorship of graduate students involved in the project. For more information about the project, please refer to the project website at:

Qualifications for the position: PhD in science education or a related field at time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have expertise/experience in: (a) science teacher knowledge and professional development; (b) advanced qualitative research design and implementation; (c) adequate knowledge or relevant experience in urban education. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with K-12 teachers and university STEM faculty and students. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as be collaborative and participate cooperatively in a diverse research team.

Salary: $39,000/year plus benefits

Application Procedure:
Apply online at:, using Posting Number: 1200158.

Please submit the following:
(a) A letter of application, (b) CV, (c) two writing samples most appropriate for the position, and (d) a letter of recommendation and contact information for two additional references.

Review of applications starts immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The latest starting date for the position is July 1, 2012. UB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Xiufeng Liu, Professor of Science Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, e-mail:, tel. (716) 645-4050.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Non-TT at Rice University

The Physics and Astronomy Department at Rice University invites applications from recent Ph.D. graduates for an instructorship in physics and astronomy, commencing July/August 2012. This is a non-tenure-track position for a two-year term with the possibility of reappointment for a second term. The instructor will be involved in developing new inquiry-based laboratory projects, and in working with students to design and construct the necessary apparatuses, with a load equivalent to two courses per semester. There would also be opportunities to pursue independent research or collaborations with on-going research programs in the department (see web page Applicants should send a dossier consisting of a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests, and a list of publications as a single PDF file, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: with subject line "Duncan Instructorship" (pdf format preferred), or by postal mail to Duncan Instructorship Search, c/o Valerie Call, Physics and Astronomy Department-MS61, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1892. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

VAP at Whitman College

The Department of Physics at Whitman College invites applications for a one-year faculty position beginning in August 2012 at the Visiting Assistant Professor rank. A Ph.D. in Physics, or a closely related field, is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate Physics lecture and laboratory courses at both lower- and upper- levels. Whitman College wishes to reinforce its commitment to enhance diversity, broadly defined, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society. To apply, go to, click “Faculty” and “Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics”. The online position description includes specific instructions on submission of the following materials: letter of application; curriculum vitae; three letters of reference; statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; graduate transcripts; teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. In their application, candidates should address their interest in working as teachers and scholars with undergraduates in a liberal arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction; how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to diversity; and their interest in participating in the College’s general education offerings. Deadline: review of applications begins March 26, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

VAP at Berry College

Berry College has an opening for a full-time physics instructor for the 2012-2013 academic year. The successful candidate will have at least a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in physics or a closely related field and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate physics teaching. Candidates with a PhD will be eligible for Visiting Assistant Professor rank. Duties will include teaching physics courses at the introductory and advanced undergraduate level. Candidates who have an interest in research-based teaching methods are preferred. Send cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Dean, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Berry College, Mount Berry, GA 30149-5036. Review of applications will begin April 2, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please visit our website: for more information. Persons filling out an application for employment with Berry College may be required to submit to a full national background check.

VAP at Shippensburg University

The Physics Department of Shippensburg University invites applications for a one-year, full-time faculty position starting in August 2012. Responsibilities: Teach physics courses at all levels. In addition, faculty members are expected to perform other duties as assigned in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Required Skills/Qualifications: A Ph.D. is required and prior teaching experience is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate teaching effectiveness at all levels of the physics curriculum and show evidence of a commitment to understanding diverse populations as a part of the interview process.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Director of LA Program at Rutgers University

Rutgers University is hiring a director for their Learning Assistant Program. Their LA program is a few years old, thriving, growing and enjoys strong university support. They are looking for a Director who would like to run and expand the program, do research and publish about it. See the application website: for more details and to apply.

9 positions at King's College London (United Kingdom)

King’s College London wishes to appoint nine outstanding scholars to join our existing group of 12 permanent staff at the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM). The posts, available from September 2012, will be spread equally across mathematics and science as follows:

• three professors (including one senior professor to lead mathematics and science education research in the Department of Education & Professional Studies)
• two readers/senior lectureships
• two junior lectureships
• two post-doctoral research associates

If you would like to receive a brochure with more details, please contact: (Professor Justin Dillon

Details of the application process will be available on shortly.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Teacher at The Governor's School

I have friends who are connected to this school and are very familiar with the PER community. They feel, and from what I can tell I agree, that this position would be a dream job for a number of PER-trained teachers. Teaching elite High School students college-level physics content with lots of connections to the university to be engaged in research. Links to the ad and the hiring brochure are below, also contact information for Susan Engelhardt with any questions you may have.

Questions can be directed to:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TT at Michigan State University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University is seeking outstanding candidates to fill a tenure-track position in physics/astronomy education research.

Candidates must exhibit unusually high promise for excellence in both teaching and physics education research. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally visible program in physics education research and interact with the current physics education research efforts in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as other departments at Michigan State University. The Department of Physics and Astronomy and Michigan State University are dedicated to excellence in teaching and have pioneered physics education innovations such as LON-CAPA.

Monday, March 5, 2012

VAP at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

This is a 9-month position beginning August 1, 2012 with an initial 3-year contract. Required qualifications at time of appointment: an MA or MS degree in physics, optical science, astronomy, or a related field; ability to teach lecture and laboratory courses at the college or university level; and a commitment to teaching students from diverse backgrounds and to promote diversity as a value within the Department and the University. Desired qualifications: a Ph.D. in physics, optical science, astronomy, or a related field. Applications must be submitted electronically at (position number 6702) and must include: (1) a letter of interest indicating how the candidate envisions contributing to the Department’s educational mission; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy; (4) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and (5) a list of at least three professional references including their complete contact information. For full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 5, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search may be directed by email to the Physics Lecturer Search Committee Chair ( Applicants may visit for more information about the Department.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Director of T&L Center - Northern Arizona

Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL)

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks a visionary educator to serve as Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and to lead systemic reform-based efforts in STEM education at the local, state and national levels. The Director of the Center will hold the J. Lawrence Walkup Distinguished Professorship and will be responsible for addressing crucial needs in American society for excellence in science/math education. STEM education policy at the K-18 levels and its implementation throughout the science education curriculum are of critical importance to the work of this position.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is a teaching, research, evaluation, and curriculum-resource center and a professional development provider for science teachers and pre-service students across the NAU campus and for K-20 science teachers and informal educators statewide. The Director will oversee various programs in the Center including professional development programs, graduate programs in science education, and teaching certification programs including the NAUTeach program which the successful candidate will Co-Direct. The Director will also sit on the university’s Professional Education Unit Coordinating Council and will oversee the implementation of the science programs’ assessment plans and the reporting of student learning outcomes to the university and to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).