Thursday, October 10, 2013

Graduate Assistantship at Ohio State University

Department of Teaching and Learning (Department of T&L), The Ohio State University (OSU)

We are seeking a doctoral student in science education as a graduate research assistant on a National Science Foundation-sponsored project. This project is aimed at investigating fundamental aspects of solving synthesis physics problems that require a joint application of multiple concepts. Our project team will seek to explicate potential bottlenecks of students’ solving synthesis problems, identify and understand expert approaches to synthesis problems, and develop effective pedagogical strategies to improve student skills in solving these problems.

The graduate assistant will be funded for 2 years through the NSF grant, and additional 2 years of teaching/research assistantship are also available through the Department of T&L at OSU.

The assistantship will begin in summer or autumn of 2014. The graduate assistant will work closely with the project members from the Department of T&L and Department of Physics on carrying out experimental studies, data collection and analysis.

This position is a 9 month, ½ time assistantship (20 hours/week covering graduate stipends, tuitions and fees), starting in autumn 2014. A start date as early as the beginning of summer 2014 is possible. Funds are available for individuals who wish to start early.

Requirements: admission to the Ph.D. program in the Department of T&L at OSU. Procedures and requirements of application can be found at: Deadline for application is Nov. 15, 2013. Interested individuals can contact Prof. Lin Ding ( for more details.

Preferred qualifications: strong disciplinary background in physics or closely related areas; strong interest and experience in physics education research and/or problem solving; strong interpersonal and communicative skills, and a high sense of responsibility.

The Department of T&L at OSU provides rich social context for building knowledge about theories and practices of inquiry, for making explicit the kinds of thinking and analysis that contribute to the research process, and for the provision of interpersonal support for students' intellectual and personal growth.