Wednesday, December 16, 2015

TT/T at Drexel University (PER)

The Department of Physics and the School of Education at Drexel University collectively invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in physics education. Although we welcome applications from junior scholars with exceptional credentials, a preference will be given to experienced candidates with strong content knowledge and expertise in physics, an established record of scholarly activity and extramural funding in physics education research. Competitive compensation and start-up packages are available.

We are interested in candidates with research expertise in secondary physics education, undergraduate physics education, physics teacher education, and, in particular, those that can translate education research results into the undergraduate physics and physics teacher education curriculum. Candidates should be able to demonstrate commitment to high-quality, innovative teaching and have an interest in developing innovative programs and courses that feature research-based instructional practices, including but not limited to inquiry- and discovery-based instruction, student-centered instruction, peer-mentoring, and the integration of technology into instruction. The candidate will be expected to: (i) establish a funded research program in physics education research, (ii) teach undergraduate courses in physics as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in Science/STEM teacher education and educational research; (iii) serve as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM Education; (iv) perform service by translating physics education research results directly into Drexel's undergraduate physics curriculum, and (v) perform service for the university and profession. This individual will be expected to collaborate with other discipline-based education researchers and the growing community of faculty and staff who engage in STEM education research at Drexel and take the lead in the education research initiative. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2016.
A Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education, or related field is required. Graduate coursework in physics and education research is preferred. Please submit a CV, a statement of research interests and goals, a statement on teaching philosophy, and a list of five references to The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016. For any inquiries related to this announcement, please contact Physics Education Faculty Search Committee Chair, Brigita Urbanc, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or send e-mail to

Drexel University is a research institution ranked in the top 100 among Ph.D. granting universities according to US News and World Report and has a long history in integrating interdisciplinary science, technology, and engineering into its mission. The Department of Physics consists of renowned faculty who actively pursue research in astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, particle physics, and are committed to the excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The School of Education consists of vibrant faculty who actively pursue research in STEM education, global education, and educational leadership as well as deliver and study novel pedagogical approaches. Drexel also recently launched the DragonsTeach Program (, an interdisciplinary initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Engineering and the School of Education, designed to recruit and prepare STEM majors to careers in education. Both the Department of Physics and the School of Education are located on the University City campus of Drexel University in a cosmopolitan section of Philadelphia with multiple academic and research institutions amounting to a rich and engaging urban atmosphere.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.