Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PER/AER TT, Western Washington University


Western Washington University

Western Washington University seeks applications for two tenure-track faculty positions,
each with specialization in physics and/or astronomy education research. These joint
appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Science, Mathematics
and Technology Education (SMATE) program start in September 2017. Applicants must
hold a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field OR in science education, with
preference given to applicants with graduate-level coursework in physics, astronomy, or
a related field. Candidates must have undergraduate or K12 teaching experience and
demonstrated interest in working with preservice K12 teachers. Preference will be given
to candidates with a record of or potential for teaching approaches informed by best
practices and/or research on student learning. Effective communication skills and an
ability to work effectively with diverse populations are required.

Candidates must have a commitment to developing a sustainable program of scholarship
in physics or astronomy education. Successful applicants will be expected to apply for
external funding and to pursue on-campus research that actively involves undergraduate
research assistants. Post-doctoral research experience and a record of high quality
scholarship are strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who
demonstrate potential for active collaborations with existing faculty at WWU.

Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter that addresses the required and
preferred qualifications and describes the applicant's background and interest in joining
the department and SMATE, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching,
including description of how the applicant’s background and experiences (academic and
non-academic) have prepared them to effectively teach increasingly diverse students and
work effectively with diverse colleagues, (3) a detailed research proposal with plans for
involving undergrad research assistants, and (4) a full curriculum vitae including the
names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional
references. Submit all application materials as a single PDF file to the WWU Electronic
Application System for Employment ( Do not send letters of
recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists. Direct inquiries to
Dr. Andrew Boudreaux ((360) 650-3818, Review of
applications begins November 1, 2016; positions open until filled.

Western Washington University is a primarily undergraduate institution in the beautiful
Pacific Northwest. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a B.S. degree in physics
and a B.A. in math/physics education. SMATE prepares teachers in science content and
methods and has an established history of leading and supporting systemic science
education reform efforts in Washington State and nationally.

More information can be found at and WWU is an AA/EO employer.