Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Physics, Wesleyan University, CT

Wesleyan University's Physics Department is seeking candidates to fill two teaching positions as Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice beginning July 1, 2018.   The department has an ongoing initiative to address the growing and increasingly diverse population of students in our introductory sequences.  These candidates will work together with the department to build an innovative curriculum that incorporates validated best practices from physics education research.
   
The successful candidate will teach five courses during an academic year.   Four of these will be laboratory and lecture courses associated with one of our two introductory sequences.  The fifth course will be an upper level or introductory physics course.   Collaboration with a current faculty member in ongoing physics education research is also possible. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor of the Practice; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Physics or related field within one year of hire.  The ideal candidates will have teaching experience.    

The initial appointments will be for 3 years. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, as well as the email addresses of three references to http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6129. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.  

Evaluation of applications will begin on January 15, 2018.  Questions about the positions may be directed to Dana Gordon-Gannuscio, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Physics (dgordongannu@wesleyan.edu).  

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer, 860-685-4771afarias@wesleyan.edu.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Physics Education Research, Texas State University

https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/21142

Position Title Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Physics Education Research
Job Posting Number 20180079FAC
Job Location San Marcos
Department Physics
Position Description
The Department of Physics at Texas State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Physics Education Research (PER) beginning Fall 2018 at the assistant professor or associate professor level.

Applicants are expected to establish or continue a strong record of publication and scholarship, to pursue external funding as well as to actively engage in both individual and collaborative grant activities, to provide service and leadership to the department, college, university, and PER community, and to teach and mentor students. Graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring assignments are dependent on the background of the individual and the needs of the department.

Required Qualifications
For the rank of assistant professor or associate professor:
1. Doctorate degree in physics, science education, or related field. Applicants who do not hold a doctorate in physics must have a minimum of 18 earned graduate-level physics credits.
2. An established record of scholarly activity in PER.
3. Expressed interest in teaching diverse students at undergraduate and graduate levels.
4. Evidence of, or potential for, obtaining external funding for research.

Additional required qualifications for the rank of associate professor:
1. Six years experience in a university-level, tenure-accruing position. Exceptional candidates with experiences outside academia will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2. Strong evidence of high quality research in physics education.
3. Evidence of success in obtaining external funding.
4. Evidence of effective teaching.

To be considered for the rank of associate professor, the candidate must meet the requirements for that rank at Texas State University.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Teaching experience in undergraduate physics.
2. Experience using research-based instructional strategies for physics, especially the Learning Assistant model.
3. Research area that complements and broadens existing PER in the department.
4. Experience in PER beyond the doctorate level.
5. Experience directing student researchers in PER.

Application Procedures
Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered, https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/21142. To ensure full consideration, please submit the following materials by December 15, 2017: a cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met; complete curriculum vita; statement of research interests with plans (2-5 pages); a statement of teaching philosophy including interests and experience (1-2 pages); and a list of references with complete contact information for three references.

Applicants selected candidate for interview will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Phys_per@txstate.edu.

Proposed Start Date Fall 2018
Open Date
Review Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Legal Notices
Texas State University, to the extent not in conflict with federal or state law, prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.


Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.


Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Research Interests
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
Evidence of Teaching Experience/Evaluations
Transcripts
Additional Document
DD 214/DD1300
Veteran's Preference

Thursday, November 23, 2017

TT in PER/AER, University of Hawaii at Manoa

TENURE-TRACK JUNIOR FACULTY POSITION IN ASTRONOMY / PHYSICS EDUCATION
At the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), to begin as soon as possible, pending position approval and availability of funds.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa expects to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Specialist level in astronomy/physics education. This position is intended for a faculty member with a strong interest in educational practice and methodology in astronomy and physics.  
Duties include support, coordination, and assessment of the new undergraduate programs in astrophysics and astronomy jointly offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Astronomy. Specific examples of such duties are:
  • Coordinate assessment across the individual courses in the Astronomy and Astrophysics programs.
  • Work closely with the program chair in revising the programs.
  • Develop evidence based methodologies in conjunction with faculty; provide assistance with implementation, including assessment and feedback.
  • Advise undergraduates in the Astrophysics and Astronomy programs.
  • Provide internal coordination to facilitate the capstone projects required of seniors in the Astrophysics and Astronomy programs at UHM.
  • Provide support and direction for articulation agreements between UHM and other institutions.
The applicant will also teach astronomy, astrophysics and physics courses. The ability to attract external funding to support educational and/or research initiatives, and to investigate topics in science education, astronomy, or physics, is also desirable.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong experimental program in astrophysics (cosmic rays, neutrinos, dark matter) and high-energy physics (b meson physics, instrumentation and neutrinos) and a vigorous theory program in high-energy physics. The Institute for Astronomy has observational programs in galaxies and cosmology, stellar formation and evolution, interstellar material, planetary systems, astrobiology, and solar astronomy, and instrumentation programs in adaptive optics and infrared astronomy.
Minimum qualifications: 
  • a Masters degree
  • in addition to the Masters, 30 credits of graduate study from a college or university of recognized standing and in the fields astronomy or physics
  • at least three years of experience in astronomy or physics education at the next lower rank, or its equivalent
Desirable qualifications:
  • a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics or a closely related field
  • a record of at least three years of effective teaching in astronomy and/or physics courses, or equivalent postdoctoral experience at time of application
  • experience in application of evidence-based teaching methodologies (e.g., active learning, group discussion, etc.)
  • familiarity with strategies for course and program assessment and development
  • ability to support professional development of STEM teaching faculty
  • ability to conduct research and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
  • ability to attract external funding
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY: Please upload a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications, a statement of teaching philosophy including past instructional activities and experience, and a research plan (if applicable) using AcademicJobsOnline at the link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10067
Also please arrange for at least four letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same website.  Applications with all materials received byDecember 1, 2017 will receive full consideration.

INQUIRIES: Please email facultysearch@phys.hawaii.edu with any questions. Note that letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the aforementioned website, not sent to this email.
The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, National Guard participation, breastfeeding, and arrest/court record (except as permissible under State law).
Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at http://ope.ed.gov/security/, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services.
Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PER Postdoc, University of Central Florida

PER and Online Learning Postdoc Position at University of Central Florida

The Department of Physics at University of Central Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral research position working at the intersection of Physics and Online Education research. The successful candidate will work with Assistant Prof. Zhongzhou Chen to design and implement a series of online-learning experiments in UCF's large introductory physics courses, and analyze large amounts of clickstream data collected from those experiment to gain insight into student learning behavior.

Job description:
With the nation's second largest undergraduate population and a strong focus on online and distributed learning, UCF presents an excellent opportunity to conduct large scale online learning experiments and collect massive high quality student learning data. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to study a wide range of research questions in physics and STEM education, through modeling and analysing learnign data collected from custom designed online learning modules deployed in introductory physics courses. He/she will also take a leading role in designing, developing and implementing instructional meterials and tools for online and blended learning environments, working closely with a team of developers from the center for distributed learning at UCF. For more detailed information please visit: http://sciences.ucf.edu/physics/per/per-faculty/zhongzhou-chen/

This is an initial 12-month appointment, with possible renewal for a second year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in extensive personalized professional mentoring as part of UCF’s Preeminent Postdoctoral Program. Professional development activities may include training on and participation in grant writing, training in mentoring and scaffolded mentoring of students, participation in the STEM Education Reading Group, and participation in the UCF iSTEM Faculty Fellows program (for disciplinary faculty working on education projects).

Required experience: Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education Research, STEM Education Research, Psychometrics, Data Science or other related fields. Familiarity with discipline-based education research methodologies and comfortable working with large educational datasets. Demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
Online, digital or technology enhanced learning research, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Educational data-mining
Big data and data visualization
Web development
Psychometrics


Salary: $50,000 per year with benefits and $5000 one time travel award.

Start date: Between January 2018 and June 2018. (Exact starting date will be negotiated with the successful candidate.)

How to apply: Applicants should submit the following materials to Dr. Zhongzhou Chen at Zhongzhou.Chen@ucf.edu.
1. Letter of interest
2. Current CV including a list of publications;
3. A Statement of Research Interests describing the candidate's relevant background and research interest;
4. Contact information for three professional references to Dr. Zhongzhou Chen Zhongzhou.Chen@ucf.edu;
5. Put "Postdoc Application 2018" in the subject line

Screening of candidates will start on December 1st, 2017, and the position will remain open till it is filled.

Additional Information:
For more information on the Physics Education Research group at UCF please visit:
https://sciences.ucf.edu/physics/research/research-areas/physics-education-research/
http://sciences.ucf.edu/physics/per/

The University of Central Florida is located conveniently in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Full Time Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY



The School of Science (SoS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for the position of Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, starting January 2018. This renewable position will initially be a 3-year appointment.
Primary responsibilities will be introductory undergraduate Physics education for engineering and science students. There is an emphasis on development of new pedagogical methods. There will also be opportunities to teach senior level physics courses or to contribute to Physics educational development projects, depending on the candidate’s strengths and interests.
Candidates must possess a Ph.D., or foreign degree equivalent, in Physics or a closely-related discipline. The successful candidate is expected to have strong teaching, advising, and mentoring skills. The ideal candidate will be an individual with a comprehensive vision of physics education, as well as the skills needed to integrate hands-on laboratory skills at the introductory physics levels.
We welcome candidates who bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employee
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, qualified applicants must submit a resume, a statement of teaching and professional interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness as well as contact information for three references by email to: perraj@rpi.edu
Evidence of teaching effectiveness may include student evaluations, publications or conference presentations related to teaching practices or pilot studies, syllabi, and/or sample assignments.

Applicants should arrange for their references to send letters directly to perraj@rpi.edu at this time.

Inquiries may be directed to
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Attn: Prof. Vincent Meunier
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180-3590
Internal Number: 005977

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Today’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is combining its legacy of leadership in technology-based education with an expanding emphasis on the pursuit of discovery. Our over 450 faculty members include National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows, members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and other eminent professional organizations. The In...stitute employs over 1,900 faculty and staff in the areas of Biotechnology, Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Management Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Business, Finance, Administration, Public Relations, Athletics, and Facilities Management. Rensselaer employees are rewarded through a competitive compensation package, an exceptional benefits plan, professional growth and development, a technologically advanced work environment, and continuing educational opportunities.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Senior Science Educator/Physicist, Exploratorium Teacher Institute

http://exploratorium.applytojob.com/apply/NwViEKAX7P/Senior-Science-EducatorPhysicist

SUMMARY
The Exploratorium Teacher Institute (TI) is a nationally recognized teacher professional development center that promotes inquiry-rich teaching and learning in middle and high school science classrooms. TI’s mission is to create and support a collaborative community of teachers, at all levels of their careers, through professional development that joyfully emphasizes the teaching and learning of science as a process for understanding the world around us. TI’s body of work includes face-to-face workshops, online courses and resources, and research on teacher learning that has been disseminated via media and peer-reviewed publications. This work is developed locally at the Exploratorium and implemented broadly through regional, national, and international partnerships. Learn more about our work at: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ti.

The Senior Science Educator/Physicist position is designed for a physicist interested in working in an informal education setting and supporting middle and high school science teachers in their efforts to make physics engaging for their students. This position will work closely with Teacher Institute faculty of PhD scientists and veteran classroom teachers in developing and implementing summer institutes and Saturday workshops, working with teachers in the classroom, and creating and delivering online programs. The Senior Science Educator/Physicist will provide science content support for Teacher Institute programs, including the creation of engaging, hand-on, inquiry-based activities for teaching science, and will provide consultation for special projects across the Exploratorium, including publications, online resources, museum public programs, and exhibit development, where appropriate. The position requires a proactive, highly organized person with excellent science teaching, science communication, and writing skills.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Design, organize, and deliver teacher professional development workshops.
  • Provide doctoral level scientific expertise and pedagogical support to the Exploratorium, including consultation for exhibit designers, conducting training for floor staff, and assisting with museum public programs when needed.
  • Develop middle and/or high school level science activities and learning experiences, including written descriptions for dissemination by the Exploratorium.
  • Publish and disseminate successful activities and strategies within the area of science teacher professional development.
  • Effectively teach science content to a variety of audiences, including teachers, the general public, and museum professionals.
  • Communicate and represent the vision, goals, and activities of TI within the museum, to other organizations, and to the teacher professional development field.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD in physics, or equivalent required.
  • Minimum 5 years' teaching experience required: science teaching experience at the middle or high school level strongly preferred.
  • Experience in designing, making, and troubleshooting lab and/or classroom equipment and materials.
  • Proven ability to communicate science effectively.
  • Demonstrated publication record in science, science education or equivalent.
  • Experience in a leadership position on large NSF or equivalent STEM education project preferred.
  • Successful track record in grant development, grant reporting, and project management.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Ability to work independently and within a team of scientists and master science educators.
  • Ability to work on some Saturdays and evenings.
  • Ability to travel to workshops and conferences both locally and nationally.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Open until filled.

This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt union position that includes benefits. All new teachers are initially hired on a fixed-term basis during their first teaching year. Re-hire to a regular teaching appointment is based on review of the employee's performance and suitability for the Exploratorium's teaching environment. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job.

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TT at University of Northern Colorado





This tenure-track position requires a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, or a Ph.D. in science education with significant graduate coursework in physics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach science methods courses, supervise student teachers, and teach physics and/or astronomy courses for science and non-science majors. Strength in teaching and professional activity, involvement of undergraduates in research, and service to the profession and university are also expected. A history of involvement in K-12 science education is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, or a Ph.D. in science education with significant graduate coursework in physics.
  • Ability to teach science methods courses, supervise student teachers, and teach physics and/or astronomy courses for science and non-science majors.
  • Demonstrated strength in teaching and professional activity.
  • Plan for an active research program involving undergraduates.
  • Evidence of service to the discipline.
Preferred Qualifications:
A history of involvement in K-12 science education.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Screening of applications will begin on December 4th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested persons should apply online at https://careers.unco.edu and select "View/Apply for Faculty Positions" then choose "Assistant Professor - Physics." Application documents to be submitted online are a letter of application/cover letter, a curriculum vitae, post-secondary transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point), and the names and contact information of three references. A plan for involving undergraduates in research also should be submitted via the online application process in the "Other Document" category. You will also be required to enter the names and contact information for three current professional references who will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation directly onto a confidential portal.
Additional information or questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Charles Kuehn, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 127, 501 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80639, charles.kuehn@unco.edu.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed as 0.5 FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for Dependent Tuition Grants. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Additional Requirements :
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.





























NTT at Wittenberg University

 












About Wittenberg University:
Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 1,800 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Job Description:


The Department of Physics at Wittenberg University seeks candidates for a full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Practice starting in August, 2018. The primary responsibility of this position is teaching (typically 3 courses and 2 lab sections per semester), advising, and curriculum development. Teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate courses supporting the physics major and other science majors including the pre-health and pre-engineering programs, as well as in general education courses. We are open to candidates in all areas of physics, but especially encourage applications from candidates with a background in applied physics..

Requirements:


Candidates should have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, or a master's degree in physics or a closely related field plus at least 5 years of relevant experience. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to and aptitude for exemplary undergraduate teaching. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing and able to mentor students in senior projects.

Additional Information:


Screening will begin January 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please see our notice of nondiscrimination housed on our website.

Application Instructions:


Complete applications should include the following: a cover letter, a resume or CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references.
If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at 937-327-7517.
Returning applicants please login to your account to review your completed application or to upload current documents.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

TT in PER, CU-Boulder

The Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Physics Education Research (PER).  The successful candidate will join a vibrant research group in PER, and is expected to establish a vigorous research program, which includes attracting external funding to support undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to teach a broad spectrum of Physics Department courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should be well versed in contemporary issues in the field of PER and associated research-based teaching practices. More on the PER group at Colorado can be found at: per.colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.
  
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics or related areas.

Preferred Qualifications: We are particularly interested in candidates complementing and broadening research within the Physics Education Research group at Colorado. 


Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, CV, List of References, Statement of Research Plan, Statement of Teaching Philosophy 

Application Materials Instructions: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Name: Heather Lewandowski 
Contact Email: cupersearch@gmail.com

Friday, October 20, 2017

[Readvertised: open until Dec 15] Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education), Michigan State, PERL Group

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins Michigan State University's College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe) and its Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research focused on two areas: 1) teachers’ instructional practices, and teacher learning as individuals and as a community of practitioners; and 2) teachers’ attention to equity-related patterns in student participation, and students’ subjective experiences related to equity and inequity in classrooms.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with education and physics faculty to:
  • Design multiple professional development opportunities for supporting teachers to integrate computation into high school physics courses,
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with in-service high school physics teachers,
  • Gather and analyze qualitative data about teacher learning in both professional development and teaching environments,
  • Interview students and teachers about patterns of participation, particularly focused on issues of equity,
  • Mentor junior researchers including graduate students and undergraduates in research on teacher education, and
  • Author articles for journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Cognition and Instruction, as well as discipline specific journals, such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Present research results at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conferences.

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in the Michigan State’s Teacher Education program and Physics Education Research Lab (http://perl.pa.msu.edu/).

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Education, STEM Education, or Teacher Education. Candidates holding a Ph.D. in physics with a dissertation emphasizing education research are also qualified. A successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Prior professional development experience, which may include leading or supporting in-service or pre-service teachers, teaching assistants, and/or learning assistants,
  • A qualitative research background in some area (e.g., ethnography, case studies) using well-established qualitative methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews, video analysis).
  • Work organizing a large team around some project (teaching, research, or service).

An exceptional candidate will will demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • K12 teaching experience in STEM,
  • Prior experience designing professional development,
  • Coordinating data collection across multiple sites including managing video data,
  • Supervising junior collaborators on education research,
  • Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team,
  • A history of successful publications, and/or
  • An interest in issues surrounding (in)equity in STEM education.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to careers.msu.edu (posting number 467633). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on Oct 15, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Start date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early 2018. Questions regarding the position may be directed to either Prof. Niral Shah (niral@msu.edu) or Prof. David Stroupe (dstroupe@msu.edu), research advisors for this project.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

[Readvertised: open until Dec 15] Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Student Learning), Michigan State, PERL group

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins the Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving) and its College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research on student learning and engagement as teacher’s work to implement their co-designed computational activities.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with physics and education faculty to:
  • Design multiple professional development opportunities for supporting teachers to integrate computation into high school physics courses,
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with in-service high school physics teachers,
  • Gather and analyze data in classrooms of students working on computational activities,
  • Interview students and teachers about computational usage and experiences,
  • Conduct research using qualitative methods to determine how students approach their work on computational activities,
  • Mentor junior researchers including graduate students and undergraduates in physics education research, and
  • Author articles for journals such as Physical Review: Physics Education Research, the American Journal of Physics, and The Physics Teacher, as well as
  • Present research results at professional conferences such as the American Association of Physics Teachers conference and the Physics Education Research Conference.

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in the Michigan State’s Physics Education Research Lab (http://perl.pa.msu.edu/) and Teacher Education program.

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics, physics education, or STEM education. A successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Prior professional development experience, which may include leading or supporting in-service or pre-service teachers, teaching assistants, and/or learning assistants,
  • Some form of computational experience in their academic experience, research, or both,
  • A qualitative research background in some area (e.g., ethnography, case studies) using well-established qualitative methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews, video analysis).
  • Prior work organizing a large team around some project (teaching, research, and/or service).

An exceptional candidate will will demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Experience with physics education research,
  • Prior experience designing professional development,
  • Coordinating data collection across multiple sites including managing video data,
  • Supervising junior collaborators on education research,
  • Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team,
  • A history of successful publications, and/or
  • An interest in issues surrounding (in)equity in computational education.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to careers.msu.edu (posting number 467584). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on Oct 15, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Start date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early 2018. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Paul Irving (pwirving@msu.edu), research advisor for this project, or Prof. Danny Caballero (caballero@pa.msu.edu), co-director of the Physics Education Research Lab.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.