Friday, March 31, 2017

Teaching Postdoc, Stanford

Job description: The Physics Department at Stanford University is seeking applications for a Science Education Fellow in Physics to support committed faculty in implementing an effective transition of physics courses to an active learning format. Fellows will typically have a recent PhD in physics and a keen interest in how learning works and how to improve it. Experience in facilitating interactive learning is desirable. The Fellow will join a cohort of Science and Engineering Education Fellows, including a current Fellow in Physics. The Fellow will be provided with training and with opportunities to engage in courses in a meaningful way, that will help to prepare the Fellow for a possible career in teaching and education. The Fellow will typically support one course per quarter in its initial transition to active learning; the course may be at any level or in any of the areas taught in a standard undergraduate physics curriculum.

A Fellow’s role will typically include the following elements in the quarters before, during, and after the course is taught: research and collect learning goals and existing active learning materials; facilitate the identification, development, and/or improvement of learning goals for the course; research and develop measures of students’ prior knowledge; work with the faculty instructor to develop activities, problem sets, pre-class preparation assignments, and other curricular materials that target the learning goals; co-teach a fraction of in-class activities, or one section (of three) per week; use Stanford resources to develop instruments to assess the effectiveness of different elements of the course and incorporate corrections; document and archive course materials using modern sustainable techniques that facilitate collaboration and sharing with other faculty; and serve as a resource in the department for other teaching-related projects.
In addition to these duties, Science Education Fellows in Physics can take advantage of opportunities to organize and teach a summer course of their own, for their own professional development and credentials.

The appointment begins July 31, 2017, for a two-year term that is renewable for one additional year depending on programmatic need and job performance. Starting annual salary will be $70,000 with an additional supplement of up to $2,000/year that can be used for professional development opportunities and work-related expenses.

Applicants should submit the following materials: a letter that addresses qualifications including any relevant experience in teaching and course development, and knowledge or expertise in physics education, learning, and pedagogy; a current curriculum vitae; a teaching statement; and a summary of student, peer and/or other teaching evaluations. Application materials should be submitted using Academic Jobs Online.
In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted by the reference writers through the Academic Jobs Online website. At least one letter writer should address the applicant’s experience or qualifications in teaching. If the applicant has not yet completed the Ph.D., one letter writer should address the status of dissertation progress toward completion by the end of June 2017.

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2017.
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Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission.