Monday, July 31, 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar - East Carolina University

Postdoctoral Scholar
The STEM Collaborative for Research in Education (STEM CoRE) at East Carolina University (ECU) is seeking a candidate for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin in the fall semester of 2017. Primary responsibilities include data collection, management, analysis and dissemination for an NSF funded project. The project's goal is to transform foundational undergraduate laboratory courses through an inclusive curricula across the three disciplines, using a common laboratory structure, language and emphasis for instruction. Multiple types of published, validated interdisciplinary assessments will be used, allowing triangulation of data within and between disciplines. This position is guaranteed funding for three-years.
Candidates should have a PhD in a physical or life science field with an emphasis on science education or an education research field, such as evaluation and measurement, or curriculum & instruction. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as a strong personal commitment to undergraduate STEM education. Preference will be given to candidates with qualitative and quantitative education research experience as well as a broad knowledge of social statistical methods.
To apply, please log on to to view job posting details and search for Position #: PDS-CHEM-07-17.

Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a CV/Resume and a cover letter stating your experience research in STEM in higher education; and provide contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin on August 2, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.
For additional information about the position, please contact Joi Walker at or 252-328-9772.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lab Adjunct, College of Mt. Saint Vincent, NY

Physics Adjunct: General Physics Laboratory

THE COLLEGE OF MOUNT SAINT VINCENT has a part-time (adjunct) position available in
the Division of Natural Sciences to teach two General Physics I Labs (Fall 2017) for undergraduate science majors. Each lab meets for three hours per week on Monday afternoon and evening. General Physics is a two-semester course employing an algebra-based approach to the basic concepts of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics and elementary atomic and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on biological applications.

Applicants must have a master’s or doctoral degree physics degree. It is desirable for the applicant to have prior college teaching experience. The laboratories are conducted using Vernier date collection equipment.

Please email by August. 5, 2017 a brief cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy (recommended), and the names of and contact information for three people who could recommend you in a professional (teaching) capacity. The email should be sent to Dr. Daniel Amarante,, and Dr. Ana Ribeiro,

Friday, July 28, 2017

TWO Postdocs, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY

RIT HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative
Open Postdoctoral Positions

The Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning & Evaluation (CASTLE) at the Rochester Institute of Technology seeks two post-docs in the areas of physics, biology or chemistry education to join an HHMI-funded project focusing on fostering a culture of inclusivity and equity in the natural sciences. Additional teaching and/or research activities may be negotiated, with particular flexibility to pursue research questions related to inclusivity and equity.
The program develops faculty to proactively recruit and mentor targeted students in undergraduate research and creates new course materials to improve reflective and metacognitive strategies. Postdocs will work with PIs to develop and implement workshop materials, design and administer evaluations, and interview faculty and student participants. Additionally, post-docs will have opportunity to contribute to activities that develop an inclusive, college-wide faculty/student and student/student community.
The position is fully funded through HHMI and CASTLE; the joint funding enables flexibility for non-HHMI related work, joining ongoing discipline-based education research projects within the Science & Mathematics Education Research Collaborative (SMERC) or teaching courses in the appropriate discipline (physics, biology or chemistry) or within the Learning Assistant program. A non-full time appointment to allow time for personal projects may be negotiated.
FTE salary: ~$50,000 depending on experience, with full benefits.
Start date & term:  January of 2018; exact date negotiable. Initial appointment will be for one year (renewable for another year).
Minimum Qualifications:
·       Ph.D. in STEM or STEM education discipline
·       Desire to engage fully with the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative journal clubs, research group meetings and other activities
·       Demonstrated commitment to equity in both teaching and research foci, and familiarity with contemporary efforts to achieve equity and foster an inclusive environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
·       Experience in STEM education research
·       Experience teaching at the undergraduate level
·       Ability/desire to participate in associated CASTLE programs
How to apply: Applications will be accepted through RIT’s online portal at Additonal information can be foundon the CASTLE webpage at  
Contact: Scott Franklin ( or Dina Newman ( with any questions.     

Saturday, July 22, 2017

TT in PER at San Jose State Univeristy

Editor's note: This position was previously posted as rumored. It has now been confirmed and posted. Applicants with PhDs in any discipline who are active physics education researchers, and who meet the qualifications below will be considered.

San José State University San José, California
Physics Education Research Job Opening ID (JOID): 24185
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

Qualifications: Doctoral degree in Physics or related field is required. The ideal candidate will specialize in Physics Education Research (PER). We are especially interested in candidates who have interest and experience in curricular design and evaluation. Candidates should be familiar with a variety of contemporary, research-based teaching practices. Applicants who have an interest in introductory physics course reform are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach courses at the BS/BA and MS level, and engage in physics education research. The candidate will also develop an externally funded research program that provides support and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will participate in committees and advising. The candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 17, 2018 Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Application Procedure: For full consideration, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and the names and contact information of three references by November 1, 2017 to 

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence. San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. The latest San José State University Safety 101 Uniform Campus Crime and Security Report is available. You may request a copy of San José State University’s annual safety report by contacting the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or by visiting the University Police Department website at (

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rumored: PhysPort Postdoc, Kansas State University (remote option)

Kansas State University is hiring a postdoctoral research associate for a new project to study the use and impact of by physics faculty, and to determine ways to increase its effectiveness. PhysPort is an online professional development resource that supports physics faculty in implementing research-based teaching and assessment in their classrooms by providing expert recommendations, based on Physics Education Research (PER). The goal of this project will answer the following research questions:
1. How do physics faculty use PhysPort?
2. What is the impact of PhysPort on teaching practice for both faculty and departments?

As a postdoc, your work may include observing and interviewing interviewing physics faculty, performing phenomenographic and statistical analyses, preparing research results for publication and presentation, assisting with supervising students, and assisting with designing changes to PhysPort based on research results. You will work closely with Ellie Sayre (PhysPort Research Director, Kansas State University), Sam McKagan (PhysPort Director, American Association of Physics Teachers), Adrian Madsen (PhysPort Assistant Director, American Association of Physics Teachers), and a team of researchers at Kansas State University and AAPT.

This position is based at Kansas State University, but involves close collaboration with a geographically distributed team and we will consider hiring someone who would work remotely.

We are passionate about the professional development of our postdocs. You will receive training on research, writing papers and grant proposals, user-centered design, and working with a team.

Preferred qualifications:
  • PhD/EdD in STEM field or physics/science education
  • Enthusiastic learner
  • Passion for improving the state of physics education at the university level
  • Successful research record and the ability to conduct independent research
  • Ability to listen and draw out people’s experiences and perspectives (e.g. in the context of interviews)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with physics faculty
  • Experience with research into faculty/teacher change, instructional change, institutional change, and/or faculty/teacher professional development
  • Experience with qualitative research including interviewing and video analysis
  • Experience with statistics
  • Strong communication and writing skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Ability to work with a geographically distributed team
We realize that no one person has all of these preferred qualifications; a successful candidate might have some of them. If you are interested in this position, we encourage you to apply, or at least contact us with questions.

If you have any questions about the project or the position, please contact Ellie ( or Sam (

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coordinator of Digital Instruction - Purdue IN

Coordinator of Digital Instruction - West Lafayette - Physics and Astronomy ( Job Number: 1701131)

Manage and maintain existing and emerging digital technologies, aid in the development of courses, and lead new instructional innovations.  Work with faculty in development of digital materials and provide leadership for the latest developments in teaching and learning technologies.  Troubleshoot online course modules and assist faculty with problem resolution.  Coordinate development of online course resources (course web sites, learning objects, digital media, online quizzes and surveys, instructional simulations, etc.).  Coordinate with other Purdue entities and maintain course-related social networking sites.


• Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) or related Educational field
• Capacity to develop, evaluate and implement instructional design strategies into courses.
• Familiarity with context of online learning in higher education nationwide.

• Experience with consulting for and the development of online instructional resources.
• Knowledge of current and emerging instructional technologies and best practices for integrating with online instruction.
• Expertise with instructional design strategies.
• Project management skills.
• Demonstrated computer skills.
• Skills with key software packages related to online instructional development, web site design such as Dreamweaver and Cascade.
• Skills with Blackboard and familiarity with other common LMSs
• Ability to utilize social networking tools such as Facebook.
• Proficiency in analyzing data and communicate trends and issues.
• Ability to produce and edit video from various environments (classrooms, green room).
• Ability to collaborate with multiple constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate with faculty and staff.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.

Additional Information:
• A background check will be required for employment.
• FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
• Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
• Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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FIVE Postdocs with PERL@MSU, Michigan State

Five postdocs with PERL@MSU

PERL@MSU is a growing and vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. An opportune place to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, teaching, and outreach in physics, PERL@MSU collaborates with various universities across the world as well as with researchers at MSU working in CREATE for STEM, the college of education, and the learning sciences.

Postdoc in Informal Physics Education
A new NSF funded project led by Prof. Katie Hinko ( seeks to determine the landscape of informal physics programming across the United States. A postdoc is sought to help develop a survey of informal efforts, construct a taxonomy of those programs, and study “successful” and “failed” programs to determine the culture and resources needed to support such programs.

Two Postdocs in Computational Physics Education in HS classrooms
A new NSF funded project led by Prof. Danny Caballero ( and Prof. Paul Irving ( seeks to develop computational modeling activities for high school classrooms in Michigan in collaboration with participating high school teachers. Two postdocs are to help study student learning and engagement as well as teacher’s instructional practices.

Postdoc in Introductory Laboratory Assessment and Evaluation
An existing Howard Hughes Medical Institute project led by Prof. Danny Caballero ( and Dr. Bill Martinez resulted in the development and implementation of laboratory courses for life science majors. A postdoc is sought to help develop and test a laboratory assessment aligned with AAPT lab guidelines and locally-developed faculty- consensus learning goals.

Postdoc in Computational Physics Education in Undergraduate Classrooms
A new Center for Excellence in Education has been established at the University of Oslo. An initial effort of this Center for Computing in Science Education is to develop assessments for computational physics that are widely applicable to introductory courses in which computing is taught. A postdoc will collaborate with Prof. Danny Caballero ( to support those efforts. Relocation to Oslo, Norway is expected.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Postdoc, Cal Poly Pomona

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position Announcement

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow. The successful candidate will work with Associate Prof. Homeyra Sadaghiani on a broad array of topics related to the NSF-funded (#1626482) collaborative research projects titled: Collaborative Research: Research as a base to develop adaptable curricula bridging instructional paradigms in Quantum Mechanics.

The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow include: contribute to research in understanding student learning of quantum mechanism, develop and analyze assessment data; contribute to the development of curriculum and assessment material; conduct semi-structured interviews; analyze qualitative data and student work; participate in collaborative project meetings of the team members; present research at conferences; and draft manuscripts for peer reviewed publication. This position may include a possible teaching opportunity in Modern Physics and/or undergraduate Quantum Mechanics for one 10-week quarter course per year. The successful candidate will develop their teaching portfolio with the guidance and support of department faculty, who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning.

The project leadership includes Gina Passante (CSU Fullerton), Steve Pollock (University of Colorado Boulder), and Homeyra Sadaghiani (Cal Poly Pomona). The postdoctoral fellow will be located in California, but will work closely with all members of the project team. The postdoc will be housed at Cal Poly Pomona the first year, and with suitable progress it is expected that the successful candidate will continue for a second year appointment at Cal State University Fullerton.

Required experience: Ph.D. in Physics or Physics Education Research- familiarity with Discipline-based education research methodologies. A demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently.

Desired experience: Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: Physics Education research in upper division undergraduate courses, using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data; instrument development and assessment; developing interview protocols; strong oral and written communication skills.

Salary: $50,000 to $55,000 depending on experience. Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and a retirement program currently offered through CalPERS.

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

Term: One year at Cal Poly Pomona and with suitable progress a second year at Cal State Fullerton.

How to apply: Applicants should submit letter of interest, current CV including a list of publications; Statement of Teaching Philosophy; a Statement of Research Interests describing the candidate's relevant background and interest in physics education research; and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Homeyra Sadaghiani at The review of the applications will start on November 1, 2017, and the position will remain open till it is filled.

Included Benefits:
Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and a retirement program currently offered through CalPERS.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Foundation are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Postdoc, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is hiring a Research Associate in STEM Education to start in September 2017

The position:
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to split time between conducting research and leading the development of a thriving community of faculty who teach Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) classes.
Research topics may include (but are not limited to):
  • How faculty create courses from collection of curricular materials, use online resources, and engage in online communities
  • How user interfaces can affect course design
  • How community building activities such as workshops and social media can help faculty incorporate, adapt and maintain innovative instructional methods in their teaching.
Community building activities may include (but are not limited to):
  • Conducting in-person and online workshops for physics faculty
  • Seeding and facilitating online discussions
  • Learning about and engaging in best practices for creating thriving online communities

The project:
IPLS-Portal is a collaborative project between the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and 8 colleges and universities to create a web portal to collect and curate curricular materials developed for Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) classes, and to sustain a community of educators dedicated to iteratively improving instruction in these courses. The project started approximately one year ago and we have conducted initial research into how physics faculty plan IPLS courses, categorize curricular materials, create curricular materials, and collaborate with other instructors in their course planning and implementation. We have a large collection of interview and focus group data available for analysis for a wide variety of investigations. Over the next 3 years, the project will create a large database of interdisciplinary curricular materials that is easily searchable and browsable, support faculty in adapting these materials, help faculty design new IPLS courses that fit their specific circumstances, and sustain a community educators interacting and learning through the portal. We aim to create a thriving community of IPLS instructors who share stories, ideas, and materials through professional development workshops and extended online and in-person interactions. Finally, we will conduct extensive research into the use of the database and the curricular materials therein, and the evolution of the community of users.

Preferred qualifications:
  • PhD/EdD in STEM field or physics/science education
  • Enthusiastic learner (because this project will involve research in many different areas, your ability to learn is more important than extensive experience in relevant areas)
  • Understands how to listen and draw out people’s experiences and perspectives (e.g. in the context of interviews)
  • Experience with research into faculty/teacher change, instructional change, institutional change, and/or faculty/teacher professional development
  • Experience with an existing online community of educators
  • Experience with qualitative research including interviewing and video analysis
  • Strong communication and writing skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Ability to work with a geographically distributed team

  • Employer: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Location: Preferably in the DC area, but will consider hiring someone who would work remotely
  • Supervisors: Primary supervisor Chandra Turpen, with additional advising by a team of researchers at the University of Maryland (Joe Redish), Montgomery College (Raluca Teodorescu), and the American Association of Physics Teachers (Sam McKagan and Adrian Madsen).
  • Start date: Prefer September 2017, but will be flexible for the right candidate
  • Time commitment: Prefer full-time, but will be flexible for the right candidate
  • Length of appointment: 1-year contract, renewable up to 3 years
For more information:

To apply:
Please submit the following to Chandra Turpen at
  • Cover letter, including:

    • Why you are interested in this position
    • Why you are a good fit for this position
    • Your preferred start date
    • When you received or expect to receive your PhD or EdD
    • Your preferred work location (College Park, MD; or elsewhere)
    • Your preferred full-time or part-time status (ranging from 50% to 100% time)
  • CV, including:
    • List of publications
    • Education, research, and community-building experience
    • Contact information for three references

Thursday, July 6, 2017

RUMORED: TT in PER at San Jose State University


San Jose State University Department of Physics and Astronomy will likely be making a new tenure-track hire in the area of Physics Education Research. Candidates with a research or service experience in introductory course design and evaluation are especially encouraged to apply. The committee will also consider applicants who have not yet earned their PhD but who have an expected graduation date earlier than fall of 2018. Formal job call will be posted when published. If you have questions you may contact Cassandra Paul ( or Benedikt Harrer (