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

FT Renewable Physics Education Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma is continuing our search for a Full Time Renewable Term Assistant Professor in physics education. The successful candidate will join our faculty members in efforts to improve our undergraduate students' learning and implementing evidence-based practices in teaching. This position will start January 1, 2018, or as soon after as possible.

The primary aspects of this position are to teach three or four courses per year, manage and enhance the teaching resources available to our faculty, and supervise graduate students running introductory laboratories. The person in this position will also work with interested department members to improve their individual courses and provide expertise in departmental curriculum reform. The successful candidate is expected to remain current in the results of physics education research. Engaging in research activities is an option, based on the interests of the candidate.


Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. degree in physics, astronomy, physics education, astronomy education, or a closely related field by January 1,2018. Candidates should have an excellent record of physics and/or astronomy instruction and a demonstrated interest in instructional effectiveness at the undergraduate level.

The position has a five-year review based on goals set by the job description, and determined by the department chair and the successful candidate. Promotion to higher rank is possible.

Application and Deadline Information

Interested individuals should submit a single PDF file to,  containing: a cover letter describing interest in this position, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching experience and goals, and a summary of research accomplishments. The teaching and research statements should be a total of 8 pages or less combined. Candidates should also request three letters of recommendation be sent directly to

To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible; application review will begin October 1,2017.

For more information about the department, visit Requests for more information can be addressed to Dr. Bruce Mason, head of the search committee, at The position will remain open until filled.

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 (