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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Phys Port Fellow Postdoc, Kansas State University

Kansas State University is hiring a postdoctoral research associate for a new project to study the use and impact of PhysPort.org 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 (esayre@ksu.edu) or Sam (smckagan@aapt.org).
Interested applicants should apply by submitting a letter of interest and a curriculum vita as well as a list including contact information for at least three references at this link:  http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/502494/fellow-post-doc-physics

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.  Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FT Renewable, University of Florida

Lecturer in Physics at the University of Florida
As part of a major faculty hiring initiative, the Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks qualified applicants for a full-time, nine-month, renewable, non-tenure-track Lecturer position to begin in August 2018.
The primary teaching duties will be to work as a part of a team teaching over 5000 students who take introductory physics classes at UF each year.  Depending on the applicant's background and departmental needs, other areas of undergraduate physics instruction may be involved.  The Lecturer will be expected to help with programmatic improvements in our large course instruction by, for example, training teaching and learning assistants, applying pedagogy from physics education research, including more active learning environments, or implementing strategies to encourage and maintain participation from groups underrepresented in physics and STEM fields.
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Physics Education, or a related field, and at least two years of experience teaching undergraduate Physics. Experience with some of the teaching improvements mentioned above is preferred. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Opportunities for summer teaching are likely. At UF, Lecturers have professional development opportunities, including a well-defined promotion structure, a professional development leave program, and access to travel funds for conference presentations.
Applications must be submitted online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/504681 , and must include: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list, a summary of physics teaching background and experience, a link to a short (5-10 minute) instructional video prepared by the applicant on a topic of his or her choice, and the names and contact information for three to five references. Reference providers will only be notified of their upload link once an application is submitted in full, so early completion of an application is highly recommended.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by November 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Prof. Selman Hershfield (selman@phys.ufl.edu).

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

TT in DBER, Auburn AL

Auburn University-College of Sciences and Mathematics Tenure Track Position in Discipline-Based Education Research

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month position at the level of Assistant Professor, with research interests in the area of discipline-based education research. The home department of the successful candidate will be housed in either COSAM’s Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physics, according to the background of the candidate. COSAM has recently hired DBER faculty in the Department of Geosciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
COSAM is eager to grow this developing DBER group within the college.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded DBER program and collaborate with a growing cohort of researchers within the college on studying/transforming STEM higher education through basic and applied research methods and their assessment. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, innovation of evidence-based, active-learning course development/delivery, and efficacy of student-led teaching methods in the learning process within the STEM classroom/lab. Duties also will include teaching in the home department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising graduate research.

A Ph.D. in one of the science disciplines of the above participating departments, a record of scholarly accomplishments in science education research, and at least one year of research/teaching experience beyond the Ph.D. are required. The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on the date the appointment is scheduled to begin (August 2018) and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. The candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal communications skills.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2018, it was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2017 enrollment of 29,776 students includes 23,964 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. A large and dynamic STEM program exists at Auburn, with close to 50% of total student instruction being based within STEM departments.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a detailed 2 to 3-page statement of the research plan, a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of at least three references when submitted electronically at  https://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2489.
 
Review of applications will begin 1 December 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information please contact dber3@auburn.edu.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Science Education Postdoc, Emory University, Atlanta GA


The Heemstra Lab at Emory University in collaboration with a cross-disciplinary group of science and education researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Haverford College; the University of Utah; and Georgia Gwinnett College seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to join a group effort investigating students’ relationships with failure in academic settings and interventions aimed at helping students to deal with failure. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be under the joint supervision of Jen Heemstra, Acting Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, and Lisa Corwin, Biology Education Researcher and Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This postdoc will work on a project entitled Promoting Student Success by Shaping Attitudes Toward Failure: Investigating how mindset interventions can help students to understand, embrace, and overcome short-term failure.
This project aims to investigate how academic interventions drawing from research on mindset, resiliency, and attribution theory can be used in classroom and laboratory settings to help students overcome fear of failure and productively respond when failure does occur. Productive responses to failures involve responses that allow an individual to quickly overcome the emotional costs of failure, learn from the failure experience, and, if possible, solve the problem associated with the failure or apply their learning to future experiences. The research aims to characterize both productive and unproductive failure responses common in an academic environment and identify academic interventions and instructional practices that help students abandon unproductive responses and adopt productive responses.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will serve as a general project manager and oversee day-to-day operations of the project. They will be involved in all aspects of the project with special attention to study design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of the findings through conferences and publications. The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Attend all project leadership team meetings including project design and implementation meetings and meetings to determine the scope and direction of the project,
  • Assist with study design, with special attention to the statistical analysis that will accompany the project,
  • Help refine interventions aimed at preparing students for failures or assisting students in coping with recent failures,
  • Attend and assist with professional development meetings aimed at training participants in use of interventions,
  • Engage in data collection (first year) and analysis (second year),
  • Engage in collaborative data viewing and analysis sessions with the project leadership team specifically aimed at evaluating the efficacy of tested interventions,
  • Build educational research skills and an education research agenda to carry on their own independent work after this position, and
  • Mentor undergraduate students and/or graduate research assistants associated with the project.
We are seeking candidates who have either a Ph.D. in Science Education, Learning Sciences, Educational Psychology, or related fields, or a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or Biology, experience teaching, and a strong desire to engage in education research. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications or a strong motivation to gain experience in these areas:
  • Experience in science education research,
  • Experience conducting multivariate statistics including multiple regression, hierarchical linear models, and structural equation modeling,
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level,
  • Effective communication skills across disciplines, particularly to explain the nuances of a discipline to those outside of the discipline,
  • Experience with data collection, particularly in undergraduate settings, and
  • Experience working in the sciences (Chemistry, Biology, or Physics).
Salary: $47,500/year
Start date: February 2018 (negotiable)
Term: Initial appointment will be for one year (renewable for a second year)
Application procedure: Email cover letter, CV, and brief summary of past research as a single PDF to both Jen Heemstra (jen [dot] heemstra [at] emory [dot] edu) and Lisa Corwin (lisa [dot] corwin [at] colorado [dot] edu).  Letters of recommendation will be solicited for selected candidates. Application review will begin on Monday October 9th. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.