Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Visiting prof at Bowdoin

Bowdoin College is seeking a visiting assistant professor for the 2008-2009 Academic Year. A PhD in Physics or Astronomy is required, although candidates who expect to finish their degree within a year will be considered. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for high-quality teaching in a strong undergraduate program. Courses to be taught include Introductory Astronomy at two levels, and intermediate or advanced courses for Physics majors. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. Applicants should submit a c.v. and a letter describing teaching and research interests, and should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Madeleine Msall, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 8800 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8488. The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 10. Bowdoin is a highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 25% students of color, 4% International students and approximately 15% first generation college students. Bowdoin College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs. For further information about the college and the department, see our website at

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tenure track at Queensborough Community College

Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Department: Physics
Issue Date: 1/15/2008
Closing Date: 3/14/2008
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
PVN Number: FY14623

Queensborough Community College offers a unique opportunity for physics education research. Its student body reflects the diversity of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the world. As part of the City University of New York, Queensborough offers the opportunity to collaborate with faculty throughout the university and access to the University’s over 200,000 students. Faculty can work with the New York City Board of Education and its over one million K-12 students.

Teach physics for elementary education majors and courses in physics at all levels up to and including modern physics. Mentor and advise students including those pursuing a major in secondary education. Work with the department in the evaluation,
implementation and assessment of best pedagogical practices. Participate in Departmental and College activities including committees, curriculum development and preparation of grants. Continued scholarly activities required for tenure and promotion.

Some evening or weekend teaching may be required.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in physics/physics education or related area and teaching experience are required. Record of research/publication in physics/physics education preferred.

Send Resume to:
Chairperson of Physics Education Search Committee
Office of Faculty & Staff Relations (A-410)
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364-1497

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tenure-track, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Physics required. Hands-on experience as an experimentalist and postdoctoral experience desirable. Description: Teaching load is 12 hours/semester, with most courses carrying 4 - 6 hours of credit. Primary teaching responsibilities will include the teaching of introductory and advanced level physics courses and accompanying laboratories, developing courses in the candidate's area of expertise, as well as participation in the College¿s General Studies offerings. Excellences in teaching and extensive experience as a hands-on experimentalist are expected. Ph.D. required and post-doctoral experience would be a plus. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to develop a research program supported by external grants and fostering faculty-mentored student collaboration. The College provides several competitive internal grant programs to provide project initiation. Opportunities for scholarly activity could include participation in the College's large-scale alternative energy projects as well as research collaborations at the William J. Hughes Technical Center of the Federal Aviation Administration located 5 miles from campus.
Salary: depending on qualifications and experience

To apply: Send a letter of application, resume, a brief statement about your teaching and learning philosophies as well as your research goals, and three letters of recommendation to: Dean Dennis Weiss, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, PO Box 195, Pomona, NJ 08240-0195 . Anticipated Start Date is September 1, 2008. Screening Begins: Late January and ends when position is filled.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Non-tenure track at SUNY Cortland

The Department of Physics at the State University of New York College at Cortland is accepting applications to fill a non-tenure-track Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics position beginning August, 2008. The commitment is for the academic year and for a full-time, 4 course/semester or 12 hours FTE load. Salary is $33,800. Typical courses might include introductory laboratories, astronomy, applied mechanics, electronics, or other courses/subject areas taught by the Department. A Ph.D. in physics or physics education by the time of initial employment is required.

Attach a letter of application, CV, and contact information for 3 professional references. Information can be obtained from the chair: Richard M. Wheeler at or (607) 753-2822.
Application materials should be submitted on-line at:

Review of application materials will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

SUNY Cortland is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. We have a strong commitment to the affirmation of diversity and have interdisciplinary degree programs in the areas of Multicultural Studies.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tenure-track at Towson in Science Ed

Towson University is now hiring for a secondary science education position
for Fall 2008. Review of applications will begin on February 25th.

The position description can be found below.

***position description***

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences seeks a tenure-track
assistant professor beginning fall 2008. Candidates are expected to have an
undergraduate degree in physics, astronomy, or earth sciences, a minimum of
three years of secondary science teaching experience, and either (1) a
doctorate in science education, (2) a doctorate in curriculum and
instruction, or (3) a doctorate in physics, astronomy, or earth sciences and
extensive experience in secondary science education. (A candidate who is
ABD will be considered if the degree is completed by February 1, 2009). This
position is contingent on final funding approval for fiscal 2009.

The successful candidate will be able to teach methods courses for secondary
science education majors, teach content courses in his or her field,
supervise secondary student teachers and MAT students, and coordinate and
expand Towson¹s existing secondary science program. The person is also
expected to be involved in education research and in professional
development activities for teachers in the metropolitan Baltimore area.

After one year at Towson, the candidate will be eligible to compete with
other junior faculty for a three-year appointment as a Jess Fisher Endowed
Chair in the Physical and Biological Sciences.

Towson University:

Founded in 1866, today Towson University is recognized by U.S. News & World
Report¹s as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and
Mid-Atlantic regions. Towson is nationally recognized for its programs in
the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, communications, health
sciences, and the fine and performing arts. The University places a strong
emphasis on service learning and civic engagement through such activities as
internships, practica, clinical placements, course assignments and student
events. As the Baltimore area¹s largest university and Maryland¹s
Metropolitan University, Towson articulates its research and scholarship
mission through partnerships that link the University to the economic,
educational and cultural life of the state of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic
region. Towson enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students
in 62 undergraduate majors, 38 master¹s programs and four doctoral programs.
Located on a rolling 328 acres, the striking campus is eight miles north of
downtown Baltimore and 45 miles from Washington, D.C. The campus and its
surrounding cities provide an excellent environment for teaching and
supporting the academic pursuits of the 700 full-time faculty who work here.

Application Procedure:

Apply by sending a cover letter, a summary of your teaching philosophy and
research goals, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references to the
address below. In your cover letter, please highlight your science
education experience at the secondary level.

Science Education Search
Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001

Review of applications will begin on February 25, 2008 and continue until
the position is filled.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and
has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities,
persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

This position description can also be found on-line at:

Postdoc at K-State

Physics Education Research
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Kansas State University

The Physics Education Research Group at Kansas State University is
seeking a research associate. The primary focus of this position is on
research and development related to transfer of learning and the use of
technology to aid learning for both students and in-service teachers.
The research associate will be expected to investigate student learning,
develop new materials, work closely with teachers who test the
materials, and present workshops at national meetings. Important
components of the program are the development of new research
techniques, investigating the transfer of learning, and the appropriate
use of digital technologies. More information is available at
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics or science
education. A Ph.D. in physics with a dissertation related to physics
teaching/learning is preferred. Candidates with Ph.D.s in other areas of
physics and with significant background in teaching and/or educational
research will be considered.

Applications should include a curriculum vita and statements describing
the candidate's relevant background, interests in physics education
research and the relation of the position to the candidate's long-term
goals. The candidate should arrange to have three letters of reference
sent directly to Dean Zollman (, Department of
Physics, 116 Cardwell Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Screening of candidates will begin on March 31, 2008, and continue until
the position is filled.

Kansas State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Post-doc at University of Illinois

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

George Washington University, One-Year Visiting Appointment


The University Honors Program at The George Washington University
seeks to fill a one-year visiting appointment (once renewable) for an
Assistant Professor with a PhD in Physics and a strong interest in
interdisciplinary science education. Applicants should provide a
curriculum vita, a statement of teaching objectives, evidence of
teaching effectiveness as demonstrated by summaries of teaching
evaluations and/or classroom observations and three letters of

This position will be a joint appointment in the Honors Program and
the Department of Physics. Responsibilities include: teaching a
maximum of six courses per year, four in Honors and two in Physics.
The Honors courses will include a two-semester freshman seminar in the
natural sciences that, through inquiry and problem-based approaches,
engages honors students in interdisciplinary learning. The successful
candidate may expect to play a leadership role in planning and
organizing this multi-section course. He or she will possess
enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring undergraduates and for active
involvement in the Honors Program community.

A doctorate in Physics or Physics Education must be completed prior to
hire. Preference will be given to candidates with a research
background in post-secondary physics education, although candidates in
other areas of physics will be considered.

Applications should be sent to:

Professor George Stephens
Deputy Director
George Washington University Honors Program
Honors/Physics Search
714 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
202-994-6816 (phone)
202-994-0842 (fax) (email)

Founding Dean, UW-Stout

The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s only Polytechnic University and one of thirteen universities in the University of Wisconsin System,
announces the creation of a new College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is seeking an experienced and accomplished leader in the STEM disciplines for the position of Founding Dean.

The new College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics builds on the strengths of existing undergraduate and graduate programs in Apparel Design and Development, Applied Science, Applied Math and Computer Science, Construction, Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications Management, Information and Communication Technologies, Information Technology Management, Manufacturing Engineering, and Packaging, some of which are among the most rapidly growing programs in the university. UW-Stout is also in the process of developing and launching two additional undergraduate engineering programs in plastics engineering and computer engineering. Located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, approximately one hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, UW-Stout emphasizes active learning, technology integration, diversity and experiential learning for all students. The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will begin operations in July, 2008, and will be housed within a new state-of-the-art science facility to be completed in 2010. UW-Stout has been a laptop campus since 2002, and the university has a large number of specialized science, math and technology laboratories.

As chief academic and administrative leader of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the Dean reports to the Provost and works in partnership with faculty, staff, and the university community to achieve the university’s mission and vision and build strong collaborations throughout this career-focused university. As a tenured member and leader of the faculty, the Dean supports, encourages and promotes excellence in teaching, applied research, scholarship and service. The Dean is also responsible for program development, faculty recruitment and retention, budgetary and personnel matters, and facilitating student success. The Dean will also oversee the Stout Technology Transfer Institute comprised of 13 related outreach centers, including the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center. As an external representative and spokesperson for the College, the Dean leads fund-raising and development efforts and maintains extensive contacts with alumni, regional businesses and industries, or the community at large. The Dean will facilitate a new vision and strategic direction leading the college in a unified plan of action.

Minimum qualifications:
∙ earned doctorate preferably in one of the disciplines represented by the College;
∙ demonstrated leadership ability and a minimum of five years of significant administrative experience preferably in one of the disciplines represented in the College.

The preferred candidate will possess:
∙ demonstrated understanding of the challenges of a rapidly changing science and technology environment;
∙ significant experience in managing a large organization;
∙ academic credentials and a strong record of teaching, research, scholarship and publications or professional experience warranting an appointment as a tenured professor;
∙ excellent communication and relationship-building skills to work effectively with faculty, staff, advisory boards and industry professionals;
∙ experience in establishing partnerships between business/industry and educational institutions;
∙ demonstrated commitment to the goals and values of UW-Stout;
∙ demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Applications should include a letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications and vision for the position; curriculum vitae/résumé; copy of transcripts; and contact information for five current professional references. Review of applications will begin March 10, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. This appointment will begin on July 1, 2008. Confidential inquiries and questions may be directed to Julie Furst-Bowe, Provost, UW-Stout, Materials should be submitted to:
Rose McLean, Assistant to the Provost
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Administration Building, Room 303
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
Email:, Fax: 715-232-1699, Phone: 715-232-2422

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and educator.
Applications from minorities and women are especially invited.

Employment is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant.

For information about University of Wisconsin-Stout, go to:
For vacancy announcements, go to: and click on “Employment at Stout”
For information about our community, visit:
For information about the Chippewa Valley region, visit:

University of Wisconsin-Stout is a 2001 Baldrige Award Recipient, supporting a progressive, learning-centered, quality-based educational environment that is focused on continuous improvement. UW-Stout is a digital campus and all faculty and staff are required to use available technology in their positions including course delivery. Increasingly, courses are offered via alternative delivery methods and time frames. UW-Stout faculty members are responsible for teaching, advising, research and scholarly activity, and service. UW-Stout values diversity of people, ideas and experiences and is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Post-docs in Sweden

Post-doctoral Positions
UmU 315-270-08

*** Deadline March 15, 2008 ***

Four two-year international post-doctoral fellowships are available from Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC). Applicants must come from outside of Sweden, and are expected to have a PhD degree and research experience in mathematics education or some closely related field.


UMERC is a collection of researchers from five departments across the university. In 2006, we were chosen by the vice chancellor to be one of 12 prioritized research areas. This means we have resources to build our program into a world-class arena for doing mathematics education research. The postdoc positions are seen as one important contribution to this goal.

Currently our research falls under the following broad areas:
• Learning difficulties
• Assessment
• Problem solving, reasoning, and proof
• ICT-support in mathematics education
• Mathematics in real life
• Mathematics teachers’ competences.

More about individual projects in each of these areas can be found here.
Candidate Profile

We are looking for candidates with a strong preparation in mathematics education as well as an interest in collaborative research. Postdocs may join existing projects or develop their own projects within the fairly broad framework of UMERC. There are possibilities to work at all grade levels, from pre-school to university level. The candidate should have a clear vision for what they want to achieve during the postdoc, but also be open to new ideas and experiences.

Candidates should have completed their PhD before they start the postdoc position. The start date is negotiable, but should ideally begin by Sept. 1, 2008.
About Umeå University and environs

Umeå University is modern and forward-looking with 29,000 students and 4,100 employees. As a town centered around the university and large regional hospital, Umeå is young and diverse. It is home to many music festivals and sports events (including world class women’s soccer) and is considered the cultural center of northern Sweden. It is easy and safe to get around without a car, and an airport, located 10 minutes by bus from the university, makes it simple to connect to the rest of the world. The international office has many useful tips for visitors. This video can give you a flavor of the town.

Stipend consists of 17,000 SEK per month salary (tax free) plus 11,000 SEK per year for medical insurance and 25,000 SEK per year for living and travel.

The application should contain the following:

* A complete CV
* Description of postdoctoral project
In addition to describing what you will do during your 2 years here, please also include some context to show how this project fits into your larger research goals. (Max 6 pages)
* Names and contact information for two references

Your complete application, marked with reference number
315-270-08, should be sent to, or by post to Registrator, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive March 15, 2008 at the latest. Documents sent electronically should be submitted as a SINGLE DOCUMENT in MS Word or PDF format.

Feel free to contact us about any questions:

Johan Lithner, Director of UMERC

Manya Sundström, Search organizer

The postdoctoral fellowships have been made possible through a generous grant from the Kempe Foundation.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Temp job, Weber State

The Department of Physics at Weber State University invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position beginning Fall 2008. We are seeking applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent in physics or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Applicants should have a strong interest in all aspects of undergraduate physics education. The department currently has eleven faculty members with diverse research interests that include astrophysics, atomic and optical physics, nuclear physics, medical physics, particle physics, solid-state physics, physics education, and planetary science. Weber State University is a public undergraduate institution with an enrollment of 18,000. The university is situated against the Wasatch Mountains, 30 minutes from world-class skiing and 40 minutes from Salt Lake City. For more information: Screening of applications will begin February 15, 2008. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants must apply online at and attach (1) a letter of application, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, and (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, including any projects involving undergraduates. Three letters of reference must also be sent directly to: Dr. Bradley Carroll, Physics Department, Weber State University, 2508 University Circle, Ogden, UT, 84408-2508. Weber State University is an AA/EO institution.