Wednesday, September 30, 2009

TT at Coastal Carolina Univ.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics ( at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2010.

We are seeking a proficient teacher/scholar who is committed to employing PER-based teaching techniques in lower-level physics classes, can effectively teach upper division physics classes, and possesses research skills that complement our program emphases in environmental physics/engineering and applied physics (e.g. atmospheric physics, applied fluid dynamics, planetary astronomy, space physics) or can contribute to supporting our growing dual engineering degree program. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Physics or closely related fields.

Coastal Carolina University is a public mid-sized, comprehensive liberal arts-oriented institution. Coastal Carolina University is located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles from the Atlantic coastal resort of Myrtle Beach, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. It has an enrollment of 8,400 students and is expected to have continued growth for the next several years. Coastal Carolina University is a part of the South Carolina system of public education and has close ties with its founders, the Horry County Higher Education Commission.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research goals and the contact information for at least three professional references, electronically at One reference must be able to address the applicant's teaching ability. Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Teresa Burns (

Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education at San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University has created a Center for Science and Mathematics Education to recruit and support new science and mathematics teachers, foster educational research, and develop a K-18+ community of educators. We invite applications from visionary individuals for the position of Director.

The Director of the Center will manage the day-to-day operations of the Center, including budget administration and staff supervision; coordinate and supervise the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Center activities; cultivate relationships among Center participants, partners and stakeholders; work to secure external funding to supplement the Center’s budget; collaborate with the faculty to accomplish the Center’s goals; and provide innovative leadership to advance the work of the Center.
Candidates should have a PhD in math, science, or math or science education, and a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience with educational programs, including experience working with K-12 education systems. In addition, candidates should have excellent organizational, supervisory, leadership, management, and interpersonal skills; effective oral and written communication skills; and good computer skills.

Other desirable qualifications include experience in teaching, writing proposals, publishing, developing curricula, assessing programs, administering budgets, and working with diverse groups of people.

The position is a full-time, non-faculty, management position. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Science & Engineering. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes excellent health and retirement benefits.

Applicants should send a cover letter, detailed resume, a letter of intent detailing your goals and aspirations for the position, and contact information for a minimum of three references to: CSME Director Search Committee, College of Science & Engineering, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.

Review of applications will begin on 2 November 2009. The position will remain open until filled; the starting date is flexible.

San Francisco State University (, a campus of the California State University system, is located in San Francisco and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. SFSU is an Equal Opportunity/American with Disabilities Act employer and has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity. More information about the Center for Science and Mathematics Education is available at

For further information, contact Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of Science & Enginneering, at or 415-338-1571.

TT at UW-Madison

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Science Education. We seek a colleague who will conduct research of nationally recognized quality and contribute to the teaching and service missions of the university.

The complete position specifications can be found at:

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 8, 2010. Applications should include: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) at least three letters of reference sent directly to the Search Committee contact person; (4) samples of scholarly writing; and (5) for recent doctoral students, a sample of the doctoral dissertation. Queries should be directed to Professor Jim Stewart ( / 608-263-4638). Applications should be sent to:

Bernice Powers
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Wisconsin-Madison
225 N. Mills St.
Madison, WI 53706

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Post Doctoral Scholar Position at Berkeley

Post Doctoral Scholar
University of California, Berkeley

Visualizing to Integrate Science Understanding for All Learners
(VISUAL) NSF Funded Project

We seek a postdoctoral scholar to join the Visualizing to Integrate Science Understanding for All Learners (VISUAL) project in science and technology education. See VISUAL project abstract below. The postdoctoral scholar will work with a multidisciplinary collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation to explore technology-enhanced science learning [See CLEAR and LOOPS abstracts below]. Participants will work with leaders in education, technology, and the science disciplines. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct a research program in a supportive, exciting environment. This project is part of the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Community and includes leaders at the University of California, Berkeley (Marcia C. Linn), Concord Consortium (Robert Tinker, Chad Dorsey, Kimberle Koille), ETS (Lydia Liu), Tufts (Hee Sun Lee), the Technion (Yael Kali), Vanderbilt (Doug Clark), and the University of Toronto (Jim Slotta).

The postdoctoral scholar will join a team dedicated to exploring how curriculum and assessment using dynamic, interactive scientific visualizations of complex phenomena can ensure that all students learn significant science content. Dynamic visualizations provide an alternative pathway for students to understand science concepts. This pathway can be exploited to increase the accessibility of a range of important science concepts, particularly ones that involve cause-and-effect and emergent phenomena. Computer technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to design curriculum and assessments using visual technologies and to conduct detailed investigations.

The scholar will conduct a research program, collaborate on the design of new technologies, author instructional materials, collaborate with local schools, and design assessments with input from leaders in the field. The scholar will have the opportunity to learn about advances on all fronts of technology and education and to contribute to all aspects of the work.


Candidates should have a background in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science and a Ph. D. in education, psychology, mathematics, natural science, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline. Candidates should have research experience relevant to the learning sciences. Experience in the design, implementation, and analysis of science curricula and assessments is an asset. Applicants should demonstrate ability to work on a team, skill in collaborating with practitioners, interest in working in partnerships to develop innovations, and ability to succeed in a school setting.

We seek a candidate who can start in early 2010. The start date is negotiable. The position is for one year with possible renewal for a second year.


Send CV, statement of purpose, one or more academic papers, and a list of people we might contact for letters of recommendation by November 1, 2009. Send to:

Darah Vickery Savitt:

Or mail materials to:

Darah Vickery Savitt
University of California at Berkeley
Graduate School of Education,
Tolman Hall
Berkeley, California 94720-1670

The University of California is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TT at Whitworth

Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. In its strong liberal arts undergraduate education and graduate programs, Whitworth combines the Christian heritage of the University, its commitment to academic rigor and its long-standing orientation toward human service. A community of Christian scholars carries out the University's mission "to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart." Whitworth is located in Spokane, Washington.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to Whitworth's mission, strong teaching skills, an emerging record of publications, and a commitment to institutional service. Teaching responsibilities for this position span the entire physics curriculum, from courses for non-science majors, to introductory physics courses for majors, to upper-division courses in various areas of physics.

The typical teaching load is two courses and two associated laboratories per semester, and a January term course. This position comes with a generous starting package to start a student-faculty research program. Candidates should demonstrate the initiative necessary to leverage this to receive external funding. Participation in departmental activities, academic advising, faculty assemblies, development days, retreats, committees and other forms of faculty governance is expected.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
Ph.D. or ABD by July 2010 in Physics or a related discipline, such as Astronomy, Applied Physics or a relevant branch of engineering; Demonstrated potential for effective college-level teaching; A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning; The ability and desire to establish a positive relationship with persons regardless of race, gender, physical limitation or religious belief; A commitment to equal opportunity for all persons; A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth as a Christian liberal-arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Background check required.

Application review will begin on October 1, 2009. The position remains open and applications will be reviewed until filled. Please visit our website at for a link to the position announcement and information on Whitworth's faculty application process. With our commitment to building a diverse community, we encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, and members of under-represented ethnic groups.

Whitworth University does not discriminate in its educational programs on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin or physical disability.

JoAnn Fox, Assistant Director, Human Resource Services
Whitworth University

Thursday, September 17, 2009

TT at Wilkes Honor College (Florida Atlantic Univ.)

The Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics position to begin in Fall 2010.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses and some labs in physics, maintain an active research program, direct honors theses, and may participate in interdisciplinary teaching and possibly collaborate with members of the Scripps Research Institute or the Max Planck Institute’s new Florida branch, both located on our campus.

The Honors College is a highly selective liberal arts college within a state university (see We offer a four-year honors curriculum centered on the traditional disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences, with an emphasis on critical thinking and cross-disciplinary programs.

A Ph.D. in physics is required. Applicants must complete the online Application Form and submit online a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a teaching statement that includes a description of potential research projects for undergraduate students, at (Position #991830). Mail three letters of recommendation and copies of transcripts to Chair, Physics Search, Wilkes Honors College, 5353 Parkside Dr., Jupiter, FL 33458. Applications must be received by December 21, 2009 to ensure their consideration.

Florida Atlantic University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. A background check will be required for the successful candidate.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

TT at Missouri State Univ.

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in astronomy. A Ph.D. in astronomy or a closely-related field is required. We seek an astronomer with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and research projects.

Duties will include teaching undergraduate astronomy courses; beginning or maintaining a research program which can involve undergraduate students and make use of our local observatory with 0.4- and 0.36-m telescopes including CCD systems; and appropriate service.

Apply online at with curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching and research statements, and names of three references. For more information about the Department, visit or

E-mail inquiries can be made to

Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Missouri. Review of applications will begin October 15, and continue until December 15, or until the position is filled. Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense. Missouri State University is an EO/AA Employer.

TT at Franklin & Marshall College

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications from experimental physicists for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2010. Experience teaching physics, Ph.D. in hand or near completion, and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and involving students in research are required. Preference will be given to candidates with research areas in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical physics.

Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, a tentative research budget, teaching evaluation forms (if available), and copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts to Dr. Linda S. Fritz, Franklin & Marshall College, PO Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604 ( Arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Fritz. For full consideration applications should be complete by December 15, 2009.

Franklin & Marshall College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to cultural pluralism. EOE

Two TT at Univ. of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Position: Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
 (2 positions, start date August 2010)

Position Description: 
Candidates must have a primary interest and skill in teaching all levels of undergraduate physics and introductory astronomy. The successful candidate will involve students in substantial undergraduate research activities, with preference given to either condensed matter physics or atomic, molecular and optical physics. Ph.D. in physics or closely related area is required. Teaching experience is desirable. The successful candidate will also be expected to serve the Department and the University through student advising, participation in shared governance, and outreach. The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point is building a diverse community and encourages applications from members of under-represented groups.

Department/University Description: 
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point enrolls over 8000 students, predominantly in undergraduate programs within colleges of letters and science, natural resources, professional studies, and fine arts/communication. The well-landscaped campus, located 100 miles north of Madison, is embraced by a 200 acre nature preserve. The Department of Physics and Astronomy provides service courses for many different academic programs across campus. In addition, about 50 physics majors are engaged in coursework and directed research with 9 full-time faculty members. Approximately half of our physics majors continue graduate study in physics, astronomy, or engineering while one-third of our majors accept industrial positions directly upon graduation. Most of the remaining students pursue careers in secondary education.

Application Procedure: 
Provide letter of application, curriculum vitae, photocopies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to the time of hire), a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research plans including startup costs. Also, arrange for three current letters of reference to be sent to:
Dr. Katherine Jore, Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

 Open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2009.

Monday, September 14, 2009

TT at Harvey Mudd College

The Department of Physics of Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges, has an opening for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level, beginning September 2010. In exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be considered.

The department ( has twelve full-time members; we graduate approximately twenty physics majors each year. We seek an experimental physicist with broad intellectual interests who can excel at teaching outstanding undergraduates. The successful candidate must be able to involve undergraduates in an active research program. Current areas of research in the department include atomic physics, theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy, biophysics, energy and the environment, geophysics, quantum and nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, and experimental and theoretical particle physics, including string theory. We are interested in a candidate who can either complement one of our existing areas of research or establish a new research area.

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 10, 2009, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. On-campus interviews will include both teaching an upper-division physics class and presenting a research colloquium. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and interests, a statement of research interests that describes how undergraduates could be involved in this research, and the names and addresses (including email) of three references to Professor John S. Townsend, Chair, Department of Physics, Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711.

Harvey Mudd College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the recruitment of candidates historically underrepresented on college faculties. Experience with or demonstrated ability to effectively teach students from diverse backgrounds will be considered among the criteria for appointment.

Tenured at Old Dominion Univ.

The Department of Physics at Old Dominion University invites applications for a faculty position in physics, with a research concentration in geophysics, at the rank of associate professor. The successful candidate would also be appointed as the Director of the Pretlow Planetarium, which includes responsibility for teaching the introductory astronomy courses and delivering Planetarium-based presentations to University, civic and school groups throughout the year. We expect to hire at the level of associate professor, although more senior appointments may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field. The successful candidate will have a strong record of funded research in geophysics as well as in earth and planetary sciences. The candidate must also have demonstrated ability to teach large enrollment classes, including courses for non-majors, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Additional experience with pedagogical research is preferred. Information about the department may be found at:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a description of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for three references, to Pretlow Planetarium Search Committee, Physics Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 23529. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

Old Dominion University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution and requires compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

[Ed. note: given that they are searching for someone at the associate level, we are labeling this position as "tenured", but please contact the department for more info.]

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Instructor at East Stroudsburg Univ.

East Stroudsburg University invites applications for a full-time, temporary position to teach courses in algebra and calculus-based introductory physics and also to direct introductory physics laboratories in the spring beginning January 2010 (12 hours teaching load per semester). The Department of Physics at East Stroudsburg University offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physics and also serves as the host department for several 3:2 pre-engineering programs. As part of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), we offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

Required Qualifications:
A strong scientific background is required. A master's degree in physics or closely related area is required. Candidate should demonstrate the potential for high quality teaching and assessment. Final selection will be based on excellence in scholastic achievement and a review of the candidate's curriculum vitae, and may include an interview involving a teaching demonstration.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics or other appropriate terminal degree. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidate should demonstrate the potential for high quality teaching and assessment. Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated ability to work with colleagues as an enthusiastic and supportive partner in department initiatives as well as with student populations reflective of the diversity and background of ESU students.

The University encourages applications from members of historically under-represented groups, including women, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and is an AA/EEO employer. East Stroudsburg University is interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with diverse populations. To learn more about diversity at ESU and in our community, visit our website at

Link to online app. form:

TT at Westminster College

Westminster College seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Physics; position begins August 2010.

Candidates must have a strong interest in all levels of undergraduate physics, can direct the physics program and establish an independent research program involving Westminster’s undergraduate students. An earned doctorate in physics or allied field is required. Successful candidate will also be expected to teach in the Westminster Seminar Program. The Physics department is housed in a new, state-of-the-art Coulter Science Center. For details log onto:

Submit cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, research plan, CV, transcripts of graduate work, and list of at least three references to: Dr. Christopher Saunders, Chair, Physics Search Committee, Westminster College, 501 Westminster Ave., Fulton, MO 65251-1299. Review of applications will begin October 21, and continues until the position is filled or the search is closed. EOE.

TT at Monmouth College

Full-time, tenure-track position in the Physics Department beginning in August 2010. Rank open. Experimentalist/strong interdisciplinary preferred, sub-discipline open. Ph.D. by time of arrival required.

The successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate teaching excellence, scholarly activity, and Monmouth’s liberal arts mission, including participation in Monmouth’s Integrated Studies program. Normal teaching load is 21-24 semester hours per year.

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, including a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a plan for scholarly activity, the names and contact information of three references, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to: Christopher Fasano, Chair, Physics Search Committee, Monmouth College, 700 East Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462 by e-mail to

Monmouth College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

TT at Loyola Univ. New Orleans

The Physics Department at Loyola University New Orleans has an opening for one, possibly two, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning Fall 2010. A Ph.D. degree in physics or a related field is required. We are searching for a physicist who can build a strong research program involving undergraduate students. The candidate must have excellent teaching and communication skills.

Please send electronic copies of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and a statement of your research interests, along with the names and addresses of three references familiar with your work to: Faculty Search Committee at The application deadline is November 15th. Please check the departmental web page: for more information.

Loyola University New Orleans is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Visiting and Postdoc at USAFA

Center for Physics Education Research
Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO

The United States Air Force Academy Center for Physics Education
Research (CPER) is looking for two education scholars to fill a
Distinguished Visiting Professor and a Post-Doctoral position.

The Center for Physics Education Research (CPER) was founded in 1994 to
build a USAFA center of gravity providing impetus, opportunities, and
tools for physics faculty nationwide as well as engage in and apply
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning-like (SoTL) research activities
within the Department of Physics. The CPER is a nationally recognized
program that maintains extensive ties and collaborations with similar
research programs nationwide.

The primary goals of the CPER are to:
1. Engage in research initiatives that quantify gains in student
understanding and appreciation of physics
2. Develop and share tools for enhancing teaching and student
learning in physics
3. Maintain a connection between course and curriculum development
(content, assessment methods, pedagogical approach) and physics
education research. CPER is actively and intimately involved with
several national level efforts to engage in collaborative education
research and bring the research results into the classrooms, both
nationally and USAFA, as soon as warranted by the assessment results.

The positions advertised will support the development of pedagogical
techniques and supporting tools for the Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT)
initiative, the signature CPER effort. This effort includes the
extension of JiTT to develop student self explanations under a Worked
Example model of instruction. Additional support efforts include
development of robust assessment techniques and tutorials (to include
computer simulations) for both beginning and intermediate physics

The two positions, with starting dates either January 2010 or July 2010
are described below.
1. Distinguished Visiting Professor
This position requires that the candidate:
is currently an active full-time members at a higher education
institute (college, university)
has an established a record of excellence in
holds the rank of professor at the current facility
can be temporarily absent from home institute
will return to home institute duties ore equivalent duties upon
completion of USAFA assignment

The salary will be paid by the home institute (USAFA reimburses the
home institute)

The objectives for a USAFA DVP position are:
to enrich/expose USAFA faculty to the member’s institute of
higher education
to provide channels of communications to other institutes
to increase/enhance awareness of USAFA toward other institutes

The United States Air Force may pay for moving expenses to and from
USAFA depending on the assignment contract. The candidate may qualify
for on-base house depending on availability (at a rental price).

Depending on the manning situation in the department the DVP visitor
may be assigned to teach one or two sections of a physics course. This
position is renewable for an additional year.

2. Post-doctoral position requires the candidate to

This position requires that the candidate:
have a Ph.D. in physics, physics education or education
have an established a record of scholarship in physics

No teaching duties are associated with the post doctoral position.
This position has the possibility of being renewable for a second year.

If interested, please send a resume to:
Robert Lee, Maj, USAF
Director of Center for Physics Education Research
Associate Professor of Physics
United States Air Force Academy

Mailing address:
USAF Academy
Dept. of Physics
2354 Fairchild Dr. STE 2A31
USAF Academy CO 80840-6299

For electronic submission:

Phone: (719) 333-3411

Lab Tech at University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh
has an open staff position for a Developer/Demonstrator in the teaching
labs. The successful applicant will be required to construct, install,
maintain and develop physics experiments for courses in optics
electronics, and modern physics. Most of the experiments are single
setups involving a mixture of commerical and locally developed
apparatus. Working with faculty to develop experiments and working with
students to understand them is important. The job requires a BS degree
in Physics or a related discipline. Details can be found at the web
site. Applications must be submitted through the web site:

Monday, September 7, 2009

TT at Reed College

Reed College invites application for a tenure-track position in physics, at the assistant professor level, to begin August, 2010, subject to final administrative approval.

Appointment is open to strong candidates of any research focus. Our main selection criterion will be the promise of outstanding teaching. The appointment entails classroom and laboratory instruction of bright and highly motivated undergraduates as well as close supervision of senior thesis students. Applicants should be in a position to teach any of the required courses in the Reed physics major curriculum. An active research program accessible to advanced undergraduates is essential. PhD required, postdoctoral and teaching experience desirable.

Reed is a liberal arts college with 1200 students and a long tradition of academic excellence. Every senior writes a year-long thesis based on intensive research under the supervision of a professor. The Department of Physics consists of six regular faculty members in a broad range of fields. We typically graduate 15-20 physics majors per year. For further information about the Reed Department of Physics, see our web page (

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans (including proposed senior thesis projects), a statement of teaching experience and plans, and three letters of recommendations to Chair, Physics Search Committee c/o Jo Cannon, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR 97202. No electronic applications are accepted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by November 15, 2009 to guarantee full consideration. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

[Ed. note: Reed is home to Prof. David Griffiths, author of the ubiquitous (and useful!) undergraduate texts.]

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Two TT at Denison

The Denison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for 2 tenure track assistant professor positions preferably starting Fall, 2010, although a later start may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Ph.D. required. We are seeking candidates vitally interested in teaching physics at both the beginning and advanced levels including laboratory-based courses. The successful applicant is expected to carry out active research with the involvement of undergraduates. Substantial start-up funds for research will be available, and Denison supports generous professional and family leave programs.

Denison University is a highly-selective liberal arts college of 2100 students, located in Granville, Ohio, 30 minutes from Columbus. The department consists of seven faculty, a technical assistant, and an academic administrative assistant. Facilities include excellent equipment for both teaching and research, first class on-site experimental labs, a link to the Ohio Supercomputer, an observatory, a planetarium, and a well-equipped machine shop. Additional information may be obtained from our web site at

Applicants should submit vita, graduate school transcripts, a description of teaching interests and experience, a proposed research plan including the means for involving undergraduates, and three (3) letters of reference online at Applications received by October 15, 2009 will receive full consideration; applications may be accepted until the position is filled. Denison's commitment to foster a diverse community is central to our liberal arts mission, therefore candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

[Ed. Note: Kathy Harper is a PER person at Denison]

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

TT at Columbia College Chicago

The Department of Science and Mathematics in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Columbia College Chicago seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Physics.

The department offers a broad science and mathematics curriculum and fosters the integration of science and mathematics with other disciplines. Candidates must provide evidence of experience and/or interest in teaching physics to student non-majors. Candidates must also have experience with an undergraduate physics laboratory setting and the use of classroom demonstrations. In addition to a strong record of teaching, candidates should demonstrate evidence of scholarly activity and professional development. Faculty members are also expected to participate in school and college service. A Ph.D. in Physics is required. The start date for the position is August 16, 2010.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution of over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, emphasizing arts, media, and communications in a liberal arts setting. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Columbia College Chicago encourages qualified female, deaf, GLBT, disabled, international and minority classified individuals to apply for all positions.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 10, 2009. No phone calls, please. Complete applications will include a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references. Position is contingent on funding. Materials may be submitted electronically (as Word or PDF documents) to:

TT at Lafayette College

The Physics Department of Lafayette College, a highly selective undergraduate institution with programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering, has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor. The appointment is expected to start July 1, 2010.

Lafayette College is conveniently situated in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, 70 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia. We are seeking candidates having broad intellectual interests, an obvious enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, a commitment to creative teaching in a variety of settings, and the ability to conduct scholarly research in an undergraduate college environment. Proficiency in a research area of physics that undergraduates find exciting, and in which they can effectively participate, is highly desirable. The Search Committee is particularly interested in individuals who can communicate effectively with groups of undergraduates having a variety of interests and backgrounds, including engineering. A Ph.D. in physics (or a very closely related field) by August 2010 is required. Ability to teach solar system astronomy to non-science majors would be advantageous, as would eagerness to teach physics-related first-year and interdisciplinary seminars.

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by November 1, 2009. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Submit letter of application (email applications will not be accepted), c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, research plan and startup needs, and three letters of reference to Search Committee, Dept of Physics, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042-1782. Lafayette College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Two TT at James Madison Univ.

Position #1: The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in experimental nuclear/particle physics or a closely related field beginning August 2010.

Position #2: The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in soft condensed matter and/or non-linear dynamics at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2010.

The department has 20 full-time faculty members and ~100 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. Departmental research interests include materials science, nuclear/particle physics, non-linear systems and astronomy. Additional information about JMU is available online at and about the department at

Applications are only accepted through web submission. For details on applying for this position, visit Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2009. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

JMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

[Ed. note: The above ad was heavily edited for length. Please see the websites listed above for more information.]