Thursday, October 29, 2009

TT at Xavier Univ. of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana, a Catholic, Historically Black University, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the Department of Physics with a start date of August 2010. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in either physics or engineering and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and undergraduate research. The standard teaching load for each faculty member is 12 credits per semester. The department is especially interested in candidates with a background in engineering.

Applicants should attach the following documents in an email: cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, research plan, and curriculum vitae. The email should be sent to with the subject line "Faculty Search". The preferred file format is PDF for the attachments, though files in Word format are acceptable as well. Research plans should include a description of how you will include undergraduates in your research. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the above email address.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by December 1, 2009. Xavier is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Postdoc with Center for Astronomy Education at U of Arizona

The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) & the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomy Education Research

Applications are invited for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship position in space-science education with the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) at the University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory. The position will begin Summer 2010. The successful candidate will divide their time between working on several research projects underway through the NSF-funded Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS) program. The members of CAE and the CATS program provide a national collaborative of faculty, post-docs, grad students and undergrads working together to find solutions to fundamental questions regarding teaching and learning of space science. The successful candidate to this search would have the opportunity to collaborate with several members of this highly interactive research community.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a space-science related field (i.e. astronomy or physics). It is preferred that the candidate have prior teaching experience with college non-science majors, particularly in introductory astronomy/physics courses.

The candidate will be involved in developing a strong program of education research into how college non-science majors change in their understanding of astronomy content and in their attitudes and beliefs about science. Experience with curriculum development, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and statistical analysis is highly desirable. Candidates should be self-motivated, able to work independently, and have an aptitude for learning new software and education technologies. A working knowledge of research data analysis software (like SPSS) is a benefit.

This position will be funded at a competitive salary level for postdoctoral fellows at the University of Arizona. Applicants must apply at the University of Arizona Human Resources Job Search webpage and apply for Job Number 44035

Please email Gina Brissenden at if you have questions.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

VAP at James Madison Univ.

The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a full-time non-tenured faculty position beginning August 2010 at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek outstanding candidates with an earned Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. The term of appointment is for two years.

The department has 21 full-time faculty members and ~110 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. A demonstrated record of quality instruction of physical sciences at the undergraduate level is required. The successful candidate is expected to be an effective teacher at all levels of our physics curriculum, including courses for non-science majors. Duties may include conducting general physics or electronics laboratories. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue research that can be performed with upper-level physics majors.

Applications are only accepted through web submission. For details on applying for this position, visit Review of applications will begin on January 4th, 2010. 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.

TT at Rollins College

The Department of Physics invites applications from an experimental physicist for a tenure-track position beginning August 2010.

The Department of Physics has a strong commitment to research involving undergraduate students and the successful candidate is expected to include undergraduate students in their research. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching of both introductory and advanced undergraduate physics courses, as well as courses for non-science majors. A Ph.D. is required, some prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred, and evidence of an active research program capable of involving undergraduate students at an early stage in their academic career is mandatory. A commitment to the liberal arts and excellent communication skills are essential.

Applicants must apply online at and should upload a current resume, cover letter describing their interest in the position, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a summary of research plans involving undergraduate students. Materials can be addressed to the attention of Thomas R. Moore, Chair, Department of Physics. Through its mission, Rollins College is committed to creating a fully inclusive, just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons of color and other historically under-represented groups are therefore encouraged to apply. The College’s equal opportunity policy is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and Rollins offers domestic partner benefits.

Friday, October 16, 2009

TT at Randolph College

Tenure-track position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, beginning July 1, 2010.

A Ph.D. in Physics or closely-related discipline is required. Teaching experience in basic engineering courses and/or astronomy is desired. We seek a natural scientist whose first priority is high-quality teaching, including research with students, in a competitive liberal arts college. The successful candidate will demonstrate ability and interest in teaching and scholarship, enthusiasm for community involvement, and will help to develop and strengthen the physics programs.

Responsibilities include teaching introductory and upper-level physics, possibly teaching basic engineering courses or astronomy, developing and modernizing laboratories at all levels, and scholarship that encourages undergraduate research. Modest start-up funds are available, and pursuit of external funding for research is encouraged. Review of applications will begin December 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Send curriculum vitae, cover letter, transcripts, and statement of teaching philosophy to Dr. Peter Sheldon, Physics Department, Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA, 24503 or to EOE

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Multiple positions at Georgia Gwinnett College

In anticipation of increases in enrollment for the 2010-2011 academic year, GGC invites applicants for faculty positions in Physics starting August 1, 2010. The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching of a variety of undergraduate physics and physical science courses in support of existing majors in Biology and Information Technology. The successful candidate will also participate in the development of new major programs as we grow. A strong commitment to undergraduate education, student engagement and participation in undergraduate research, as well as service to the school and community are expected. Teaching experience is highly desirable.

Minimum Qualifications: GGC seeks applications for assistant, associate and full professor faculty positions to begin August 1, 2010. Applicants should hold the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their discipline before or within the semester of the start date. GGC is an institution that values and encourages innovative teaching. In addition to teaching, applicants are expected to actively participate in scholarly activities, extensive student engagement and to contribute in the area of service to the college and community. Advising and mentoring are expected of all faculty. In accordance with Board of Regents Policy governing GGC faculty, successful applicants will be eligible to receive 5 or 3 year renewable appointments. Traditional one year appointments may also be approved. For more information about our college, please visit our website at

Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.

Instructor at Misericordia Univ.

Misericordia University invites qualified candidates to apply for a new (10 month) non tenure-track teaching faculty position in Physics to begin August 2010. The three person department primarily teaches introductory physics courses to students in a variety of majors. Misericordia University is part of a local consortium of colleges and universities that will be offering upper level physics courses to students in the Wilkes-Barre area.

A Doctorate in Physics, Physics Education, or a related field is required. Candidates at ABD status with evidence of expected completion by 8/15/10 will be considered.

To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Misericordia University, Office of Human Resources, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA, 18612; or email to: Inquiries only should be directed to Dr. Michael Orleski, email: Review of applications will begin January 15, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be available at the February AAPT/APS meeting in Washington, D.C.

Our 85 year old institution is located adjacent to the Pocono Mountains region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, approximately two hours from New York City and Philadelphia. The University's approach of combining a quality liberal arts education with professional preparation and service leadership has resulted in its wide regional acclaim.

TT at Univ. of Wisconsin - Platteville

Responsibilities: Teach and contribute to the development of courses and laboratories in algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics, and physical science. Also, teaching some upper-level engineering physics courses, depending on qualifications and departmental need. Professional development.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy (by June 30, 2010), with a specialization that is pertinent to the scope of undergraduate physics education at UW-Platteville. Preference will be given to those with degrees or experience in Physics Education Research or Astronomy. Candidates must have one year of teaching experience. Two semesters as a half-time teaching assistantship in graduate school meet this requirement. Qualifications also include good communication skills with both students and colleagues; laboratory skills consistent with contributing to the development of undergraduate physics laboratories; interest in and commitment to undergraduate education; a commitment to fostering and increasing UW-Platteville racial and gender diversity.

Applications: Send a letter of application, CV, teaching philosophy, description of research plans, statement of commitment to fostering campus racial diversity, and contact information for three references to the address below. Only complete applications will be considered.

Physics Search Committee - Philip Young, Chair
Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Application Date: Review of completed applications will begin November 30, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. UW-Platteville, an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, seeks to build a diverse faculty and staff and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Monday, October 12, 2009

TT at Rhodes College

The Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor beginning fall 2010. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, and candidates with either theoretical or experimental research interests are welcome to apply. The successful applicant must demonstrate an enthusiasm for teaching, the ability to teach at all levels of a rigorous undergraduate physics curriculum, and the potential to carry out a productive research program involving undergraduate students. Individuals who can support our curriculum in the area of astronomy/astrophysics and who have interests that go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries are encouraged to apply. The Department of Physics has significant resources for faculty and student research; see for information about the department.

All application materials are to be submitted electronically. Applicants should combine their CV, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), a statement of teaching philosophy, and a description of research plans (stating explicitly how undergraduate students will be involved) into one pdf document less than 7 MB in size and email it to Candidates should arrange to have three letters of recommendation (at least one should speak to the candidate’s teaching abilities) sent to For information about the position, please contact Dr. Ann Viano, chair of the Search Committee, at Review of completed applications will begin on January 4, 2010.

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision. Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and is the nation's 18th largest metropolitan area. The city provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce.

Lecturer at Western Carolina Univ.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Western Carolina University invites applications for a fixed-term Lecturer in Physics effective August 2010. Responsibilities include teaching introductory physics and laboratory courses.

Western Carolina University is a member institution of the University of North Carolina system and is located in a scenic valley near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains. Residents experience a high quality of life surrounded by natural beauty and an agreeable climate. WCU is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, the stewardship of place, integrated learning, science education and engagement.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Candidates must have at least master's degree from an accredited institution in physics, but a Ph.D in physics is preferred. Candidates must have degree prior to hire date. Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates should have teaching experience at the college level.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply on-line at Applications received by January 15, 2010 will receive full considerations but the search will continue until the position is filled. The online application must include current curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a list of three references with complete contact information, a copy of transcripts for highest degree earned, and a statement of teaching philosophy. In addition, three letters of reference should be mailed to Dr. Mesfin Woldeyohannes, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Woldeyohannes at or at 828-227-3678.

Friday, October 9, 2009

TT at Wilkes Univ.

Wilkes University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Biology and Division of Engineering and Physics.

We seek a candidate with expertise in biophysics, biomechanics, or bioengineering, with the ability to teach and conduct research at the interface of biology and physics in an undergraduate setting. The appointment requires a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and postdoctoral experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will develop a strong research program involving undergraduates and will participate in a project to revise the curricula in physics and biology. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory physics and upper-level undergraduate courses in an area of expertise. A competitive startup package, supported with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is available.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, along with their CV, statements of teaching and research goals, and recent reprints (PDF) to: Wilkes University, Biophysics Assistant Professor Search, Reference # BIO004, P O Box 3924, Scranton, PA 18505-0924. Indicate the reference # on the envelope. To apply by email, send application materials and indicate the reference # in the email subject line. Kindly arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same address. Please include the reference # or the application will not be processed. Wilkes University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit all materials by November 23. For further information about this position, please contact the Chair of the search committee, Dr. William Terzaghi. Email address:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

2 TT and 2 T at Murdoch University

The School of Education at Murdoch University, Western Australia, recently advertised four academic positions

The School is seeking to appoint four staff, with two positions likely to be at Associate Professor/Professor level and two positions at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level starting in 2010, within or across the following areas:
· Contexts of Schooling with a Sociology and/or Policy and/or Philosophy of Education orientation
· Adult Learning with an Educational Psychology orientation
· Educational Leadership
· Curriculum Leadership and/or Professional Learning
· Quantitative Research Methods
· Health and Physical Education
· Early Childhood Education

All candidates must posses a doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline and demonstrate capacity to contribute to the research culture within the school.

For further information for Levels B and C contact
Dr Judy MacCallum Phone (61+8) 9360 7847

For Level D and E contact
Prof. Andrew Taggart Phone (61+8) 9360 7496

Application procedures and a position description with detailed selection criteria are available from the University’s web site at

TT at University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago invites applicants for a joint faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in Natural Sciences and the Learning Sciences beginning August 16, 2010.

The position is offered as part of a university-wide interdisciplinary initiative in the Learning Sciences (, which currently has four split-appointment faculty members in addition to over a dozen active associated faculty. A Ph.D. program for Learning Sciences has recently been approved and has enrolled its first students. The natural science departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Physics) situated in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have strong programs in teaching and in all areas of basic research, including vibrant Ph.D. programs.

We seek applicants with a record of research and publication focusing at the nexus of an area of Natural Science and the Learning Sciences. Candidates may hold a doctorate in a natural science or a closely related field, or may hold a masters degree in a natural science in addition to a doctorate in the Learning Sciences or a closely related field. They should have a demonstrated record of research focusing on the support of science learners at one or more levels. Position responsibilities include carrying out a program of research and scholarship at the national level, teaching in the natural science department where the person will be appointed and teaching graduate courses in the Learning Sciences Program.

Applicants for the position must submit a vita and statement of research and teaching interests. These should be submitted electronically to Three letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the LS/NS Search Committee in care of Deana Donzal ( Please contact Deana for surface mail address if you are unable to submit electronically. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is successfully filled.

UIC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer seeking applicants who are from diverse backgrounds and/or have disability status. Final authorization of the position depends upon availability of state funding.

Instructor or TT at New Mexico State - Carlsbad

Title: Instructor or Assistant Professor of Biology and Physics
Effective Date: January 7, 2010 or August 16, 2010

Qualifications: Requires a minimum of an earned Master's degree in Biology, Physics or closely related field. Doctorate degree preferred. College teaching experience at the freshman and sophomore levels is also preferred. A successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to students. Candidates selected for interview should be prepared to demonstrate their teaching skills during the interview process.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will instruct courses in general biology, microbiology and/or general physics. Teaching assignments are on a 9-month contract, for a 1.0 FTE load of 15 credit hours per semester, in addition to duties associated with advising students, professional development, curricular enhancement, institutional governance and community service. The successful candidate must be prepared to teach evenings and weekends as needed. Research is encouraged but not required.

Review of applications will begin on October 23, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications must include a letter of interest; resume, unofficial college transcripts for degrees earned, and a list of three professional references (which include their title, address, daytime phone number and email address). Official college transcripts will be required before a letter of offer is extended.

Send application to Melinda Wilson, HR Specialist, NMSU - Carlsbad, 1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Direct inquiries to (575) 234-9212 or

[Ed. note: Full ad can be found at]

TT at Milwaukee School of Engineering

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) invites applicants for a full-time faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting fall 2010. Candidates must be committed to teaching all aspects of undergraduate physics. The successful applicant is also expected to be instrumental in developing new courses and collaborate on curriculum development with faculty from the newly started Biomolecular Engineering Program. A PhD in experimental (molecular) biophysics, physics or a related field and effective communication skills are required. Postdoctoral experience and additional interest in a related area are desirable. Initial appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level, but applications from senior candidates may be considered for higher rank.

MSOE is a private, application-orientated university with programs in engineering, engineering technology, technical communication, business, construction management and nursing. Primarily a 4-year undergraduate institution, we emphasize excellence in teaching. Applied research involving undergraduate students, and consulting, are encouraged.

Complete applications, including a letter of interest, CV, a brief statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation, should be submitted to Dr. M. Kaltchev (, Chair, Department of Physics and Chemistry, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1025 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202. The selection process will begin December 1st, 2009 and continue until the positions is filled.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TT or T at Ohio State University

The Ohio State University announces the opening of an Assistant or Associate Professor position in Science Education.

The faculty of the school of Teaching and Learning seek a colleague to join us in building research capacity in science education. Collectively, we seek better understanding and improvement of science learning and teaching at all levels of formal and informal education. Preference is given to candidates whose research programs investigate: discipline-focused learning processes; problem solving; cognition and the science of learning; assessment methodologies; learning progressions; technology integration; or best practices in science instruction. Interdisciplinary appointments are possible.

We seek a science education faculty member who will collaborate with colleagues to expand world class research and scholarship agendas; bring extramural support for research and scholarly activities; provide further leadership in expanding cross-program, cross-college, cross-campus and cross-institution research initiatives, including collaboration with Pre-K-12 schools; attract and nurture outstanding students from around the world; and support efforts to promote science literacy through public engagement.

Requirements include an earned doctorate in a relevant area with a strong background in a science discipline, evidence of high productivity or potential for high productivity in scholarship and grantsmanship, and successful university teaching. Pre-K-12 teaching experience is preferred.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Queries should be directed to Prof. Ross Nehm ( / 614-688-5373).

Friday, October 2, 2009

TT at Drew Univ.

Drew University, a highly selective liberal arts college located 30 miles outside New York City, seeks applications for a tenure-track position, pending budget approval, beginning September 2010. The candidate should have strong interest in all levels of undergraduate physics teaching in a liberal arts setting, including physics for non-scientists. The four-member department seeks candidates who can establish an independent experimental research program in a small college environment, involving undergraduate research students. See for additional departmental and college information.

By January 15, 2010, please submit a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, research plan (with budget) including how students can be involved, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by standard mail to: Search Committee, Physics Department, Drew University, Madison, NJ 07940. At least one letter must be able to supply an informed evaluation of the applicant's teaching experience. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. In order to enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an AA/EO employer.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Two postdocs at Texas Tech

Texas Tech has an immediate need for two post doctoral researchers. They have been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Challenge Grant for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The project is to rigorously assess the following:

1) The introduction of research-based laboratories and teaching pedagogies into the curriculum.
2) Teaching assistant training in the new pedagogies and the development and use of grading rubrics.
3) The integration of the lecture and lab, using the new research-based laboratories and pedagogies.
4) A completely laboratory-based, interactive engagement course taught to students in small sections.

The focus is the introductory algebra-based course, aimed at health science majors, but we will also be assessing our large calculus-based courses.

Immediately means immediately. They would take you tomorrow, if you could come tomorrow. (If you can come in January, don’t be put off by the word “immediately”.)

Beth Thacker has been active in PER for years at Texas Tech. A longer advertisement will appear soon, but for now email her at if you're interested.

Director of the CSME at Univ. of Utah

The Colleges of Science and Education seek candidates for Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics and Education (CSME). Candidates should be established scientists or science educators with strong interests and backgrounds in the development and implementation of effective math and science education at the K-12 and undergraduate levels. The Director will have an academic appointment in a department in the College of Science, with a full-time assignment to the Center. The Director's main responsibility is to initiate and sustain Center programs that advance the practice of science education in Utah and enhance the recruitment, retention and training of outstanding and diverse science students and future science teachers.

For more information on the Center, a full description of the position, and guidance on how to apply or nominate a potential applicant, please visit The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.