Sunday, June 27, 2010

VAP at Armstrong Atlantic State Univ.

Armstrong Atlantic State University invites applications for a one year temporary position at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. The appointment will begin in August 2010, pending budgetary approval. Teaching responsibilities may include lecture and laboratory components in all areas of physics, astronomy and physical science to be determined in consultation with department head.

The Department consists of 12 full time chemistry faculty, 4 full time physics faculty, 9 part-time faculty and 3 staff. More specific information about the department can be found at

A Ph.D. in physics or closely related field is required as well as a strong commitment to quality teaching and effective communication skills. Candidates who have completed all degree requirements except final dissertation defense (ABD) will be considered. The minimum qualifications for candidates also include effective communication as demonstrated by a seminar during the on-campus interview. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

For consideration, apply online at: Complete applications shall consist of a letter of interest (limit 2 pages), curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy (limit 2 pages), and contact information for a minimum of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin June 18, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. All positions are contingent upon final budgetary approval. AA/EOE.

VAP (2) at Arkansas State Univ.

Arkansas State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. In support of this commitment, the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Arkansas State University seeks two outstanding candidates for Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics positions beginning August 16, 2010. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. A Master’s degree in Physics or a related field is required, while a Ph.D. is preferred. The persons in these positions will teach 1-3 lower-division physics courses, with the possibility of teaching upper-division courses based upon experience and area of specialization. The successful candidates will be expected take part in the ongoing assessment of our curriculum. The positions will be for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of a second year or a transition to a tenure-track line. For additional information about the Department, see

Applicants are requested to electronically submit curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. John M. Pratte, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Arkansas State University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including minorities and persons with disabilities.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Postdoc at Texas Tech

Texas Tech is probably looking for another postdoc, to start September (August) 2010 through September 2011. We can't make promises after that, because the grant ends. We would like someone who could also teach either in a small inquiry-based environment or in a large lecture hall environment with interactive-engagement, as we would like them to teach one course, in addition to research.

For more information, email Beth Thacker: beth.thacker at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Assistant Professor of Physics, Rhode Island College

Full-time, 1-year limited-term position to teach physics and physical science courses, beginning Fall 2010. Physics BA program with a strong commitment to teaching and undergraduate research. Required: Ph.D. in physics or related field.

Established in 1854, Rhode Island College is a comprehensive mid-size institution of approximately 9000 students. The 170-acre campus is located in beautiful, historic Providence, Rhode Island's capital, with excellent proximity to the academic and cultural resources of Boston and New York City.

IMPORTANT: For full job description, which includes additional Responsibilities and Requirements for the position and application procedures*, see our web site:

Final appointment is subject to available funding. The position is “Open until Filled”,
*Candidates must apply on-line, using Rhode Island College’s PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking system

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution which values and is committed to expanding the diversity of its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to identify themselves as such at the time of application.

Director at George Washington University

The Department of Physics at George Washington University has a new
permanent position for a Director of Undergraduate Laboratories. More
information about this position is available on PER-Central:

Please send questions to Jerry Feldman ( or William Parke
( Also, I will be attending the Summer AAPT meeting in
Portland and will be able to answer additional questions.

Studentship at Western Michigan University

We have an opening for a graduate student research assistant to join our
top-ranked program in Science Education at Western Michigan University
( Applicants with a bachelors degree may
apply to the concurrent-enrollment program that allows them to earn a M.A.
degree in a science discipline from a WMU science department and a Ph.D. in
Science Education from the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.
Applicants who already have a masters degree can apply directly to the Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant Needed to Study Institution-Wide Transformation
of Introductory Science Labs

WMU researcher Charles Henderson has been contracted to study the
implementation and impact of a major science reform effort at Iowa State
University. With support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Iowa
State is planning to change their introductory science labs to allow
students to pose meaningful questions (as opposed to traditional ‘cookbook’
style labs). Environmental issues will be a major overarching theme of the
project. See for more details
about the larger program.

A graduate student research assistant is needed to work on this project.
The position will start in September 2010 and last for four years. The goal
of the project is to study how and to what extent these changes become
institutionalized at Iowa State as well as barriers and affordances to such
institutionalization. Project activities will include conducting interviews
and surveys with key stakeholders, targeted observations, as well as
analysis of project documents. If you are interested in finding out more
about this project, please contact Dr. Charles Henderson at Successful applicants must meet the enrollment
criteria for the graduate program in Science Education at the Western
Michigan University Mallinson Institute for Science Education (more details

Thursday, June 17, 2010

VAP at Univ. of Toledo

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Toledo invites applications for a non-tenure-track visiting position to begin in August 2010. Pending final budgetary approval, the appointment will be for one year with the possibility of reappointment for a second or third year at the discretion of the university. The position will have a primary focus on teaching introductory physics, astronomy, and natural science courses.

A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field is required for appointment at the Visiting Assistant Professor level; candidates with a Masters degree may be considered for appointment at the Visiting Instructor level. Prior teaching experience is required. The candidate filling this position will be expected to teach twelve credit hours of courses per semester, some of which may include laboratory or recitation sections. We encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Review of the applications will begin on July 10, 2010, but the position remains open until filled.

Applicants should include a current CV, a one- or two-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters. Applications should be sent to: Chair, VAP Search Committee, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, MS111, Univ. of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 43606-3390 or by e-mail to

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Adjunct at Columbus Tech

Job Description: Instructions and supervises students in a variety of
areas. Develops program and course outlines; evaluates students’
progress in attaining goals and objectives. Payment method for
employees assigned to this job is APO, “lump-sum, fee- for-service.”

Job Responsibilities:

1.Instructs students in skilled or basic vocational areas, technical or general core areas, and/or adult education areas
2.Develops program and course outlines, goals and objectives.
3.Evaluates students’ progress in attaining goals and objectives
4.Requests and maintains supplies and equipment, and prepares required budget requests
5.Develops teaching methods and maintains management procedures and documentation
6.Maintains program certification requirements
7.Meets with students, staff members and other educators to discuss students’ instructional programs and other issues impacting the progress of the students
8.Assists with recruitment, retention and job placement efforts
9.Ensure safety and security requirements are met in the training areas
10.Attends in-service training, workshops, seminars and conferences

Sample Technical Competencies:

1. Ability to develop lesson outlines and materials
2. Knowledge of vocational area of assignment
3. Ability to present subject matter in the specific vocational area
4. Ability to administer tests to evaluate progress
5. Ability to use video, audio, and other types of equipment to present lessons
6. Ability to supervise individualized programs

Job Title: Adjunct Faculty (APO)
Job Code: 10317
Effective Date: August 1, 2009
Salary Plan: (APO)

Contact Name: Patricia Hood, Human Resources Director
Contact Email:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Postdoc at MIT

The Teaching and Learning Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is seeking a postdoctoral associate to work in collaboration with the MIT Office of Minority Education on a project to strengthen the teaching and learning component of Interphase, a rigorous seven-week summer residential program for admitted MIT freshmen (

Interphase's chief goal is to provide students with an academic, personal, and community base from which they can build successful careers at MIT. One facet of the program focuses on increasing students' mastery of calculus, physics, and chemistry. The TLL postdoctoral associate will work specifically with instructors in physics to: (1) Identify pivotal concepts and misconceptions in introductory physics; (2) design curricula that teach those concepts and address the misconceptions; and (3) develop hands-on activities, worksheets, problem sets, and/or exams that complement the curricula. Responsibilities may also include the development of an assessment protocol to evaluate new curricula and pedagogy.

This is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2010. Requirements: A recent Ph.D. or Ed.D. in science or engineering education. Background in assessment and evaluation a plus, as is teaching experience in science or engineering at the college level.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Many postdocs at University of Illinois at Chicago

Post -Doc Research Opportunities at UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute
Areas include: Mathematics, Science, and Literacy
Project Foci: Cognition, Instruction & Assessment
The Learning Sciences Research Institute at UIC is seeking qualified candidates for post-doctoral research positions on several major funded projects in the disciplinary areas of mathematics (2 positions), science (1-2 positions), and literacy (2-3 positions). All positions are for a minimum of 2 years and involve working with a team of faculty, research staff, and graduate students on projects involving research and development related to teaching and learning. The grade spans of the projects vary from middle school through high school and undergraduate education. Positions are available for appointment starting July 1, 2010.

Candidates must have PhD in Learning Sciences, Psychology, Education or a related field. Applicants for the math or science positions could have a PhD in mathematics or science with a research specialization in assessment, measurement, or learning and instruction within a mathematics, science or engineering discipline. Applicants for the literacy positions could have expertise in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in middle school or high school literacy, social studies/history education, or science education; assessment of content learning: qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

Individuals interested in these positions should send an email to: Susan Goldman (literacy positions); James Pellegrino (mathematics positions); and Lou DiBello (science positions) . In the email please indicate your educational background and training and areas of specific expertise. Attach a recent vita and provide information on 2-3 potential references, including their contact information. Please indicate if you will be attending ICLS 2010 in Chicago at the end of June. Interviews of qualified candidates by members of the project leadership teams may be arranged at ICLS 2010.

Postdoc at University of British Columbia

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the
Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC, with funding from the Carl
Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI). The successful applicant will
work closely with physics faculty to:

* establish sustainable procedures for identifying and effectively
using broad-based learning goals, associated assessment tools, and
proven teaching techniques in all of our undergraduate courses;
* coordinate a pilot trial on a select set of courses
* liaise with others involved in the CWSEI to coordinate the efforts
in the Physics and Astronomy department with parallel efforts in other
departments in the Faculty of Science.

The initial 12-month term of employment is normally renewable for a second
term, and may be further extended depending on performance and
availability of funds. If extended, responsibilities will expand

A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is normally expected, however exceptional
candidates with other backgrounds will be considered. Applicants must
articulate their interest in physics education transformation and
research, as well as any prior involvement with such activities (if any).
The position will be available as of September 1st, 2010. The salary will
be commensurate with experience.

Applicants should complete the online application form posted at

The deadline for applications is June 30. Applications will continue to be
considered after the deadline until the position is filled.

Letters of references should be submitted electronically to or

Derek Gagnier
(for Physics Education competition)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of British Columbia
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is
committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to
apply - however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Position at University of Munich

Enclosed is a job announcement for the first Learning Sciences professorship position in Germany. Please note closing date is soon--2 July 2010.

The Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Munich invites applications for a Professorship (W2/Associate Professor) for Learning Sciences Research Methodologies.

The holder of this position will be teaching in the Master of Science Program and the Doctoral Training Program in Learning Sciences as well as, to a smaller extent, in other psychology and educational science programs. Content of teaching is empirical methodologies for research, assessment, and evaluation for different areas that are relevant for the Learning Sciences.

Candidates should have a research focus in the area of measuring processes of learning and change. In addition, the capacity to align his or her research interests to one of more of the research topics in the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences ( is expected.

Excellent mastery of the English language is required.

Prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree, teaching skills at the university level and a post-doctoral degree or equivalent qualification that may have been gained outside the university of may consist in a junior professorship.

The initial appointment will be for six years. After a minimum of three years it may be converted to tenure pending a positive evaluation of the candidate's aptitude for teaching and research as well as the candidate's pedagogical and personal aptitude if all legal conditions are met. In exceptional cases involving candidates with outstanding qualifications, a tenured position may be offered from the outset.

Candidates for this position should be aged 52 or under at the time of appointment. Exceptions thereto may be considered in the case of outstanding candidates. The University of Munich is an equal opportunity employer and aims to increase the number of female faculty members. Therefore, applications from female candidates are explicitly encouraged. Disabled candidates with essential equal qualifications will be given preference. The University supports dual career couples.

Please send your application including Curriculum Vitae, copies of degree certificates, list of publications and teaching activities to the following address (closing date 2 July 2010): Dean of Faculty 11, University of Munich, LeopoldstraBe 13, D-80802 Munich, Germany. Fax +49-89-2180-5290, E-mail:

Please direct all inquiries about this position to the contact information above.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


An international search is underway to identify outstanding candidates for Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University. Texas A&M, one of the two flagship research universities in Texas, is among the largest universities in the United States. The Department of Physics and Astronomy recently underwent tremendous growth in research faculty and moved into two beautiful new buildings.

The Department has research programs in astronomy, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, and quantum optics. The Department collaborates with the Cyclotron Institute, the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, the Munnerlyn Astronomical Laboratory, and the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy. Candidates with drive, vision, and effective management skills are sought to lead this diverse department. The new head need not fit into one of the existing research areas but must have the broad background to lead the entire department.

Applicants should send a CV and a statement of research accomplishments and administrative philosophy via e-mail to (.pdf, .doc, or .docx). Application review will begin on 1 Sept. and continue until position is filled.
Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The university is dedicated to the goal of a culturally diverse, pluralistic faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. The university is particularly responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

Postdoc at Kansas State

The Physics Education Research Group at Kansas State University seek a post-doctoral research associate to focus on research on problem solving, transfer of learning, and appropriate use of technology in learning. The research associate will conduct qualitative and quantitative research on student learning and problem solving, and disseminate research at national meetings and in peer-reviewed articles.

A Ph.D. in physics or science education is required. Candidates who have completed a dissertation in qualitative or quantitative physics or science education research will be given preference. The Ph.D. must be completed by the date of appointment.

Application letter, curriculum vita and statements describing the candidate's relevant background, interests in physics or science education research and the relation of the position to the candidate's long-term goals should be sent directly to Kim Coy, Department of Physics, 116 Cardwell Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-2601. Candidates should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the above address. Application materials may also be submitted via email to

Screening of candidates will begin on July 15, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.