Friday, September 28, 2012

TT in Science Ed at University of Michigan

The School of Education at the University of Michigan seeks to appoint a tenure-track faculty member in science education. We are conducting an open-rank search for a scholar in secondary science education with an instructional focus on secondary teacher education for today's diverse classroom contexts.


Candidates should have strong disciplinary content knowledge in one or more disciplines in science or engineering along with expertise in and commitment to science teacher education. Preference will be given to candidates with K-12 teaching experience and who will contribute to the School of Education's commitment to the twin imperatives of diversity and equity. Candidates should be prepared to participate actively in the School’s endeavors to transform initial teacher preparation in science and consider how the University can support teachers’ learning across their careers. In addition, candidates should be prepared to contribute to a program of research and scholarship that will inform and be informed by a focus on learning in, from and for the practice of teaching and that seeks to build capacity for ongoing research and development in and on practice-based teacher education.

The new faculty member should address diversity and equity in both research and teaching. Candidates should, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to the development of professionals who have the skills necessary to teach science effectively in a society that is increasingly diverse and whose schools are inequitably resourced.

The secondary science education position will focus on teaching and learning in secondary schools. The successful candidate will be positioned to provide leadership in our work in the reconceptualization of teacher education, but at the same time, should help to maintain and further our reputation for excellence in content-area teaching and learning.

An important component of this position focuses on graduate education. Candidates should be ready to occupy a key position in the science education unit within Educational Studies in the School of Education. Work at the graduate level will include, in concert with other faculty, teaching seminars in which science education students and other graduate students enroll, supervising exams and dissertations, and fostering the development of science education students as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators.

Prospective faculty members should also be prepared to teach science teacher education courses and, potentially, oversee field instruction in the undergraduate and master’s level teacher certification programs in secondary science.

  • Successful candidates will have:
  • A doctorate in science education, the learning sciences, or demonstrable equivalent
  • Strong disciplinary content knowledge
  • Experience teaching at the university level, including science teaching methods or equivalent, and a commitment to teacher education
  • A developing or established program of research and publication in science education
  • A commitment to research and publication that informs teaching and learning in under-resourced schools with diverse students
  • A sustained interest in collaborating with different constituencies in the School of Education, schools, communities, and the university to engage in design, instruction, and research in a coherent, practice-based teacher education program
  • A sustained interest in collaborating with a similar set of constituencies to design and engage in research projects
  • Familiarity with and capacity for developing and securing grants to support research


  • Experience teaching science at the middle school or high school level
  • The ability to make connections to other departments and organizations on campus (e.g., biology,  chemistry, physics, earth science, and/or space science; the College of Engineering; the Institute for Social Research, particularly associated with research methods or assessment; etc.)
Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.  We seek to make an appointment to begin in September 2013.

Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, two publications or writing samples that demonstrate scholarly accomplishment in science education, and the names of four professional references. We prefer that materials be submitted electronically to  with the phrase Science Education Search in the subject line.  For questions or hardcopy materials, please contact the search committee, c/o Ms. Terrie Priebe at the same email address.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Directorship at Georgia Institute of Technology

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Assistant/Associate Director for Education Georgia Institute of Technology We are seeking a dynamic professional to lead the coordination of current programs and courses, and the design and implementation of new programs for graduate students, teaching assistants, and others interested in academic careers. The minimum requirements for this position include an earned doctorate plus at least five years relevant academic experience (at least three of these years should be after the doctorate). Experience working in graduate student development and/or Teaching Assistant training is required, while additional experience as a faculty member in a discipline represented at Georgia Tech is preferred. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to both work independently and in a team, and must know how to collaborate across different disciplines. The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education. The Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Georgia Tech consistently ranks among U.S. News & World Report's top ten public universities in the United States. In a world that increasingly turns to technology for solutions, Georgia Tech is using innovative teaching and advanced research to define the technological university of the 21st century. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia Tech is an institute-wide Center which services all disciplines. The goal of CETL is to enhance the teaching and learning standard of excellence by fostering, recognizing and rewarding a community of unparalleled teachers and learners through our commitment to faculty development, assessment, and support. Some of the current programs that are offered for students through CETL include:  Teaching Assistant Orientation programs  Tech to Teaching (see courses for future faculty and secondary teachers  Workshops and seminars  Campus-wide recognition of excellent teaching assistants  On-line course surveys for teaching assistants  Individual consultations The new Assistant or Associate Director (title will depend on level of experience of the chosen candidate) will collaborate with the appropriate people on campus, will work with the Director to help promote CETL programs, and will be a member of CETL who is involved in all existing programs. Georgia Tech offers an outstanding benefits package that includes 21 vacation days and 12 paid institutional holidays each year along with several group insurance and tax deferred programs. Please forward a letter of application, resume/vita, along with names, titles, and email address for five references all in a single word or pdf file electronically to: Sharon Baines at Review of candidates will begin on October 15th and will proceed until the position is filled. The expected start date is December 1, 2012.

2 Associate Professor positions, University of Copenhagen

At the Department of Science Education, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, two positions as Associate Professor within the field of University Science Education are open for appointment. The positions involve teaching, research and development in the area of university pedagogy and science education, mostly at tertiary level, where “science” refers to the disciplines represented at the Faculty of Science.

The Department of Science Education provides support for staff at the Faculty in continuing professional development and dissemination of good practice in teaching and assessment, curriculum enhancement and innovation. The chosen candidates will play a key role in developing research and scholarship that supports the University’s continued efforts to improve teaching and learning.

Applicants must document experience with research based development work related to science teaching at university, as well as personal contributions to one or more of the following research areas:

Higher education research, with a specific focus on the science area

Science education research (including didactics of a more specific discipline), with a specific focus on the university level

E-learning (ICT assisted learning, blended learning, distance learning etc.) in higher education with a specific focus on the science area

The teaching activities will primarily include university teaching training programmes (such as our Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme or “AdjunktpƦdagogikum”), including supervision. The positions also involve educational development activities including projects in cooperation with other departments and academic staff of the Faculty of Science. We expect applicants to document their teaching competence with a teaching portfolio.

The positions are open from November 1, 2012 or thereafter. Duties may include the successful applicants’ own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

The Department of Science Education performs research, development, and teaching in science education at all educational levels, but mainly within tertiary and upper secondary education. Information on the Department is linked at, and enquiries about the position can be made to Jens Dolin, Head of Department, tel. +45 35 32 04 20 and

The deadline for applications is Monday October 22nd, 2012. Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field. The teaching, managerial, out-reach, and innovative qualifications of applicants will also be considered.

Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University

Editor's note: This is re-post, but the original due date was March 15th, and they have since re-opened their search.

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks a visionary educator to serve as Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and to lead systemic reform-based efforts in STEM education at the local, state and national levels.  The Director of the Center will hold the J. Lawrence Walkup Distinguished Professorship and will be responsible for addressing crucial needs in American society for excellence in science/math education.  STEM education policy at the K-18 levels and its implementation throughout the science education curriculum are of critical importance to the work of this position.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is a teaching, research, evaluation, and curriculum-resource center and a professional development provider for science teachers and pre-service students across the NAU campus and for K-20 science teachers and informal educators statewide.  The Director will oversee various programs in the Center including professional development programs, graduate programs in science education, and teaching certification programs including the NAUTeach program which the successful candidate will Co-Direct.  The Director will also sit on the university’s Professional Education Unit Coordinating Council and will oversee the implementation of the science programs’ assessment plans and the reporting of student learning outcomes to the university and to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). 

The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences and must effectively represent CSTL to the university administration, external constituents, and the public. The Director must support CSTL academic and professional programs through curricula and degree program management, must foster and encourage the scholarly agenda within CSTL including maintaining personal scholarly productivity appropriate for appointment as the Walkup Professor, and must interact with a diverse group of partners (federal, state, tribal, as well as external donors) to promote and expand programs.  This will be a tenured appointment. CSTL has a state funded office staff (5) and instructional staff (7), as well as a professional development staff (9) that is funded partially by state funds and partially by $1M in external funding.     

Minimum Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate in a STEM or education field with advanced study in both science and education.
  • Professional credentials commensurate with a tenured appointment in the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University.
  • At least six years of experience following the completion of the Ph.D. in professional and/or scholarly activity related to the missions of CSTL.
  • At least two years of higher education administrative experience including personnel supervision.
  • Professional credentials commensurate with appointment as the J. Lawrence Walkup Professor (demonstrating the highest academic credentials of teaching, research or leadership qualities).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional credentials commensurate with appointment as Professor at Northern Arizona University (please see for requirements).
  • A national / international reputation in science education.
  • Excellent teaching credentials at the university level.
  • Experience in obtaining and managing extramural funded projects. 
  • Record of scholarship in science education
  • Demonstrated involvement in the policy issues of reform in science education in K-12 schools.
  • Proof of leadership experience in effecting educational change in science education. 
  • A commitment to curriculum reform that contributes to improved science education at all levels.
  • Experience with teacher preparation programs.
  • Experience with NCATE accreditation
  • Proven success with NSTA national recognition.
  • Experience at the public school level.
  • A commitment to support the multicultural needs of Northern Arizona University and the surrounding area.

Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 25,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 65,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

The salary range for this position is $84,000 to $90,000 for the academic year, commensurate with experience and qualifications, $10,000 summer salary for functioning as the NAUTeach Co-Director, plus potential additional summer salary from the Walkup Endowment and/or funded grants.

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of preferred qualifications, and names and contact information for three to five professional references. Hardcopy materials can be sent to:

Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning Search Committee
Attn: Jamie Baxter
Box 5621
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5621

Applications as PDF files are preferred and can be sent to

For questions regarding the position please contact Kathryn Hildebrand at kathryn.hildebrand@nau.eduPlease note that professional references will be contacted only for the most highly qualified applicants, and that both a letter and a phone interview will be requested from those individuals.

Physics Lecturer at Georgia Southern University, GA

Georgia Southern University invites nominations and applications for the position of non-tenure-track Lecturer in the Department of Physics in the College of Science and Mathematics #67078.  Georgia Southern University (, a member institution of the University System of Georgia and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, is one of Georgia’s premier universities. 
Position Description. Reporting to the Department Chair, the Lecturer in Physics position requires teaching and service responsibilities as well as a terminal degree. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate physics/astronomy courses and labs and to be committed to including innovative methods of instruction while maintaining a teaching workload of 15 contact hours per semester.  In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to engage in academic advising and to participate in other departmental, college, and university services activities.  The position is a 9-month, non-tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Lecturer faculty member will be appointed to an annually renewable three-year contract with renewal based upon an annual performance evaluation by the Department Chair. Reappointment of a Lecturer beyond six years of service is allowed if the individual has demonstrated exceptional teaching ability and value to the institution. 
Required Qualifications:
• PhD in Physics by August 1, 2013
• Evidence of successful teaching physics and astronomy at the undergraduate level
• Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the department, college, and university
• Demonstrated command of written and spoken English

Preferred Qualifications:
• Minimum of 2 years full-time teaching physics/astronomy at the undergraduate level
• Experience in teaching large enrollment courses
• Experience with online course development – especially online laboratories
• Experience working with a diverse student population at the undergraduate level

Screening of applications begins October 31, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2013. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a  curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Mark Edwards, Search Chair, Search #67078
Department of Physics
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8031
Statesboro GA 30460-8031
Electronic mail:
Telephone: 912-478-5292

More information about the institution is available through or  Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. Georgia is an Open Records state. Georgia Southern University is an AA/EO institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.

Astronomy Education Support Scientist at Sonoma State, CA

Sonoma State University's Education and Public Outreach group is seeking
to hire an Education Support Scientist to support several different NASA
Space Science missions, and an online college curriculum in Cosmology.
Master's degree in Physics or Astronomy plus 5 years of relevant E/PO
experience is required. Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field
is preferred. Astronomical observing and data analysis experience
required. Desirable computer software and web-programming skills include
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); programming in a higher
level language such as C or C++ and experience in web programming using
HTML, PHP, MySQL, Java and/or Flash. Knowledge of high-energy
astrophysics, cosmology and experimental design desired.

Major Duties:  Working independently under general direction, the incumbent supports the E/PO project director in creating educational materials and website information. Aids in the facilitation of E/PO events, including conducting online and face-to-face workshops for educators and classroom students.  Conduct astronomical observations and analyze data from E/PO group telescopes and satellites.

Job Tasks include but are not limited to:
- Write educator's guides and other educational material for use in classrooms, workshops and dissemination to the public
- Conduct formative tests of educational materials with students
- Develop new workshop materials and activities based on space science and technology
- Provide support for E/PO educational ambassadors and required NASA reporting
- Perform observations and data analysis using Sonoma State's 14-inch telescope
- Present workshops at science educator conferences and to informal education groups
- Support upgrades of group websites.
- Train students to analyze photometry data from the group's telescope.

To see more information about this job, please go to then External
Applicants, then Position 103489

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Postdoc at AAPT

[Ed note: this position has been filled.]

The American Association of Physics Teachers is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research associate to work on a new collaborative project on "Increasing Faculty Use of Formative and Summative Assessment through Online Resources and Faculty Development." The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Sam McKagan, the editor of the PER User's Guide, and Ellie Sayre, faculty with the Kansas State University Physics Education Research Group.

The position will be 70-100% time for 1.75 years, with the possibility of being extended contingent on future funding. The postdoc will work remotely with a geographically distributed research team. The postdoc may choose to work more directly with Dr. McKagan in Seattle, WA and join the research group at Seattle Pacific University, to work more directly with Dr. Sayre in Manhattan, KS and join the research group at Kansas State University, or may live elsewhere. The start date for the position is flexible, with the option to start as early as January 1, 2013, or as late as summer 2013. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information,see

Monday, September 24, 2012

Physics Specialist at James madison University

James Madison University seeks applications for the position of Physics Specialist in the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC), beginning August 2013. The position is a full-time, renewable-term faculty appointment, with affiliate status in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. We seek outstanding candidates with an M.S. or Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education or a closely related field.

Faculty Position at Evergreen State College

This is a full time faculty position starting in the 2013/14 academic year.

The Evergreen State College seeks a broadly trained faculty colleague with a background in applied physics focused on energy to teach physics in a wide range of interdisciplinary courses. Interest in areas that emphasize the intersection of energy and sustainability is an advantage. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels, be able to teach standard topics in the physics curriculum (including laboratories), and possibly hands-on field-work on energy initiatives.  The ability to support student originated projects and undergraduate research in their specialty area is also required. The person should be able to connect their teaching to other scientific, political, and social topics related to energy such as climate change, conservation, or alternative energies. The person hired is expected to collaborate with colleagues in the sciences as well as the arts, humanities, and social sciences to deliver programs to non-science students. The opportunity to periodically rotate into the Masters program in Environmental Studies is also available.

TT at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( at the University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both lower division and upper division undergraduate physics courses and to establish a research program. This candidate will enhance a physics degree program. We are especially interested in candidates with experimental physics experience who can take advantage of our newly constructed research space. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics (or a closely related scientific field), teaching experience in physics and a publication record. Applications are being accepted at  Review of applications starts on November 15, 2012.

Instructor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin

UTPB invites applications for potential non-tenure track Lecturer position. At least an M.S. degree with 18 graduate hours in Physics is required, while an M.S. or Ph.D in Physics is preferred. Duties may include lectures and labs for introductory physics. Salary will depend upon qualifications and experience. Candidates should send an application letter, a curriculum vita that especially includes relevant teaching experiences, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references to: Mylan Redfern, Dean of Arts and Sciences, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 4901 East University Blvd., Odessa, TX 79762-8301. UTPB is a primarily undergraduate institution with an enrollment of ~4000 students and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

TT at the University of the Pacific

The Department of Physics at the University of the Pacific is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position to start in August, 2013. Pacific is renowned for its rich liberal arts education, its high quality professional schools, and the close mentoring relationship of its faculty to students. We offer B.S. degrees in physics and engineering-physics, and a B.A. degree in physics for teaching. Our typical teaching load is two courses per semester. The Department has an active research group in high energy theory, as well as a teacher professional development program improving K-12 science education. With this position, we are looking for interests which will complement and/or enhance our existing activities. We seek a gifted and dedicated educator who can cover a wide array of courses in the major, who can develop engaging topical classes for non-majors, and whose research program provides engaging scientific experiences for our undergraduates. We are particularly interested in candidates whose experiences have prepared them to contribute to our commitment todiversity and excellence. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2012. Information on how to apply is available at:

VAP at Wellesley College

The Department of Physics at Wellesley College has an opening for a full-time non-tenure-track Visiting Lecturer position for the Spring semester of the 2013 academic year.  The primary responsibility of the position is teaching introductory electricity and magnetism in small classroom and laboratory settings. Wellesley is a highly selective liberal arts college for women located 12 miles west of Boston.

Qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Review of applications begins on October 15, 2012.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation (the online application will request name and email address in order for recommenders or dossier services to submit letters directly) through our online application system at: If circumstances make it impossible to submit any materials through our application site, please email us at

Bridge Program Research Associate at the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS), the premier membership association for physicists, seeks a dynamic and personable science professional to fill the position of Bridge Program Research Associate.  This position is based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD (near DC Metro Green Line) and it reports to the Director of Education and Diversity.  At present, this is a full time, temporary one-year position.  The Bridge Program Research Associate will help advance the emerging APS Bridge Program.  Responsibilities include:  Developing and vetting policy and procedure documents for the APS Bridge Program activities and operations; Interacting with education leadership at various levels to build support for the Bridge Program; Helping to design and refine project components including relevant workshops; Researching relevant literature on related topics and provide working policy positions and synopsis of accepted good–practice; Working with APS project and support staff to carry out project activities; Developing  policies and procedures for acquiring and analyzing data to answer project research questions.  PhD in physics or related field is required.  Must be able to work independently and in groups to develop and appropriately vet policies.  Excellent inter-personal skills needed to effectively interact with physics education leaders necessary.  Experience in developing and assessing education research questions is highly valued.  Experience working with underrepresented minorities is desirable.  Must be able to read and synthesize overviews of relevant subject areas. To apply, send cover letter including salary requirement, resume and a list of your professional references to the attention of the Director of Human Resources via e-mail: or fax:  301-699-8144.   EOE M/F/D/V

Education Programs Manager at the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS), the premier membership association for physicists, seeks a dynamic and personable science education professional to fill the position of Education Programs Manager based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD (near DC Metro Green Line).  Reporting to the Society’s Associate Director of Education and Diversity, this position will help lead efforts to improve education and diversity throughout the physics community, including the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project.  Responsibilities include: develop, implement, and evaluate national programs that increase diversity and improve physics education; organize and conduct the PhysTEC annual conference, and other meetings on teacher education; develop and implement programs for PhysTEC Member Institutions; serve as a member of the PhysTEC project management team; develop and facilitate education conferences on topics of critical interest to the physics community, such as building thriving undergraduate programs, distance learning, and graduate education; author reports on emerging topics of interest; where appropriate, seek external funding to expand education and diversity activities for APS members and the broader physics community; serve as staff liaison to APS committees and other leadership groups; travel to national and regional meetings to represent department activities.  PhD in physics, physics education or equivalent experience required.  Experience with high school physics teaching or teacher education is desirable. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary.  Must be able to work independently, take initiative, and work effectively as part of a team.  To apply, send cover letter with salary requirement, resume, and a list of professional references to the attention of the Director of Human Resources via e-mail: or fax:  301-699-8144.   EOE M/F/D/V

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dir. of Curriculum & Communication - Smithsonian Insitution

Director of Curriculum and Communications
National Sciences Resource Center
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

The National Science Resources Center (NSRC) is operated by Smithsonian Institution (SI). The National Science Resources Center’s mission is to improve the learning and teaching of science in school districts in the United States and throughout the world.  Through its parent institutions, the NSRC has actively engaged the scientific, engineering, and education communities in all of its programs. The NSRC collects and disseminates information about exemplary science teaching resources, develops and disseminates research-based science curriculum materials, and helps school systems improve their K-12 science education programs based on research and best practices.
 The Director will be a principal driver of the NSRC brand and product line. The incumbent will also spearhead NSRC’s mission to grow, both geographically and financially, science education publications throughout the United States and the world. The Director will have an entrepreneurial style and will articulate a clear vision and quantifiable plan for growth while maintaining prudent fiscal and operational control over the division. The Director will create and execute a marketing plan to achieve the short- and long-term goals of the NSRC, including the formation of strategic alliances in the educational and publishing communities as well as product-specific strategies to drive sales at the state, national and international levels.   
 This position reports to the Executive Director and is located in Washington, D.C. at the National Science Resources Center. 

TT Northwestern University

Tenure-track assistant or associate professor
School of Education and Social Policy
Learning Sciences Program
Northwestern University

Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor to contribute to research and teaching in the Learning Sciences Program. Northwestern’s Learning Sciences program, founded in 1992, was the first graduate program in learning sciences and has played a leadership role in graduate training and research in the field. We seek a new faculty member to join an active research community investigating innovation and reform in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

We are looking for a scholar who conducts research on the design and dissemination of innovation in K-12 STEM education in schools. The research program should explore innovations and investigate design and impact of the innovations on STEM learning and teaching. Potential areas include, but are not limited to: innovations in support of student learning in STEM; innovative and effective STEM classroom practices; innovations in assessment that support reform; professional development and teacher learning; exploration of out-of-school interventions designed to influence K-12 STEM; and curriculum and technology for innovation in STEM learning and teaching. The ideal research program would consider issues of scale-up as these affect processes through design and implementation.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Postdoc with AAPT

Sam McKagan and Ellie Sayre will be hiring a postdoc to expand the PER Users' Guide assessment section, conduct metanalyses of assessment data (including replicating the 1998 Hake study), and develop workshops for physics department chairs on best practices in assessment. The postdoc will work remotely (or may join a research group at Seattle Pacific University or Kansas State University and work with one of us in person), and work full- or part-time. Beginning January 2013, start date flexible. Interested parties should email Sam McKagan,

Non-TT at Colorado School of Mines

Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor (non-tenure track) Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines invites applications for an anticipated Teaching Assistant or Associate Professor position in the Department of Physics, to begin as soon as the Fall 2013 semester. The successful candidate will become part of the departmental instructional faculty team, which now consists of five full-time faculty members. The team has primary responsibility for delivering Physics I and II, using active-engagement teaching methods. These courses use the studio approach, under which a senior instructor partners with graduate student and undergraduate learning assistants to coach students working on a combination of hands-on activities, problem-solving practice, and other computer-assisted lessons. In addition, the successful candidate will receive occasional assignments to teach other parts of the undergraduate curriculum, as appropriate. Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree in physics or a related field by August 2013. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a teaching team. Candidates with a background in physics education research are especially encouraged to apply. This position does not involve formal tenure. However, the position occupies a budget line in the department, and will be a continuing appointment. For additional information about the department and Mine, as well as for instructions on how to apply, visit

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lead Educational Researcher, CSU East Bay Foundation

Position Title:  Lead Educational Researcher, IMSS


The CSU East Bay Foundation is located in the East Bay Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The Foundation is a non-profit agency founded to support the University. Established in 1959, the Foundation has seen continual growth in staff to support the growing number of grants and contracts awarded.

The California State University East Bay seeks applications for the position of a researcher to support research in Years 3-5 of a five-year $12 million National Science Foundation grant.  This is a 50%, 3-year grant-funded position.  The project is developing and studying a comprehensive teacher professional development model to transform science teaching and learning in under-performing middle schools serving predominately low-income, underrepresented minority students.  It focuses on several areas of research including lesson study, science professional development and its impact on student achievement, and development of partnerships between K-12 educational institutions and institutions of higher education to sustain this effort beyond the term of the grant.

The position will primarily focus on leading and directing research components. The candidate will be part of a team of researchers, faculty, and teachers that comprise the San Francisco Bay Integrated Middle School Science Partnership, an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership Program.

•       Part-time (20 hrs/wk), non-exempt, benefited
•       Salary Range: $44,500 - 57,000  (Salary based on 50% timebase)

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Leading, directing and assisting research team with research components including:

•       Coordinating/directing research components/deliverables
•       Mentoring less experienced researchers on research team and assisting team in research and publication deliverables
•       Attend research and research-related meetings and conferences
•       Development of partnerships between K-12 educational institutions and institutions of higher education
•       Maintain accurate records of research findings and the analysis of results

Minimum Qualifications:

Research and publication record in education research, especially quantitative and mixed-methods research.

•       Ph.D. or Ed.D. in science, science education, educational leadership or a closely related field
•       Strong research and publication record in educational research
•       Expertise in quantitative and mixed methods research
•       Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with faculty, K-12 teachers, administrators, and students are essential.
•       Flexible, reliable and organized.
•       Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•       Must be able to work independently as well as be collaborative and participate cooperatively in close-knit research team.
•       Must have reliable transportation and the ability to travel to different school districts throughout the day

Education or Training Equivalent To:
Ph.D. or Ed.D. in science, science education, educational leadership or a closely related field

Work Experience:
Experience and knowledge of K12 science and/or education.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Preference will be given to applicants who have a record of successful research and publication experience, have evidence of collaborating well as part of a team, and expertise in quantitative and mixed methods research.

Physical Requirements:

•       Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
•       Must be able to lift 10 lbs.
•       Visual acuity associated with concentrated computer use.


Position is open until filled, however to be guaranteed consideration all application materials must be received by September 21, 2012.

CSUEB Foundation is a committed Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, disabled and veterans are encouraged to apply. Foundation job positions are non-state positions. Proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of identity will be required immediately upon employment.

TT at Rockhurst University

The Department of Mathematics and Physics at Rockhurst University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in physics at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 1, 2013. We are a collaborative department that actively engages students in the learning process and promotes innovative teaching styles, the use of technology in the classroom, and undergraduate research.

Candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching.   Teaching responsibilities will include the full range of undergraduate physics courses with occasional undergraduate student research projects.  Service and scholarship activity is also expected for tenure and promotion.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree and teaching experience at the college level.  Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2012 and will continue until filled.

Please forward curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, and three letters of reference as well as statements of teaching philosophy and scholarly interests to or mail to:

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D
Chair, Mathematics and Physics Department
Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Rockhurst University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.  Reflecting its Catholic and Jesuit roots, Rockhurst seeks to develop the very best in the minds and hearts of men and women who will be leaders in service.  The University of 2350 students is located in the cultural and artistic center of the racially and ethnically diverse Kansas City metropolitan area.  For more information about Rockhurst, please visit our website at  Rockhurst is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity.

TT at Grand Valley State University

The Physics Department at Grand Valley State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2013.  Candidates will hold a Ph.D. in physics and must have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education, an enthusiasm for teaching across the curriculum, and the ability to engage undergraduate students in research. Ability to support departmental goals of expansion into optics, biophysics, nuclear physics, or astrophysics is an asset.  In the spirit of liberal education, we are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.  Application includes cover letter, CV, 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 1-2 page summary of research/scholarly plans that involves undergraduates, and three recommendation letters. Apply electronically at   More information can be found at Review of applications will begin November 9, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.  GVSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

TT at Vassar College

The multidisciplinary Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the Department of Physics invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in a field that bridges STS and physics, engineering, or emergent technologies, beginning in fall of 2013. Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.  Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

T at Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University Department of Physics and Geology The Department of Physics and Geology invites applications for the position of Department Chair beginning July 1, 2013. This is a twelve-month tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. A Ph.D. in physics, engineering, or closely related area is required. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and be fully qualified to teach undergraduate physics courses. Preference will be given to those who have established a record of research and publication. The successful candidate will effectively lead a multi-disciplinary department, providing strong leadership, a commitment to collegiality, and advocacy at the college and university levels. The department offers baccalaureate degrees in physics, geology, and two specialties in engineering technology, as well as pre-engineering transfer programs. There are fifteen tenured/tenure-track faculty, four full-time lecturers, sixteen part-time faculty, five professional staff, and 430 majors. Send a statement of interest; curriculum vitae; teaching philosophy; and the names, addresses, email, and phone numbers of at least five references to: Screening of applications will begin November 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on NKU and the department, visit and

TT at Rhodes College

The Department of Physics at Rhodes College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2013. The successful candidate will teach at all levels of a rigorous undergraduate physics curriculum and establish an active research program involving undergraduate students. The normal teaching load is five courses per year. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or closely related field.

TT at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York is a four-year Federal Academy. We are seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track position in Physics at the Assistant Professor level. Post-graduate experience teaching undergraduate Physics in a college/university is required as is a Doctorate in Physics or Astrophysics. The academic year is 11 months. Salary is competitive.  The incumbent will be a federal employee and the position is in the Federal Excepted Service. U. S. citizenship is required.  An application letter, which includes your teaching philosophy, a resume and a transcript, should be included with your formal application that must be submitted through our site (open for application Sep 19, 2012) under “Job Opportunities”. Candidates should submit all application materials by November 1, 2012.

T at Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University’s Department of Physics invites applications for Chair of the Department of Physics. The position requires teaching, service, and research responsibilities as well as a terminal degree. The full text advertisement, including information about the department, faculty, and the complete position announcement with all qualifications and application instructions, is available at Screening of applications begins October 31st 2012, and continues until the position is filled. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Postdoc at Stanford

The AAA Lab at Stanford ( is seeking a postdoctoral research associate who will integrate well with a small team led by Professor Dan Schwartz. The primary responsibility will involve developing and testing optimal ways to design and utilize science/math computer simulations in middle-schools to support deeper learning. This project is in close collaboration with the PhET team at the University of Colorado, Boulder ( Well-qualified applicants should have a strong background in math or science education, learning sciences, cognitive science, data mining, or technology design. Demonstrated experience with middle-school students is a plus.

The post-doctoral research associate will be expected to have secondary involvement in one or more other projects within the lab. The lab studies understanding and the ways that technology can facilitate its development. The lab works at the intersections of cognitive science, education, and computer science as applied to STEM learning. A sample of other projects includes choice-based assessments, contrasting cases, early mathematics, neuroscience, and informal learning outcomes.

The position is for 2 years with full benefits and possibility of extension. Interested candidates should send a short cover letter, CV, relevant papers, and references to: Contact: Kristen P. Blair, Ph.D. Email:

Monday, September 10, 2012

TT at Franklin College

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Franklin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Physics beginning in August 2013.

The successful applicant will have:
a Ph.D. in physics (preferred) or a closely related field, ABD considered
a proven commitment to excellence in teaching, preferably in a liberal arts environment
a demonstrated interest in experimental physics and undergraduate research
the desire to develop a robust physics program

TT at DePaul University

The Department of Physics at DePaul University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Physics at the Assistant Professor level, starting Fall 2013. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field.  We are seeking a faculty member who will teach a broad range of courses using research-based methods and who is capable of establishing a research program that will involve both undergraduate and terminal Masters graduate students.

TT at College of St. Benedict / St. John's University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position to begin August, 2013. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and establish a research program involving undergraduates; experimentalist preferred. Teaching responsibilities will include courses and labs in Physics and courses in the Common Curriculum. A Ph.D. in Physics is required. For department information visit

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Postdoc at Georgia Tech

Postdoctoral Position in Physics Education Research Georgia Institute of Technology

The School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking to fill immediately a postdoctoral position in Physics Education Research (PER). The successful applicant will join the PER group directed by Mike Schatz and will carry out research on the development, implementation and assessment of computational thinking & modeling of physics problems in introductory physics at both the high school and undergraduate levels. Candidates with a background in PER and/or computation are encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to conduct independent high-impact research.

The term of appointment is for one year, with appointment for a second year possible, depending upon satisfactory progress in the first year. Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications and experience. To apply, please e-mail curriculum vitae along with a brief cover letter to Applicants should be prepared to have three letters of reference sent upon request.

Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Postdoc Position at School of Education, Stanford University

Stanford University School of Education seeks a post-doctoral fellow to work with Dr. Jonathan Osborne and Dr. Hilda Borko on a new NSF funded project entitled 'The Efficacy of a Science & Literacy Academy Model of Professional Development.'  Together with Stanford University, the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley will begin a 4-year program to study the efficacy of an innovative model for science professional development (PD) for upper elementary (grades 3-5) classroom teachers. The study will begin in the fall of 2012.

Over the past nine years, Lawrence Hall of Science (the Hall) has developed a practicum-based PD model that operates in conjunction with local school districts’ summer school programs. The primary focus of this professional development is to develop the use of discourse which supports argumentation from evidence, based on reading science texts and conducting inquiry-based science investigations. To test the efficacy of the Academy model, facilitators from the Hall will deliver two versions of the PD–the Academy and the Academy minus the Practicum. A third matched cohort, who do not participate in either model of the PD, will serve as a comparison. Over a 4-year period, Stanford researchers will compare the practices of teachers in all three groups and the science achievement of their students. The PD and research study will be conducted within Oakland Unified School District, a large urban district in northern California.

Candidates for this post must have an earned doctoral degree in science education or another appropriate discipline prior to starting the appointment. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to engage in creative scholarship/research in science education and/or teacher professional development. The responsibilities of the position include working as part of a collaborative team with faculty and graduate students at the Stanford School of Education

This position is open to all qualified U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens without regard to race, age, gender, religion, color, national origin, or physical disability. The appointment will begin in September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter and would run for a maximum of four years.

Desirable attributes for this position include: strong formal background in research on science education or teacher professional development, experience in school settings, a good content knowledge in K-12 science, and expertise in quantitative research methods

Application review will begin on Oct 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Prospective applicants for the position should email a letter of interest describing their qualifications and a curriculum vita to:

Dr. Jonathan Osborne, School of Education Stanford University, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 650 725 1247 (voice)

For information about the Stanford School of Education, please visit our web site: