Thursday, December 28, 2017

[Re-readvertised: open until Jan 15] Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education), Michigan State, PERL Group

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins Michigan State University's College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe) and its Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research focused on two areas: 1) teachers’ instructional practices, and teacher learning as individuals and as a community of practitioners; and 2) teachers’ attention to equity-related patterns in student participation, and students’ subjective experiences related to equity and inequity in classrooms.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with education and physics faculty to:
  • Design multiple professional development opportunities for supporting teachers to integrate computation into high school physics courses,
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with in-service high school physics teachers,
  • Gather and analyze qualitative data about teacher learning in both professional development and teaching environments,
  • Interview students and teachers about patterns of participation, particularly focused on issues of equity,
  • Mentor junior researchers including graduate students and undergraduates in research on teacher education, and
  • Author articles for journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Cognition and Instruction, as well as discipline specific journals, such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Present research results at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conferences.

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in the Michigan State’s Teacher Education program and Physics Education Research Lab (

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Education, STEM Education, or Teacher Education. Candidates holding a Ph.D. in physics with a dissertation emphasizing education research are also qualified. A successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Prior professional development experience, which may include leading or supporting in-service or pre-service teachers, teaching assistants, and/or learning assistants,
  • A qualitative research background in some area (e.g., ethnography, case studies) using well-established qualitative methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews, video analysis).
  • Work organizing a large team around some project (teaching, research, or service).

An exceptional candidate will will demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • K12 teaching experience in STEM,
  • Prior experience designing professional development,
  • Coordinating data collection across multiple sites including managing video data,
  • Supervising junior collaborators on education research,
  • Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team,
  • A history of successful publications, and/or
  • An interest in issues surrounding (in)equity in STEM education.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to (posting number 467633). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on Oct 15, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Start date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early 2018. Questions regarding the position may be directed to either Prof. Niral Shah ( or Prof. David Stroupe (, research advisors for this project.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Assessment and Evaluation Specialist with Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation

The Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) is a newly created unit in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). Working directly under the Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation, the CTI’s mission is to promote academic success for all undergraduate students by supporting faculty excellence and innovation in teaching.
The Assessment and Evaluation Specialist serves as a member of the CTI’s leadership team, advises the Executive Director on key issues, and provides leadership for strategic initiatives related to best practices in course, department and institutional assessment and evaluation of teaching, learning and student success. She/he joins a seasoned group of instructional professionals, committed staff and faculty and serves as a liaison between the CTI and academic units on campus.
Working directly with and under the supervision of the CTI Executive Director, the Assessment and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for designing and implementing assessment studies to examine a wide range of educational initiatives. This will include innovations that focus on pedagogy, curricular, and educational technology, including the use of online learning, to further the understanding of how those efforts contribute to student learning and satisfaction. They will be responsible for leading lead CTI programs in the areas of assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning, develop and implement consultation services to support faculty in effectively accessing and interpreting course- and department-based data and learning analytics on student learning, and provide consultations on implementing evidence-based learning strategies. They will provide input on strategy and priorities for the assessment of educational efforts at Cornell and translate that strategy into short- and long-term action plans. And, complete data collection practices and procedures, analyses, and reporting as assigned. Additionally, the Assessment and Evaluation Specialist will lead the assessment and evaluation of CTI programs and services; contribute to projects across academic affairs related to assessment and evaluation of instructional improvement, student learning outcomes, and the scholarship of teaching and learning; consult with members of the Cornell community about evaluation plans for internally and externally funded education grants, assessment of student learning outcomes and experiences; and support projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
The successful candidate will possess a proven track record as an administrator, as a teacher of a discipline within higher education, a strong appreciation of the faculty role in a research university, and the ability to gain the confidence of faculty to catalyze support and enthusiasm for advancing the educational mission of the university. She/he will have a proven track record in quantitative data analysis and/or knowledge of statistical applications.
M.A. or M.S. with strong methodological training in research/statistics and qualitative analysis; 5-7  years of experience in assessment, evaluation, educational research or educational measurement in a university or professional setting, with demonstrated facility in both quantitative and qualitative methods; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Significant experience in program development and management. Experience in office and budget management. Supervisory experience. Ability to address stressful situations using tact and diplomacy. Ability to balance competing priorities and meet deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated attention to detail; proven ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators in an appropriate, timely and accurate manner.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Ph.D. preferred. Experience working in a teaching or student success center, involving consultations and workshops for faculty and/or graduate students, Postsecondary teaching experience, Expertise in data visualization, Educational development or assessment experience in digital learning, Educational development or assessment experience on working effectively with a diverse student population. Knowledge of STATA and related statistical programs.
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Impact Manager/Director, Washington STEM

 IMPACT manager/director job description


Young people grow up in Washington surrounded by a thriving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-based economy, yet they don’t always receive the support they need to participate. Washington STEM is a nonprofit committed to advancing equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education for all students in Washington state, with an emphasis on students of color, girls, low-income, and rural students - students who are more likely to face disparities.
The Impact Manager/Director will lead all research, evaluation, and data analytics activities for Washington STEM for purposes of informing organizational priorities and maximizing impacts for students of Washington state. This work will include leading:
·         Synthesis and analysis of existing state and national data sets to identify key trends, gaps, and opportunities for impact
·         Development and execution of applied measurement with partners in the field
·         Generation of key data points and data-driven insights to advance professional learning and improvement among Washington STEM staff and partners
·         Creation of reports, both ad hoc and formal, to communicate learnings and impact to ecosystem leaders, funders, and partners  

·         Create and subsequently update annual State of STEM impact report by providing research and underlying data analysis of Washington STEM’s impact over time; to include:
o    Research into STEM landscape and synthesis of existing reports and state level research
o    In partnership with other staff, perform analysis into focus areas, such as early math, computer science, science and engineering, and career connected learning, and vehicles for change such as collective impact networks and policy, to understand and enable key indicators and leverage points and best practice research
o    Develop impact measures and lead program evaluation activities
·            Organize and execute data collection activities, such as site visits, and community of practice activities to enable learning and improvement
·            Prepare documents, portions of reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings of analyses (e.g. map of computer science course penetration across state high schools)
·            Communicate and translate findings to multiple audiences in non-technical language as a catalyst for change
·            Present research findings and related recommendations to key targeted audiences
·            Prepare the research/evaluation sections of micro, portfolio, and major grant investment Request for Proposals (RFPs); review and analyze evaluation sections of submitted proposals
·            Prepare publication reporting (trade journals)

Education and Work Experience:
·               Advanced degree in educational research statistics or quantitative social sciences or equivalent experience required
Management and Communication:
·               Ability to manage and balance multiple tasks and priorities
·               Strong written and verbal communication skills
·               Ability to coach and teach other stakeholders
·               Ability to work independently and as a member of a team; can forge relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders across P-16 education
·               Demonstrated ability to present complex, technical information in a clear and concise manner to non-technical audiences

·          Competitive salary commensurate with experience
·          Health, dental, vision, Rx, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance
·          Paid time off and holidays
·          Matching 401(k)

Washington STEM is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.
Compensation for this role is competitive.  The salary level will be commensurate with candidate experience.
Anyone interested in the position is encouraged to apply early in the process. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kris Williams at  

Assistant Professor position in Physics Education Research, Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Physics Education Research (PER). The position will begin Fall 2018. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. The successful applicant should have a strong interest or demonstrated experience in teacher preparation. The new faculty member will be expected to: carry out a vigorous, externally-funded research program with a primary emphasis on physics education research for undergraduate and graduate projects, advise students, and participate fully in the teaching program of the department.

Over the past three years, the department of physics and astronomy has introduced a Learning Assistant program into its introductory physics classes and physical science classes for pre-service elementary school teachers. We have developed a unique, completely online MS program in physics for in-service high school physics teachers and are in the process of building up our undergraduate physics teacher education program. Two members of our faculty are PhysTEC fellows. The successful applicant will be involved in the continued development and expansion of these programs.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. We encourage applications from individuals who are committed to furthering these causes.  We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy.  This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes. The department of physics and astronomy is actively involved in furthering these causes through the APS bridge program, the national mentoring community, and through the recent creation of a women in physics group and the employment of inclusive pedagogical practices and classroom environments. 

Please contact Robynne Lock ( if you have any questions.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Physics, Wesleyan University, CT

Wesleyan University's Physics Department is seeking candidates to fill two teaching positions as Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice beginning July 1, 2018.   The department has an ongoing initiative to address the growing and increasingly diverse population of students in our introductory sequences.  These candidates will work together with the department to build an innovative curriculum that incorporates validated best practices from physics education research.
The successful candidate will teach five courses during an academic year.   Four of these will be laboratory and lecture courses associated with one of our two introductory sequences.  The fifth course will be an upper level or introductory physics course.   Collaboration with a current faculty member in ongoing physics education research is also possible. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor of the Practice; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Physics or related field within one year of hire.  The ideal candidates will have teaching experience.    

The initial appointments will be for 3 years. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, as well as the email addresses of three references to As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.  

Evaluation of applications will begin on January 15, 2018.  Questions about the positions may be directed to Dana Gordon-Gannuscio, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Physics (  

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer,

Friday, December 1, 2017

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Physics Education Research, Texas State University

Position Title Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Physics Education Research
Job Posting Number 20180079FAC
Job Location San Marcos
Department Physics
Position Description
The Department of Physics at Texas State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Physics Education Research (PER) beginning Fall 2018 at the assistant professor or associate professor level.

Applicants are expected to establish or continue a strong record of publication and scholarship, to pursue external funding as well as to actively engage in both individual and collaborative grant activities, to provide service and leadership to the department, college, university, and PER community, and to teach and mentor students. Graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring assignments are dependent on the background of the individual and the needs of the department.

Required Qualifications
For the rank of assistant professor or associate professor:
1. Doctorate degree in physics, science education, or related field. Applicants who do not hold a doctorate in physics must have a minimum of 18 earned graduate-level physics credits.
2. An established record of scholarly activity in PER.
3. Expressed interest in teaching diverse students at undergraduate and graduate levels.
4. Evidence of, or potential for, obtaining external funding for research.

Additional required qualifications for the rank of associate professor:
1. Six years experience in a university-level, tenure-accruing position. Exceptional candidates with experiences outside academia will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2. Strong evidence of high quality research in physics education.
3. Evidence of success in obtaining external funding.
4. Evidence of effective teaching.

To be considered for the rank of associate professor, the candidate must meet the requirements for that rank at Texas State University.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Teaching experience in undergraduate physics.
2. Experience using research-based instructional strategies for physics, especially the Learning Assistant model.
3. Research area that complements and broadens existing PER in the department.
4. Experience in PER beyond the doctorate level.
5. Experience directing student researchers in PER.

Application Procedures
Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered, To ensure full consideration, please submit the following materials by December 15, 2017: a cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met; complete curriculum vita; statement of research interests with plans (2-5 pages); a statement of teaching philosophy including interests and experience (1-2 pages); and a list of references with complete contact information for three references.

Applicants selected candidate for interview will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Proposed Start Date Fall 2018
Open Date
Review Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Texas State University, to the extent not in conflict with federal or state law, prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Research Interests
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
Evidence of Teaching Experience/Evaluations
Additional Document
DD 214/DD1300
Veteran's Preference