Thursday, November 23, 2017

TT in PER/AER, University of Hawaii at Manoa

At the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), to begin as soon as possible, pending position approval and availability of funds.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa expects to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Specialist level in astronomy/physics education. This position is intended for a faculty member with a strong interest in educational practice and methodology in astronomy and physics.  
Duties include support, coordination, and assessment of the new undergraduate programs in astrophysics and astronomy jointly offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Astronomy. Specific examples of such duties are:
  • Coordinate assessment across the individual courses in the Astronomy and Astrophysics programs.
  • Work closely with the program chair in revising the programs.
  • Develop evidence based methodologies in conjunction with faculty; provide assistance with implementation, including assessment and feedback.
  • Advise undergraduates in the Astrophysics and Astronomy programs.
  • Provide internal coordination to facilitate the capstone projects required of seniors in the Astrophysics and Astronomy programs at UHM.
  • Provide support and direction for articulation agreements between UHM and other institutions.
The applicant will also teach astronomy, astrophysics and physics courses. The ability to attract external funding to support educational and/or research initiatives, and to investigate topics in science education, astronomy, or physics, is also desirable.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong experimental program in astrophysics (cosmic rays, neutrinos, dark matter) and high-energy physics (b meson physics, instrumentation and neutrinos) and a vigorous theory program in high-energy physics. The Institute for Astronomy has observational programs in galaxies and cosmology, stellar formation and evolution, interstellar material, planetary systems, astrobiology, and solar astronomy, and instrumentation programs in adaptive optics and infrared astronomy.
Minimum qualifications: 
  • a Masters degree
  • in addition to the Masters, 30 credits of graduate study from a college or university of recognized standing and in the fields astronomy or physics
  • at least three years of experience in astronomy or physics education at the next lower rank, or its equivalent
Desirable qualifications:
  • a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics or a closely related field
  • a record of at least three years of effective teaching in astronomy and/or physics courses, or equivalent postdoctoral experience at time of application
  • experience in application of evidence-based teaching methodologies (e.g., active learning, group discussion, etc.)
  • familiarity with strategies for course and program assessment and development
  • ability to support professional development of STEM teaching faculty
  • ability to conduct research and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
  • ability to attract external funding
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY: Please upload a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications, a statement of teaching philosophy including past instructional activities and experience, and a research plan (if applicable) using AcademicJobsOnline at the link:
Also please arrange for at least four letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same website.  Applications with all materials received byDecember 1, 2017 will receive full consideration.

INQUIRIES: Please email with any questions. Note that letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the aforementioned website, not sent to this email.
The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, National Guard participation, breastfeeding, and arrest/court record (except as permissible under State law).
Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services.
Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PER Postdoc, University of Central Florida

PER and Online Learning Postdoc Position at University of Central Florida

The Department of Physics at University of Central Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral research position working at the intersection of Physics and Online Education research. The successful candidate will work with Assistant Prof. Zhongzhou Chen to design and implement a series of online-learning experiments in UCF's large introductory physics courses, and analyze large amounts of clickstream data collected from those experiment to gain insight into student learning behavior.

Job description:
With the nation's second largest undergraduate population and a strong focus on online and distributed learning, UCF presents an excellent opportunity to conduct large scale online learning experiments and collect massive high quality student learning data. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to study a wide range of research questions in physics and STEM education, through modeling and analysing learnign data collected from custom designed online learning modules deployed in introductory physics courses. He/she will also take a leading role in designing, developing and implementing instructional meterials and tools for online and blended learning environments, working closely with a team of developers from the center for distributed learning at UCF. For more detailed information please visit:

This is an initial 12-month appointment, with possible renewal for a second year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in extensive personalized professional mentoring as part of UCF’s Preeminent Postdoctoral Program. Professional development activities may include training on and participation in grant writing, training in mentoring and scaffolded mentoring of students, participation in the STEM Education Reading Group, and participation in the UCF iSTEM Faculty Fellows program (for disciplinary faculty working on education projects).

Required experience: Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education Research, STEM Education Research, Psychometrics, Data Science or other related fields. Familiarity with discipline-based education research methodologies and comfortable working with large educational datasets. Demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
Online, digital or technology enhanced learning research, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Educational data-mining
Big data and data visualization
Web development

Salary: $50,000 per year with benefits and $5000 one time travel award.

Start date: Between January 2018 and June 2018. (Exact starting date will be negotiated with the successful candidate.)

How to apply: Applicants should submit the following materials to Dr. Zhongzhou Chen at
1. Letter of interest
2. Current CV including a list of publications;
3. A Statement of Research Interests describing the candidate's relevant background and research interest;
4. Contact information for three professional references to Dr. Zhongzhou Chen;
5. Put "Postdoc Application 2018" in the subject line

Screening of candidates will start on December 1st, 2017, and the position will remain open till it is filled.

Additional Information:
For more information on the Physics Education Research group at UCF please visit:

The University of Central Florida is located conveniently in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Full Time Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

The School of Science (SoS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for the position of Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, starting January 2018. This renewable position will initially be a 3-year appointment.
Primary responsibilities will be introductory undergraduate Physics education for engineering and science students. There is an emphasis on development of new pedagogical methods. There will also be opportunities to teach senior level physics courses or to contribute to Physics educational development projects, depending on the candidate’s strengths and interests.
Candidates must possess a Ph.D., or foreign degree equivalent, in Physics or a closely-related discipline. The successful candidate is expected to have strong teaching, advising, and mentoring skills. The ideal candidate will be an individual with a comprehensive vision of physics education, as well as the skills needed to integrate hands-on laboratory skills at the introductory physics levels.
We welcome candidates who bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employee
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, qualified applicants must submit a resume, a statement of teaching and professional interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness as well as contact information for three references by email to:
Evidence of teaching effectiveness may include student evaluations, publications or conference presentations related to teaching practices or pilot studies, syllabi, and/or sample assignments.

Applicants should arrange for their references to send letters directly to at this time.

Inquiries may be directed to
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Attn: Prof. Vincent Meunier
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180-3590
Internal Number: 005977

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Today’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is combining its legacy of leadership in technology-based education with an expanding emphasis on the pursuit of discovery. Our over 450 faculty members include National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows, members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and other eminent professional organizations. The In...stitute employs over 1,900 faculty and staff in the areas of Biotechnology, Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Management Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Business, Finance, Administration, Public Relations, Athletics, and Facilities Management. Rensselaer employees are rewarded through a competitive compensation package, an exceptional benefits plan, professional growth and development, a technologically advanced work environment, and continuing educational opportunities.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Senior Science Educator/Physicist, Exploratorium Teacher Institute

The Exploratorium Teacher Institute (TI) is a nationally recognized teacher professional development center that promotes inquiry-rich teaching and learning in middle and high school science classrooms. TI’s mission is to create and support a collaborative community of teachers, at all levels of their careers, through professional development that joyfully emphasizes the teaching and learning of science as a process for understanding the world around us. TI’s body of work includes face-to-face workshops, online courses and resources, and research on teacher learning that has been disseminated via media and peer-reviewed publications. This work is developed locally at the Exploratorium and implemented broadly through regional, national, and international partnerships. Learn more about our work at:

The Senior Science Educator/Physicist position is designed for a physicist interested in working in an informal education setting and supporting middle and high school science teachers in their efforts to make physics engaging for their students. This position will work closely with Teacher Institute faculty of PhD scientists and veteran classroom teachers in developing and implementing summer institutes and Saturday workshops, working with teachers in the classroom, and creating and delivering online programs. The Senior Science Educator/Physicist will provide science content support for Teacher Institute programs, including the creation of engaging, hand-on, inquiry-based activities for teaching science, and will provide consultation for special projects across the Exploratorium, including publications, online resources, museum public programs, and exhibit development, where appropriate. The position requires a proactive, highly organized person with excellent science teaching, science communication, and writing skills.

  • Design, organize, and deliver teacher professional development workshops.
  • Provide doctoral level scientific expertise and pedagogical support to the Exploratorium, including consultation for exhibit designers, conducting training for floor staff, and assisting with museum public programs when needed.
  • Develop middle and/or high school level science activities and learning experiences, including written descriptions for dissemination by the Exploratorium.
  • Publish and disseminate successful activities and strategies within the area of science teacher professional development.
  • Effectively teach science content to a variety of audiences, including teachers, the general public, and museum professionals.
  • Communicate and represent the vision, goals, and activities of TI within the museum, to other organizations, and to the teacher professional development field.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • PhD in physics, or equivalent required.
  • Minimum 5 years' teaching experience required: science teaching experience at the middle or high school level strongly preferred.
  • Experience in designing, making, and troubleshooting lab and/or classroom equipment and materials.
  • Proven ability to communicate science effectively.
  • Demonstrated publication record in science, science education or equivalent.
  • Experience in a leadership position on large NSF or equivalent STEM education project preferred.
  • Successful track record in grant development, grant reporting, and project management.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Ability to work independently and within a team of scientists and master science educators.
  • Ability to work on some Saturdays and evenings.
  • Ability to travel to workshops and conferences both locally and nationally.

Open until filled.

This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt union position that includes benefits. All new teachers are initially hired on a fixed-term basis during their first teaching year. Re-hire to a regular teaching appointment is based on review of the employee's performance and suitability for the Exploratorium's teaching environment. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job.

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TT at University of Northern Colorado

This tenure-track position requires a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, or a Ph.D. in science education with significant graduate coursework in physics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach science methods courses, supervise student teachers, and teach physics and/or astronomy courses for science and non-science majors. Strength in teaching and professional activity, involvement of undergraduates in research, and service to the profession and university are also expected. A history of involvement in K-12 science education is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, or a Ph.D. in science education with significant graduate coursework in physics.
  • Ability to teach science methods courses, supervise student teachers, and teach physics and/or astronomy courses for science and non-science majors.
  • Demonstrated strength in teaching and professional activity.
  • Plan for an active research program involving undergraduates.
  • Evidence of service to the discipline.
Preferred Qualifications:
A history of involvement in K-12 science education.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Screening of applications will begin on December 4th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested persons should apply online at and select "View/Apply for Faculty Positions" then choose "Assistant Professor - Physics." Application documents to be submitted online are a letter of application/cover letter, a curriculum vitae, post-secondary transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point), and the names and contact information of three references. A plan for involving undergraduates in research also should be submitted via the online application process in the "Other Document" category. You will also be required to enter the names and contact information for three current professional references who will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation directly onto a confidential portal.
Additional information or questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Charles Kuehn, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 127, 501 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80639,
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed as 0.5 FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for Dependent Tuition Grants. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Additional Requirements :
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

NTT at Wittenberg University


About Wittenberg University:
Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 1,800 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Job Description:

The Department of Physics at Wittenberg University seeks candidates for a full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Practice starting in August, 2018. The primary responsibility of this position is teaching (typically 3 courses and 2 lab sections per semester), advising, and curriculum development. Teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate courses supporting the physics major and other science majors including the pre-health and pre-engineering programs, as well as in general education courses. We are open to candidates in all areas of physics, but especially encourage applications from candidates with a background in applied physics..


Candidates should have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, or a master's degree in physics or a closely related field plus at least 5 years of relevant experience. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to and aptitude for exemplary undergraduate teaching. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing and able to mentor students in senior projects.

Additional Information:

Screening will begin January 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please see our notice of nondiscrimination housed on our website.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications should include the following: a cover letter, a resume or CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references.
If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at 937-327-7517.
Returning applicants please login to your account to review your completed application or to upload current documents.