Monday, July 30, 2018

TT at The University of Washington Bothell (UWB)

The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seeks a dynamic researcher/educator to join the fast-growing Physical Sciences Division of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We are seeking candidates for a 50% tenure-track Assistant Professor on a nine-month academic year basis beginning January 2019. Successful candidates are expected to develop an externally sponsored research program in Physics Education Research (PER), to teach, and to provide academic advising to students. A 50% tenure-track position means that the University will provide 4.5 months of salary per year with the candidate obtaining additional academic year and/or summer salary funding through grants and contracts. This position carries all other rights and responsibilities of an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and the candidate would go through a process for promotion and tenure with the timeline set by university policy.

The University of Washington Bothell has a new undergraduate degree in physics and is seeking to build strength in this program. Faculty in the Physical Sciences Division of the School of STEM are expected to possess strong teaching, research, and mentoring skills and enthusiastic incorporation of undergraduates into their research program. Faculty are expected to encourage and support a diverse population of students and have knowledge of modern pedagogic methods.
A full description and application instructions can be found here: <>

Monday, July 23, 2018

Open Rank/ TT, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  

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Requisition Number 104937  
Position Title Instr Fac AY  
Job Posting Title Instructional Faculty AY  
Regular / Temporary Regular  
Working Title Physics Tenure Track Position In Physics Education Research  
Full / Part Time Full-Time  
If part-time, indicate time base  
Appointment Duration / End Date: Initial two-year appointment subject to renewal  
Department CSM-Physics (115500)  
College / Division CSM-College of Science & Math  
Salary Range Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Pay Basis Monthly  
Pay Plan Academic Year  
Position Description PHYSICS DEPARTMENT, TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH. The Physics Department invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track position at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, beginning 9/12/2019. Primary duties and responsibilities are to teach undergraduate physics or astronomy and to maintain an active research program in Physics Education Research (PER) that can involve undergraduates. Of special interest to the Department and the University are candidates who can contribute to our efforts to create inclusive instructional and research environments and/or make scholarly, discipline-specific contributions to issues of diversity and inclusion. 

Cal Poly strongly values diversity and inclusion, especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This PER search will occur at the same time as a university‐wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion, as well as to promote inclusive teaching strategies across the university. If the successful PER candidate's research overlaps with the area of diversity and inclusion, they will have the opportunity to join and support these university efforts.  
Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only)  
Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills A Ph.D. in physics, physics education research, or related field is required and must be completed prior to start of appointment. Must provide evidence of (or potential for) high-quality teaching and be active in the field of PER. Rank and salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Preferred Qualifications / Skills  
Special Conditions (Staff) Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought. 

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community. 

For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.   

Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and attorney's fees will be incurred by the faculty member.  
Pre-Employment Conditions (Staff) Background / Fingerprint  
Benefits Eligible

More Information Yes  
Job Open Date 07-20-2018  
Job Close Date  
Review Begin Date 09-17-2018  
How to Apply To apply, please visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG, complete a required online faculty application, and apply to requisition #104937. Attach a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a personal statement describing activities and commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a statement of professional goals including research plans. Please be prepared to provide the names and email addresses of three references when completing your application. Candidates may be required to submit a short teaching video. Successful applicants will be required to have official transcripts of highest degree sent by degree granting institution. Review of applications will begin on September 17, 2018. Applications received after that date may be considered. On campus interviews with finalists are expected to commence in October 2018. For more information about the Physics Department please visit Cal Poly is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of all qualified individuals. EEO.  
Internal Recruitment Only No  
Projected Start Date (Faculty Only) 09-12-2019  
Additional Information Contact Name (Faculty) Robert Echols  

Additional Information Contact Phone (Faculty) (805) 756-2447  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Educational Researcher, SUNY Binghamton

Job Description:
About the Smart Energy Scholars Program:

The Smart Energy Scholars Program aims to create seamless transfer between SUNY Broome, Queensborough Community College, and Binghamton University to prepare academically talented, low income students for careers in the renewable energy future of the United States. Students in this program will receive financial, academic, and social support. A custom designed seminar, academic advising, research experience, and internships are features of the program to retain and graduate students with bachelor's in chemistry, physics, and mechanical engineering within four years. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in STEM program.

Position Summary:

The Educational Researcher will work closely with the team to address key questions about how transfer students perform throughout their pursuit of a STEM bachelor's degree if they are given financial, academic, and social support. This research is significant because of the lower rates of success for transfer students (compared to native students), the low rates of bachelor's degree completion for students who begin at community colleges, and the need for more graduates with STEM competencies. We will assess the implementation of a community of practice designed to improve student's self-concept of being a STEM major, conceptual knowledge in their domain, and the sense of agency to overcome challenges on the STEM degree path, factors that have been shown to be significant predictors of persistence along the transfer path as well as in science. Our research aims to understand how students persist and perform in STEM degrees, along the transfer pathway specifically, paying attention to cognitive, structural and social variables.

We are developing a smart energy seminar to foster our program objectives using innovative pedagogies. The Educational Researcher will also work closely with the team to coordinate and implement the seminar. The position will be based at Binghamton University and may require some travel to partner campuses in Binghamton and New York City. The expected start date will be August 2018, for a one-year period with option of renewal.

Job Responsibilities:

Work with the project team to finalize the mixed methods approach to address the research objectives which includes:
Comparisons of quantitative student outcomes (GPA, retention and graduation rates) between scholars in the program and matched groups outside of the program
Use of the nationally validated survey, Student Experience in a Research University
Qualitative data generation through observation, interviews and focus groups
Implement the research protocol, collecting data across the three campuses
Monitor challenges and opportunities in the research design and implementation
Work with the external project evaluator to share and discuss data as appropriate
Analyze and write up results for conference presentations, scholarly publications, and public briefs on the project
Participate in seminar and other program events
Coordinate the smart energy seminar
Contribute content to seminar, as needed
Other related duties as assigned

Applicants must have a Ph.D or equivalent in a science or engineering field. Science education, learning science, or related degree preferred.
Strong publication and presentation record
Demonstrated expertise in mixed method research design, with an emphasis on qualitative data analysis
Ability to work collaboratively and independently
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience in project management and/or coordination of academic programs

Additional Information:
Salary Range: $48,000 annually. Full-time, 12-month appointment.

Research Foundation Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  It is the obligation of each officer, manager, and supervisor to ensure all employment activities are conducted in an equal and equitable fashion, without regard to race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, genetic information, marital status, status as a domestic violence victim, arrest record, disability, military status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal veteran, active duty or wartime campaign badge veteran, or other characteristic as protected by law.  Such activities include, but are not limited to: recruitment, advertising, selection, hiring, training, promotion, upgrade, demotion, transfer, layoff, discharge, return from layoff, performance evaluation, rate of pay, other compensation and fringe benefits.

The Research Foundation for SUNY is a private, not for profit corporation.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus since August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:
Persons interested in this position should apply online. To apply please submit:

Resume or Curriculum vitae.
Letter summarizing applicant's training, educational program development and/or coordination, research interests, and goals. Cover letters may be addressed to the Search Committee, Smart Energy Scholars.
Names and contact information (address, email, phone) for three work and/or academic references.
You may add additional files/documents after uploading your resume.

After filling out the contact information, you will be directed to the upload page.

Returning Applicants: - Login to your The Research Foundation for SUNY at Binghamton Careers Account to check your completed application.

Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Two Postdocs at Cornell

Two Educational Postdoctoral positions are available at Cornell University:
The anticipated start date for the appointments is August 1, 2018. The review of applications will begin on July 15, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. You can find more details about the positions, and instructions about how to apply:

Educational Teaching Postdoc
Applications are invited for an Education Teaching Postdoc in the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories with interest in developing skills and experience essential to evidence-based education research and university teaching. We are looking for an individual who is excited about teaching, education research in biology course assessment and collaboration in biology education. Experience with laboratory tools used in neurobiology or genetics research, and work with video production is a plus.

The Postdoctoral Associate will assist and report to the Director of the Laboratories and will be devoting 40% of their full-time effort to using modern pedagogical methods in teaching and in training graduate TAs, 30% of their effort to discipline-based education research projects and helping assess active learning methods, and 30% of their effort to helping develop new course modules, especially in the fields of neurobiology, behavior and modern genetics lab skills (CRISPR). The Postdoc may also help prepare biology education videos and other media.

Educational Research Postdoc
Applications are invited for an Educational Research Postdoc in STEM education research in collaboration with the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories and the Physics Department at Cornell University. The successful candidate will be devoting 100% of their full-time effort to discipline-based education research and participate in the evaluation and improvement of the Investigative Biology Laboratory course and help redesign and evaluate the introductory physics labs to similarly develop students’ scientific abilities and critical thinking skills.

The successful candidate will work with co-PIs Dr. Mark Sarvary (in biology) and Dr. Natasha Holmes (in physics) and a growing team of discipline-based education researchers to evaluate the existing courses, and design and test improvements. A significant portion of the project will be devoted to developing training materials for instructors and teaching assistants (graduate and undergraduate).

Please also contact the PIs Dr. Sarvary ( or Dr. Holmes ( with any questions.

Monday, July 2, 2018

STEM Education Postdoc, Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines has a full-time post-doc position open to work with two NSF grant funded projects related to STEM teacher preparation.  The position is three-quarters time on Get the Facts Out: Changing the Conversation around STEM teaching and one quarter-time on our Noyce Scholarship Grant.  Get The Facts Out is an innovative partnership led by Mines that includes the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Chemical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, behavior change researchers, teacher educators, and several colleges and universities to serve as study sites. The grant aims to tackle misperceptions about the teaching profession with the goal of increasing the fraction of physics, chemistry, and math majors that choose to pursue middle and high school teaching as a career.

This position requires travel annually to the six study sites, the annual project team meeting, and a national conference to report on project findings. The post-doc will work with Wendy Adams, Physics Education Research Faculty member, and Kristine Callan, Physics Teaching Professor.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree before the position start date in physics, chemistry, mathematics, science education, or communications. Candidates can either have a degree in education research or demonstrated interest in education research.  The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills, strong quantitative skills, ability to work collaboratively, the self-discipline to work independently, and enjoy multi-tasking.

Job Responsibilities: Conduct research on perceptions of teaching as a profession, including longitudinal analysis of perceptions through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups. Conduct teacher recruitment activities at Mines including presentations, advising, and assisting with scholarship decisions.  Supervise undergraduate research assistants, manage budgets, and report findings through peer-reviewed publications.

Salary: $50,000 per year with benefits and travel support. The Post-doc will be on a yearly-appointment with funding for up to five years.

Department Description:

Located in Golden, nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, located on the west side of the Denver Metro area and 21 miles south of Boulder, Mines has enrollment of over 5000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and applied science. Annual research funding exceeds $60M. The Department of Physics is housed in the new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering building, which is at the center of campus and has several new classrooms designed for interactive and innovative teaching techniques.

Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:

To apply for the position please send the following materials to

1. Cover letter that addresses the qualifications described above, describes the applicant’s interest in joining the project, and answers the following questions:

1.A) In what ways do your previous research, teaching, and/or outreach experiences inform your interest in recruiting new science and math teachers?

1.B) What background experiences do you have that lead you to feel prepared for and interested in statistical analysis of large-scale data and conducting individual interviews?

1.C) How do your previous experiences prepare you to work cooperatively and productively with colleagues, students, and supervisors from diverse backgrounds?

1.D) In this postdoctoral research position, you will gain significant skills in physics education research, as well as in survey development. How do you envision those skills will be useful to you later in your career?

2. CV with references listed.