Friday, October 30, 2020

Research Director at CRICPE (WMU)

The Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU) is seeking a Research Director to support the continued work of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN). This project is funded by the National Science Foundation. The research associate will be in a visible leadership role in the operational and intellectual work of ASCN<>. Please share this announcement with your networks.

We are seeking applicants who have experience and interest in applying interdisciplinary research methods to solve important problems in higher education and who have a strong interest in policy and systemic change in higher education. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field.

ASCN serves as an open, interdisciplinary, professional network and intellectual home for individuals and groups in a broad range of disciplines who are engaged in creating and/or studying change in higher education in the full range of institutional settings.

Visit the WMU Jobs page to apply<> (or search for posting #0605472).

The Research Director will join CRICPE, a WMU research center that conducts and supports interdisciplinary research focused on promoting transformative change in postsecondary education (see<>). Supervised by CRICPE Co-Directors, Dr. Charles Henderson and Dr. Andrea Beach, the research associate will take the lead on the supporting the intellectual work of the network, while providing research and evaluation support to the steering committee and working groups that comprise ASCN. This includes, but is not limited to, facilitating working group meetings, planning and supporting webinars and conferences, producing newsletters and blog posts, and co-authoring and co-editing manuscripts and books generated by ASCN activities.

The appointment is full time. Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications and experience. The start date for the position is expected to be between December 2020 and January 2021 (early preferred). Remote work will be considered.

FT Instructor, Florida Gulf Coast University

 Instructor I, Physics



Job Summary

As an Instructor I in Physics you will teach undergraduate courses at the introductory and advanced levels, as applicable; be involved in course and/or curriculum development; participate on College and University committees and/or initiatives.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to: be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; be committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; be committed to effective use of technology including distance learning and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.


Job Description

·         Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • The standard teaching load is 12 contact hours per semester of undergraduate courses in physics and related subjects.
  • Community, institutional and professional service in furtherance of FGCU’s mission is expected of all faculty.
  • For service, level I instructors are expected to engage principally in teaching- and program-related service and professional development activities.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Department Chair.


Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in Physics, Astronomy, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.

·         Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate physics, or evidence of potential for excellent teaching undergraduate physics.

·         Talent in crafting a creative and relevant learning environment in a difficult scientific subject for students in STEM fields.

·         Must meet the University and College criteria for the appointment to the level of Instructor I.


Preferred Qualifications:

·         Interdisciplinary teaching experience as well as experience teaching at the general education level.

·         A collaborative and collegial spirit and willingness to serve at the department and college levels commensurate with career maturity.

·         Demonstrated engagement in reflective self-assessment of teaching styles and methods to ensure consistently effective instructional performance.

·         Experience or interest in professional development or scholarship.

·         Experience or interest in developing collaborations with faculty and mentoring students.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

·         Experience or commitment to the use of technology in distance learning & university teaching.

·         Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning. Must value service to the department, college and university.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2021.


Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.


Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.


Required Application Materials:

·         Unofficial Transcripts

·         Statement of Teaching Philosophy

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         References


Additional Materials (the application will ask you to upload any additional required documents from the job posting.) The following are the additional that should be uploaded in that section:

·         Cover Letter

·         Three (3) Letters of Recommendation


This position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by Tuesday December 15, 2020 will receive priority consideration.


Salary is $41,000.00 - Negotiable


To apply visit:


FGCU is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Guest Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College NY


We are looking for 1 or 2 guest faculty for two courses this coming spring semester (job listing here). The courses will be taught remotely, so applicants need not be in the NY area, though access to the campus lab equipment and office space is available for those that desire it. This would be a great opportunity for any ABD graduate student or post doc who wants to try out teaching their own course (and the rate is much better than the standard adjunct rate!) Please share this opportunity widely to those who may be interested! ​The deadline for first consideration of applications is November 15th, but the job will remain open until filled. I would be happy to answer any questions from potential applicants!


More info below about the types of courses we would like taught:

We would like one course be a 5-credit lecture (up to 45 students) that is open to the entire student population (so no pre-requisites) and could be on any topic of the instructor's choice. (Something interdisciplinary like 'Physics of Dance' or 'Physics of Music' would go over very well, and history of science courses would also be very popular and add some welcome breadth to our course offerings.)


The other course would be a 3-credit small seminar course (probably fewer than 5 students) for more advanced science/math students wishing to go into graduate school in physics, applied math, or other physical sciences. This would preferably be something like a junior-level 'Classical Mechanics' or 'Statistical Mechanics' course.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Assistant Professor- Physics Education Research, Auburn University

Job Description Summary

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month position at the level of Assistant Professor, with research interests in physics education research (PER). The home department of the successful candidate will be COSAM’s Department of Physics. COSAM has recently hired discipline-based education research (DBER) faculty in the Departments of Geosciences, Chemistry, and Biology and is eager to grow the DBER group within the college.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded PER program and collaborate with the growing cohort of researchers within COSAM on studying/transforming STEM higher education through basic and applied research. A scholar that focuses on using mixed methods or quantitative based approaches in the following areas of interest is preferred: (1) innovation of evidence-based teaching and learning coupled with rigorous assessment of the efficacy/effectiveness of student-led teaching methods within the physics classroom/lab; (2) research on human-technology interfaces/tools to improve learning in physics; and (3) understanding student conceptions and problem-solving approaches in the physics domain. Duties will also include teaching in the physics department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate research and service/outreach commitments.

Auburn University, COSAM, and the Physics Department offer a collegial and collaborative professional environment. A primary goal for COSAM and the Physics Department is the development of an inclusive environment by strengthening the diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. The Physics Department has a community of approximately 45 faculty, lecturers, and staff, 65 undergraduate students, and 50 graduate students. Active areas of research within the department include atomic molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics, plasma physics, space physics, and biophysics. COSAM has an active DBER group, and this PER position would provide collaborative opportunities within that group.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research. Candidates should also submit the names and contact information for three professional references. All applications must also provide a statement describing how past and/or potential contributions in teaching, research, and/or service will advance COSAM’s mission of creating an inclusive environment. Please visit the COSAM webpage that for more information about an inclusion statement:

Additional information about the Physics Department is available at: Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Please visit the following link for more information on Auburn’s guidelines:

For information about the Auburn community please visit:

For further information, please contact [Set up an email alias for the position and list it as a contact for further questions]

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in physics at the time appointment begins and a record of scholarly accomplishments in science education research is required. At least one year of research/teaching experience beyond the Ph.D. is desired. The candidate selected must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on the date the appointment is scheduled to begin (August 16, 2021) and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. The candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal communications skills.

Desired Qualifications

We desire applications from candidates representing groups that have been historically underrepresented in physics.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Please upload your statement of contributions to inclusion and diversity under the other document option in your applicant documents.