Friday, December 11, 2020

Adjunct Lecturer, Wofford College, SC


Adjunct Lecturer


The Department of Physics at Wofford College is seeking to hire an adjunct professor to teach one section of algebra based General Physics II and the associated lab in the spring 2021 semester. This course is a continuation of General Physics I covering topics of electricity, magnetism, optics, and nuclear physics.  This course can be taught remotely with synchronous online meetings at scheduled class and lab times.



For appointment, 18 hours of physics graduate instruction from an accredited institution is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree in physics and higher education teaching experience or similar teaching experience.



Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials are to be emailed to and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information (names, emails, and telephone numbers) for at least two professional references.  Qualified finalist candidates will be contacted for an interview and teaching demonstration. 



Wofford College, established in 1854, is a private liberal arts residential college located a few blocks north of downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. Wofford offers 27 major fields of study to a student body of 1,764 undergraduates and is nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty and study abroad participation. Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 286 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community supports 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams and numerous student organizations, including honor societies, professional organizations, faith-based organizations, club sports and three publications. 



Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Wofford College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws. 


Wofford College will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please reach out to



In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Wofford College does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of sex. Policies and procedures for addressing complaints of discrimination and harassment can be found at Reports can be made to the Title IX coordinator at any time. Inquiries related to the application of Title IX at Wofford should be referred to the college’s Title IX coordinator (contact information below) and external inquires can be made to the Department of Education.


Wofford College Title IX Coordinator

External inquiry can be made to:

Amanda Estabrook

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

429 N Church St.

U.S. Department of Education

Campus Life Building, Office 6

400 Maryland Avenue, SW              

Spartanburg, SC 29303

Washington, D.C.  20202-1100

(864) 597-4047

(800) 421-3481 /


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

PER Postdoc, Michigan State

 Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics Education Research at Michigan State University


Applicants are invited for a post-doctoral research associate in physics education in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Michigan State University. The successful candidate for the current position will work in the Physics Education Research Lab to study inclusive and equitable assessment practices within the physics community. The researcher would work on projects that build innovative ways to create, collect, and analyze assessment tools within physics classrooms and laboratories.


The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Rachel Henderson and will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty both inside and outside of the Physics Education Research Lab. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue their own research interests as they pertain to physics education research. There may also be opportunities to mentor junior researchers (e.g. graduate students and undergraduates) in projects related to this work.


Responsibilities include working in coordination with faculty to:

  • Analyze assessment data that has been collected in the transformed introductory laboratories,
  • Develop new assessment tools and practices using big data techniques,
  • Collaborate with course instructors to implement valid assessments within their classrooms,
  • Mentor junior researchers in quantitative physics education research,
  • Author scientific articles in education research journals, and
  • Present research findings at professional conferences.


Candidates are expected to have completed (or anticipate completion of) a Ph.D. in physics, physics education, science education, quantitative psychology (i.e. measurement and/or psychometrics), or a closely related field with preference to candidates with graduate or postdoctoral experience in the area of quantitative analysis of assessment data. The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding mentoring skills, strong analytical skills, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work with undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff in a collaborative environment.


The candidate will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the Physics Education Research Lab ( The Physics Education Research Lab at MSU is a dynamic community that includes 6 principal faculty, 5 research associates, 9 graduate students, and several undergraduate students. The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of 1-year extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.


Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and an assessment philosophy statement to (posting # 683767). In your assessment philosophy statement, you should address the following three questions: (1) What are the challenges in developing assessments? (2) What do you see as the goal of assessment? and (3) What does equitable assessment mean to you? In addition, applicants should provide the names of three (3) individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested.


Review of applications will begin on January 30, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. The starting date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available to start in May 2021. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Rachel Henderson, Assistant Professor in the Physics Education Research Lab at MSU,


We actively encourage applications from – and welcome nominations of – women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.

Monday, December 7, 2020

TT, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta GA

 Oglethorpe University welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, starting Fall 2021. A Ph.D. in Physics, earned by August 2021, is required.

Faculty at Oglethorpe prioritize teaching and mentoring, and the successful candidate must demonstrate high potential to succeed on both fronts with our diverse student body. A commitment to the craft of teaching, including the use of evidence-based innovative pedagogy and involvement in scholarly activities to promote student education is expected.  The teaching load for this position is two courses with labs, or the equivalent, per semester. The chosen candidate will teach, in rotation, algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics as well as upper-division courses and electives that support the Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering programs.  In addition, the successful candidate will regularly contribute to Oglethorpe’s signature liberal arts general education program, the Core.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain a research program that engages undergraduate students. Oglethorpe faculty are expected to contribute to their field through peer-reviewed work and to have an active and on-going scholarly agenda.  Successful faculty remain current in their discipline and expand their expertise by attending seminars, conferences, and workshops. Oglethorpe faculty also mentor students as academic advisors, research advisors, and in informal settings. Candidates with expertise in a subfield of Physics that can interface with our existing programs in the natural sciences, computer science, and/or mathematics are highly desirable, as are those applicants that can work across disciplines to develop multidisciplinary courses or courses in areas of entrepreneurship as it relates to Physics.


The Physics program is housed in the Cousins Center, which has been thoughtfully designed to promote student-faculty interactions in research, study, and teaching spaces.  Opened in 2019, the Cousins Center opens a new era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth for the Science Division. Housing both the sciences and the Hammack School of Business, the Cousins Center’s design encourages collaboration in flexible laboratories, classrooms, and group meeting spaces.


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is Atlanta’s leading liberal arts and sciences university, located within the limits of this diverse and dynamic city.  Our student body of approximately 1400 students represents about 30 states and over 20 countries, and over half identify as non-white.  Approximately one-third of Oglethorpe students are first-generation college students.  Oglethorpe is ranked in the top 15% of many polls and rankings of US colleges for diversity in metrics such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin.  Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpe’s success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement confirm an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and the wider Atlanta community we serve. 

Oglethorpe employs individuals based upon the assessment of their potential to successfully contribute to the university community.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by University policy, Title IX, or applicable law.


To receive full consideration, applicants must submit i) a cover letter, ii) C.V., iii) a statement of teaching philosophy, and iv) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to both i) Dr. Charles Baube (Chair) at AND ii) to:

Please deliver, or arrange to have delivered, three (3) letters of reference to the same email.    


The review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications completed by January 8, 2021 will receive full consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered on a rolling basis.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Open Rank Teaching Professor, NC State

 Department of Physics

North Carolina State University

Teaching Professor: Open Rank

The Physics Department at North Carolina State University is seeking a dedicated educator to lead efforts to improve our introductory physics lab sequence using tools from modern Physics Education Research.

Applications are invited for a full-time Open Rank Teaching Professor position (Professional Faculty Track) in the NC State University Department of Physics beginning in Summer or Fall 2021. This position is accorded professional rank with an initial appointment for three years and the opportunity of renewal and promotion to higher faculty rank.

The focus of the position is on creating and equipping modern, engaging, introductory physics laboratory courses for non-majors, based on pedagogical best-practices. This will include a commitment to improving the success of students from marginalized and under-represented groups, through both the application of research-based methods and cooperation with existing campus programs. The candidate will also regularly teach lab and/or lecture classes and supervise graduate teaching assistants in pedagogy, inclusive practices, and professionalism. Other roles and responsibilities will be shaped by the strengths and interests of the individual.

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Requirements for the position: Ph.D in Physics, Physics Education, or a related technical or scientific field, with teaching experience. 

Review of applications will begin on 4 January 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Link: 

Contact Information:  Karen Daniels (Search Committee Chair)