Tuesday, March 30, 2021

STEM Education Postdoc, Texas State

 We are advertising a postdoctoral-level position associated with the NSF IUSE-HSI grant: “Building Capacity: Creating Faculty-Student Communities for Culturally Relevant Institutional Change (NSF #1928696, PI Heather Galloway, Co-PIs Eleanor Close, Alice Olmstead, Cynthia Luxford, and Li Feng). The position will primarily focus on programmatic work and can involve synergistic research activities.


During this ~5-year project, we aim to engage faculty and students across Texas State University's College of Science and Engineering in workshops, departmental self-assessments, redesign of lower-division gateway courses, and project-level decision making. Participating STEM departments are receiving intellectual, material, and logistical supports to empower faculty-student teams in developing sustainable communities of practice focused on culturally relevant instruction. The project also involves three research strands that focus on communities of practice among faculty and students, STEM student trajectories at Texas State, and student graduation rates and STEM workforce outcomes for Texas State and other Hispanic Serving Institutions. We are currently approaching the end of year 2 of the project. More information is available on our website: https://www.cose.txstate.edu/STEMCommunities.html 


This position will be primarily focused on enacting and managing the programmatic aspects of the project. This will include expanding a well-established Learning Assistant program (https://learningassistantalliance.org/). In collaboration with the rest of the project team, the selected candidate will be expected to engage in programmatic activities such as: designing and facilitating workshops for STEM faculty; facilitating conversations within STEM departments about students’ experiences in their courses; designing and facilitating summer institutes and weekly preparation meetings for faculty-student course redesign teams; teaching a STEM pedagogy course for students; contributing to project-level meetings with emerging faculty leaders from across the college; and performing other management and administrative tasks as needed. Exact activities will vary depending on the stage of the project. The selected candidate may also engage in research activities related to faculty-student community development and faculty engagement. Co-PIs Close and Olmstead will be the co-advisors for this position.


Minimum qualifications are:

  • PhD in a STEM and/or Education field
  • Commitment to counteracting systemic inequities in STEM
  • Motivation and ability to engage with diverse students and junior researchers
  • Motivation and ability to engage with STEM faculty
  • Enthusiastic and motivated learner


Candidates who identify as members of underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 


The starting salary for the position is $50,000 per year. Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2021 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Preferred start dates are between May 15 and August 1, 2021. Initial appointments will be for one year, renewable as funding remains available (3-4 years). Relocation to San Marcos will be required when travel is no longer unsafe / restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Interested candidates should submit a 1-3 page cover letter and a CV to STEMEdPostdocs@txstate.edu. The cover letter should explain the candidate’s interest in the position and why they are a good fit for it, based on alignment with the required qualifications and any other desirable qualifications (e.g., past experience relevant to the job responsibilities). The cover letter should also specify a preferred state date and, if the candidate has not yet received their PhD, when they expect to receive it. The CV should include a list of professional experiences, publications, and contact information for three professional references. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation.



Texas State University is a large, diverse Hispanic Serving Institution in Central Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. The College of Science and Engineering includes seven STEM departments and a growing number of discipline-based education research faculty. Selected candidates will have regular opportunities to interact with faculty, students, and other postdocs who are engaged in education research (see, in particular, http://txstper.wp.txstate.edu and http://luxford.wp.txstate.edu/). Interactions and cross-project collaboration among postdocs working with the co-PIs will be encouraged, as well as participation in potential future grant-writing activities with the project team. 


Please contact Eleanor Close (eclose@txstate.edu) and/or Alice Olmstead (alice.olmstead@txstate.edu) if you have questions about the position. Please email STEMEdPostdocs@txstate.edu to apply and if you have general questions about the application process

Friday, March 26, 2021

FT/NTT at Texas A&M College Station


Academic professional track position in physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, of Texas A&M University invites applications for a full-time academic professional track (APT) faculty position at the rank of lecturer or instructional assistant professor.  This position will have a nine-month academic appointment (September 1-May 31) with a start date of August 1, 2021.  This position is not tenure-accruing but has opportunity for advancement within the instructional faculty track.

The successful candidate will assume full teaching responsibilities in the introductory-level service courses and contribute to the educational and/or service mission of the department.

Information on the Department of Physics and Astronomy is available at http://physics.tamu.edu.

Earned PhD in physics or related field is required.

All applications must be submitted through Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/84607.  Application review will begin on March 15, 2021, and continue until the position has been filled.  For full consideration, applications must be completed by April 1, 2021.

Each applicant should submit

  • a cover letter stating a specific interest in the APT faculty position;
  • a curriculum vita, including full publication list;
  • a teaching statement (maximum five pages); and
  • a diversity statement (maximum one page)
and arrange, through Interfolio, three confidential letters of reference.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Physics Curriculum Developer, Art of Problem Solving, San Diego CA


Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) develops educational opportunities for many of the most eager students in the world.  Since 2003, we have trained tens of thousands of the country’s top students, including nearly all the members of the US International Math Olympiad team, through our online school, learning centers, textbooks, and online learning systems. Over the years, our international online community of advanced problem solvers has grown to nearly 700,000 members. While our primary focus has been math for most of our history, we have started expanding into new subjects, such as language arts, physics, and computer science.

The physics team at Art of Problem Solving is building a comprehensive suite of courses to introduce students to physics. Our courses will let students explore both the content of physics and the ways physicists think as they build models. We have already built two successful advanced problem solving courses for our online school and an introductory mechanics course for our learning centers. Now we seek a new teammate to help us build a complete, ground-up curriculum that will appeal to the curious students who always want to know more. 

Students taking these courses will be challenged to: 
  • Collaborate with peers throughout the learning process
  • Build, test, and revise models for physical phenomena
  • Use those models to solve creative and difficult problems
  • Apply concepts they’ve learned to new contexts
  • Balance and interleave the roles of intuition, empirical evidence, and mathematical analysis
You’ll be a great fit for this position if: 
  • You have a personal vision for physics education that is coherent with the AoPS philosophy
  • You have led curriculum development projects with documented success 
  • Your track record shows you inspire students to dive deeper into physics
  • You have expertise in helping students solve rich, complex physics problems in a way that leaves them energized and empowered
  • You can leverage your experience into working on our AoPS Online and AoPS Academy classes, writing material for both middle and high school students
In this position, you will collaborate with the rest of our curriculum team to:
  • Take the lead on developing new physics courses on topics such as mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics, both with and without calculus.

  • Create labs that teach fundamentals of scientific practices, including model-building, communication, collaboration, data analysis, and experimental design.

  • Interact with students through teaching online courses, fostering conversations on our message boards, and potentially working with students in person at our learning centers.
Background Check: 
Please note that employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

Perks and Benefits: 
This full-time position will be based at our headquarters in San Diego, CA. However, we are primarily working remotely until it is safe to go back to the office. Some benefits of the position include:
  • Casual work environment
  • Flexible schedule 
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits  
  • 401K plan with company matching (up to 4%)
  • Year-end bonus based on individual and company performance
  • Relocation bonus (if currently located outside of San Diego)
Candidates should submit the following: 
  • Resume
  • Initial Physics Writing Task
  • Physics Teaching Sample

Please note that in order to be considered for this position you must be legally authorized to work in the US. We are unable to offer sponsorship.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

TT, Adelphi University, NY



The Physics Department at Adelphi University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2021.  The successful candidate will be joining a program that is deeply committed to engaging undergraduate students in high-impact educational experiences through teaching, research, and mentoring.  We will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  This position is subject to the final approval of the Board of Trustees at its March 2021 meeting or later.


  1. Candidates will be expected to teach a range of undergraduate physics courses.
  2. Develop and maintain an active research program that involves Adelphi undergraduate students.
  3. Engage with the community at-large (e.g., work with our industry partners, develop high-school outreach programs, etc).
  4. Lead and mentor STEM students at Adelphi University.
  5. Engage in service at various levels including at Adelphi and professionally. 


  1. Candidates for this Assistant Professor Tenure-track position must have a PhD and will begin teaching no later than the Fall 2021 semester. 
  2. Candidates from all areas of physics will be considered. However, applicants with optics research experience will be given preference
  3. Experience interacting with diverse populations and/or students of color.
  4. Experience with online teaching is preferred (but not required).


  1. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, selected reprints/preprints, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation (please send letters of recommendation to the following link: facultyreference@adelphi.edu ).
  2. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
  3. Questions should be forwarded to Professor Matthew Wright at wright@adelphi.edu .
  4. To be considered, applications must be submitted through the Adelphi website at https://www.adelphi.edu/hr/open-positions/.


Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected research and teaching university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university, serving more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. The University offers students more than 50 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and professional training. With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 115,000 graduates across the country, a growing enrollment of students from 41 states and 58 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is a dynamic community that plays a leadership role on Long Island and in the region.

The Adelphi Department of Physics boosts a successful mid-sized physics department that averages about 60 students at any given time. The department’s primary focus is on the development of undergraduate students that are in our program.

The department has an applied physics, optics focus that propels undergraduates into a range of careers including electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, optics, and physics.  Many of our undergraduate students participate in joint physics-engineering programs with our partner universities.  

For additional information about our program please visit:  https://www.adelphi.edu/program/undergraduate/physics.

FT/NTT, Chapman University CA

 Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics, Chapman University, August 2021


General Information


Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University seeks applicants for a non-tenure track, full-time position of Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics, effective August 2021.


Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Schmid College of Science and Technology. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty.


Schmid College of Science and Technology (SCST) embodies Chapman’s mission of providing students with personalized educational experiences by fostering an outstanding community of teacher-scholars across a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Schmid College has a new 140,000 ft2 home, the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, alongside the newly founded Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. More information about the Schmid College of Science and Technology is available at http://www.chapman.edu/science.


The Physics program prides itself on personalized education, small class sizes, innovative curriculum and teaching methods, and direct student-faculty mentorship. Instructional faculty play a critical role in the program for teaching, pedagogy, advising, and service, have the opportunity for promotion to associate and full instructional professor, and have full voting power at both the program and college levels. Instructional faculty join a vibrant and growing teaching community integrated with strong research programs that benefit from close collaboration with several internationally recognized research institutes at Chapman, including the Institute for Quantum Studies, founded by the National Medal of Science winner Prof. Yakir Aharonov (http://quantum.chapman.edu), and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences recently founded and directed by Prof. Amir Raz.


The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at https://www.chapman.edu/diversity.




Requirements include a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.


The ideal candidate will have broad training in physics, and have experience with both designing and teaching introductory physics courses and laboratories using evidence-based instructional approaches. The ideal candidate will show the ability to teach fundamental physical concepts to a broad audience with diverse prior backgrounds, and demonstrate the ability to inspire scientific curiosity. The ideal candidate will have interest in student mentorship, building student community, and assisting with student outreach. Finally, the ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication





The successful candidate will teach lectures and laboratory sections in the introductory physics sequences for the life sciences, with a focus on the PHYS 107/108/207 sequence taken primarily by majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, health sciences, and biophysics. The successful candidate will help develop and improve the introductory curriculum in close collaboration with physics faculty, while coordinating with faculty from biology, chemistry, and the health sciences. The successful candidate will also help coordinate laboratories for this introductory sequence. In this role, the candidate will help assess the laboratory curriculum, modify and develop new labs as appropriate, and coordinate part-time instructors. The successful candidate will also be an active participant in program activities and engage with the vibrant community of physics faculty and students.


Contact Information


Qualified candidates should submit the following:


• Cover letter that clearly articulates how the candidate envisions contributing to the research, educational, and diversity & inclusion missions of Chapman University.

• Curriculum vitae

• Teaching philosophy statement

• Completed faculty employment application

• Three or more letters of recommendation


c/o: Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18156


Application review will begin May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Matthew Leifer, Search Chair, at SchmidCollege@chapman.edu. Please use “Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics" as the email subject line.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. This position is subject to final budget approval.

Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.


Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

FT/NTT 12-Month Director, Teach for Utah, University of Utah


Proposed Faculty RankCareer-line: Professor (Clinical), Associate Professor (Clinical) or Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Department00161 - College of Education-Dean
CitySalt Lake City, UT
TrackNon Tenure Track
New Position to BeginMay 01, 2021

The University of Utah’s Institute for Teacher Education in the College of Education seeks an experienced individual with a relevant background in STEM Education research and teaching to serve as the Teach for Utah Director.

Teach for Utah is a scholarship initiative for preservice teacher education designed to recruit and retain teachers in STEM areas. Collaboration is a critical component of this work with the College of Education, for units across campus, and the community and with stakeholders from across the state of Utah.

The College of Education is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

This is a 12 month, full time career-line (non-tenure track) position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Manage and implement all aspects of the Teach for Utah project including recruiting, supervision and mentoring of Teach for Utah students at the University of Utah
• Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students within the College of Education, Colleges across campus, Utah State Board of Education and other participating entities
• Build and nurture sustained partnerships with school districts to develop a robust and sustained recruiting plan, employment possibilities, and mentoring relationships
• Develop and implement a cohort model for students as they matriculate to the University of Utah
• Create a communication mechanism for supporting junior and high school students as part of a pre-campus cohort
• Create a pipeline cohort for students at Salt Lake Community College seeking STEM teaching degrees
• Work with UITE evaluation team for data collection on program impact and participant satisfaction

Minimum Qualifications
• Five or more years of experience working in or with public or private K-12 settings (e.g., teaching, instructional coach, leadership, professional development)
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and an understanding of unique equity-related challenges in STEM education
• Doctoral degree in a STEM field, STEM education, or Learning Sciences; or Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of equivalent administrative experience
• Demonstrated experience managing or leading STEM projects and/or STEM grants
• Strong working knowledge of national trends and best practices in STEM education and a demonstrated ability to apply STEM education research to support best-practices in the classroom
• Demonstrated success leading STEM-related professional development and outreach to K-12 educators and/or students
• Curriculum development experience
• Demonstrated experience, flexibility, and outstanding skills in working collaboratively
• Excellent written, oral communication and analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications
• Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a STEM field or STEM K-12 education
• Demonstrated ability to work with Utah school districts, higher education units across the state of Utah, and Utah community partners

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates
Open Date02/12/2021
Close Date
Open Until FilledYes
Requisition NumberPRN00650CF

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. List of References
    4. Commitment Statement - Explain how you will further the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment.
    Optional Documents
    1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
    2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission