Friday, May 21, 2021

Part-Time Fixed Term Physics Lab Academic Specialist, Michigan State

 Job title

Academic Specialist in Physics (Fixed-term)

Job description

Michigan State University invites applications for a fixed-term, part-time, one-year Physics Lab Academic Specialist position in Lyman Briggs College (LBC), an undergraduate science and liberal arts community (

The candidate will teach 2 sections of Lyman Briggs Physics 1 (LB 273) during the Fall 2021 semester and 1 section of Lyman Briggs Physics 2 (LB274) during the Spring 2022 semester, which is a calculus-based physics course sequence for science majors in the Lyman Briggs College

 Both physics classes are done IN PERSON in a studio style, meaning lecture and lab are combined into one 4-credit hour course per section. Course times for the two sections in Fall 2021 are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:10am-12:00pm and 3:00-4:50pm. Course times for the one section in the Spring 2022 semester are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:20am - 12:10pm.

 The physics sequence blends mechanics and thermodynamics (physics 1), electricity, magnetism, and optics (physics 2) content with computational activities, biological applications, and considerations of physics, race and gender.

 The candidate will implement the BLiSS Physics curriculum in coordination with a team of 2 additional faculty members and an instructional team of two graduate teaching assistants and several undergraduate learning assistants.

Required qualifications

Candidates must have a PhD in physics, astronomy, physics education, or a related field.

Desired qualifications

     Previous experience in undergraduate-focused teaching

     Experience working on teaching teams and with modeling curriculum or other current research-based teaching pedagogies

     Interest in contributing to continued development of curricular materials

     Desire to be mentored into dynamic group-based teaching techniques

Required application materials

Curriculum vitae and names and email addresses of three professional references.

Instructions to applicant

All applications must be submitted through the Michigan State University application system at

Review of applications will start June 1, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.

LBC is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that excellence and diversity are achieved through shared trust and respect, open access, and proactive inclusion.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Monday, May 10, 2021

FT Visiting Lecturer(s), Georgia State

Full-time Visiting Lecturer Positions at Georgia State University

 Georgia State University Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks to fill one or two limited-term, full-time, non-tenure track positions to teach introductory physics courses beginning Fall 2021.  The initial appointment is for one year but may be renewed for one additional year.  A Ph.D. in Physics or related discipline is required by August 2021. The department seeks individuals with a commitment to quality undergraduate education and effective teaching. Preference will be given to those with appropriate teaching experience and knowledge of best practices in physics education.  To apply please send 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 3) a statement of experience and commitment to teaching a diverse student body effectively, including fostering diversity and inclusion, and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted in a single PDF file via email to the search committee chair, Dr. Brian Thoms, at  Position will remain open until filled.  Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, is a majority-minority institution serving a very diverse student body. The Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from individuals in under-represented groups. An offer of employment is conditional upon background verification. Georgia State University is an AA/EEO institution.

FT Physics Instruction Academic Professional, Georgia State

 NTT Faculty (Academic Professional) in Physics Instruction, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University (GSU) seeks to hire an Academic Professional in support of its undergraduate and graduate physics instruction programs. This is a non-tenure track (NTT), full-time faculty position with opportunity for promotion. Primary duties include 1) curriculum development of physics labs, 2) training and support of graduate student lab instructors, 3) management and development of instructional facilities and equipment and 4) some classroom teaching.  Additional duties may include public outreach and/or science teacher education. A Ph.D. in Physics, Science Education, or closely related field is required.

An ideal applicant will have experience teaching physics at the introductory college level and will be familiar with active-learning methods in physics and the design of hands-on instructional activities. Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Georgia State University is a large, urban research university in downtown Atlanta and an official minority-serving institution. GSU and the department of Physics and Astronomy are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and providing a supportive atmosphere. We encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. The College of Arts & Sciences supports faculty professional success through mentoring programs and representation of faculty from all ranks in college-level program development. GSU is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Applications should include 1) a curriculum vitae with a publication list, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 3) a statement of experience and commitment to teaching a diverse student body effectively, including fostering diversity and inclusion, and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted in a single PDF file via email to the search committee chair, Dr. Brian Thoms, at

Applications will be reviewed beginning June 1, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or based on disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

One-Course VAP, Wesleyan University CT

 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Wesleyan University


Wesleyan University’s Department of Physics invites applications for a one-course Visiting Assistant Professor beginning September 2021 for the fall term. A background in physics education research or experience with innovative teaching methods will be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of a modern physics course in two half-credit units: Special Relativity, followed by Introduction to Contemporary Physics. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics.


A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae containing a summary of teaching experience, and a brief statement of teaching interests. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or under-served groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation.


Applications completed by May 25, 2021 will receive full consideration.


Please contact Dana Gordon-Gannuscio at email if you have questions about the application process. Visa sponsorship is not normally available.


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Sunday, May 2, 2021

PER Postdoc on Gender and LGBT Issues in Physics, University of Utah

 PER Postdoc on Gender and LGBT Issues in Physics

 The Physics Education Research Group at the University of Utah (PERU) seeks to hire a post-doctoral scholar studying the professional networks of women and gender and sexual minority physicists (LGBT) working across academia, the government, and private sectors. This work will include conducting interviews, policy analysis, and further qualitative work at the University of Utah. This position is a one-year contract with an additional two-year renewal depending on performance. Further renewals will be dependent on performance and funding. The position is open until filled with a preferred start date of September 1st. The successful candidate will work in person at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. This position is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. A PhD in Physics Education Research or a related/relevant field (e.g. Higher Education, Science Education, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Sociology, etc…) is required.

 This is a collaborative project with Western Michigan University (Dr. Charles Henderson), Wright State University (Dr. Adrienne Traxler), and The University of Utah (Dr. Ramón Barthelemy) .

 Total Compensation: $57,100 ($50,000 salary and $7,100 into retirement) and healthcare

Annual Raise: Based on performance, up to 5%

Conference: Paid expenses to annual Physics Education Research conference

 Required Skills:

-Can independently lead research

-Strong interpersonal skills

-Strong writing skills as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications or drafts

-Desire to learn grant writing, presentation design/style

-Strong research ethics and dedication to high quality work and analysis

-Attention to detail

-Autonomous, goal driven, and meets deadlines

 Preferred Skills:

            -Qualitative interviewing and coding skills

            -Previous work with LGBT community

            -Previous work in Social Network Analysis

            -Successful grant writing

            -Experience presenting at national conferences and universities

            -Peer-reviewed publications

 If you are interested in applying, send your letter of interest specifying your relevant skills, vita, list of publications and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the email address listed here. For information about the research group (PERU), please go to or contact Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to:

 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.