NTT Assistant Professor - Physics Education Specialist, James Madison University VA


Position Details

Position Information
Working TitleAssistant Professor - Physics Education Specialist
Position Number8107
Posting NumberF1226
Position TypeInstructional Faculty - Full Time
Position StatusFull Time
College/DivisionCollege of Science and Mathematics
Department100032 - Physics Department
Pay RateCommensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
Is this a JMU only position?No
Is this a grant-funded position?No
Position Summary Information
About James Madison University
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.
Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia�s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.
General Information
The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a renewable-term, physics education specialist at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2019.
Our department is interested in candidates who are committed toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active and student-centered program. The department has 21 full-time faculty members and approximately 110 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. Additional information is available online at http:///
Duties and Responsibilities
The physics education specialist will work with the JMU Science and Mathematics Learning Center and others on campus to improve student success and retention in our introductory courses.
Candidates must have relevant experience in physics education, and a commitment to improving student success for a diverse population of students. A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is preferred. The ability to work with our existing efforts to increase the production of secondary level physics teachers and the ability to develop scholarly research questions based on student success in physics will also be considered as positive factors.
Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Date10/19/2018
Beginning Review Date12/01/2018
Closing Date
Open Until FilledYes
Proposed Starting Date08/25/2019
EEO Statement
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.
We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.
Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
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If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.
Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
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The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.
The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically
You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
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Additional Posting Information
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018. To apply, visit or go to and reference posting number F1226. Candidates will complete the application and include a cover letter, current CV, and statement of teaching philosophy which includes your vision of how to improve student success in physics.
JMU�s Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
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    FT Lecturer, Saginaw Valley State University, MI   

    Position Information
    Job TitleLecturer, Physics  
    Division/CollegeAcademic Affairs/College of Science, Engineering & Technology  
    Employee GroupFaculty  
    Employee StatusFull Time  
    Work Schedule 
    Job SummaryJOB SUMMARY:

    The Physics Department at Saginaw Valley State University invites applications for a Lecturer of Physics position starting Fall of 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory freshman and sophomore courses and laboratory courses in physics as well as general education courses such as astronomy, meteorology and geology. The teaching responsibilities will total approximately 12 contact hours per semester. The successful candidate will also be expected to perform departmental service. A strong preference will be shown for candidates with college level teaching experience and with demonstrated ability to teach general education courses in astronomy and/or meteorology and/or geology.  
    Minimum QualificationsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    Candidates for this position must have a master's degree in Physics or a closely related field.  
    Preferred QualificationsPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    College level teaching experience and demonstrated ability to teach general education courses in astronomy and/or meteorology and/or geology.  
    Additional Information:Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  
    Required DocumentsCover Letter
    Curriculum Vitae  
    Special Instructions to ApplicantsUnofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

    Applicants MUST apply online:

    Please include the following:

    Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)  
    Date Posted:11-08-2018  
    Posting Ends:Open Until Filled
    Quicklink for  
    About SVSUSaginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its nearly 9,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized SVSU as a "Great College to Work For" in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.

    SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students' performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels.

    More than 70 percent of SVSU freshmen live on campus in student housing. SVSU fields 17 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level. The average class size is 23 students. For more information, please visit our website,  

    T/TT in PER, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    The Department of Physics invites applicants for a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Physics Education Research, beginning as early as August 16, 2019. The PER group at the University of Illinois Department benefits from its full integration in the physics department, and the ability to work with outstanding students at all levels. The successful candidate is expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, have a strong record of publication, and to lead a vigorous research program at the cutting edge of the field. Ideal candidates include those who demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors. For full consideration, application materials must be received by November 25, 2018. Please visit to view the complete position announcement and application instructions. 

    The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

    NTT Assistant Teaching Professor, Georgetown University, DC

    Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Physics, Georgetown University

    The Department of Physics at Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-line renewable faculty appointment beginning Fall 2019. Responsibilities include teaching, physics education research (PER), and curriculum development and assessment in support of pedagogical initiatives in the department.

    Georgetown Physics has been an early implementer of many PER methods, including Tutorials in Introductory Physics. Current projects include development of innovative courses for non-science students, integration of computation into the physics curriculum, and novel use of technology in the classroom.

    Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in teaching with evidence of teaching effectiveness, in physics education research, and in engaging students of diverse backgrounds. The Department of Physics is committed to creating an inclusive environment for learning and research, and it welcomes applicants who will contribute to this goal.

    A complete application includes a cover letter summarizing the candidate�s training, professional experiences, and career goals as they pertain to this position, a CV, a statement describing commitment to innovative teaching practices, a statement of physics education research plans, a statement describing activities and goals for diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.  Applications must be submitted via AcademicJobsOnline, Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

    Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.

    Academic Administrator, Office of Instructional Development, UCLA

    UCLA's Office of Instructional Development will be hiring an Academic Administrator to orchestrate the assessment and potential revision of courses satisfying the GE Foundations of Scientific Inquiry requirement. This will be an interesting project at the interface between the sciences, pedagogy, and assessment. We are seeking someone ideally with a science background, university teaching experience, pedagogy or assessment knowledge, and a PhD in either a science or education field. The posting is described in more detail below. Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday Nov. 2. 

    JPF04092 � Academic Administrator for Curricular Review and Revision, Center for
    Educational Assessment, Office of Instructional Development � 2018 � 2019

    Recruitment description
    Under the supervision of the Faculty Director for the Office of Instructional Development, the
    Academic Administrator will be responsible for the development and management of projects involving curricular revision and assessment. The first planned project is a thorough examination of UCLA�s General Education (GE) curriculum in the area of Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. The Academic Administrator will provide detailed analysis of existing instruments used to assess the success of GE courses, and develop new tools for such assessment. The Academic Administrator will conduct research on overall GE impact, review current course offerings, review literature on GE objectives and assessment, assist with revising existing courses, examine alignment between GE courses and GE student learning outcomes, and assist with coordinating a re-certification process. The incumbent may also teach in the Division of Life and Physical Sciences, time permitting. The Academic Administrator will also develop workshops for faculty related to GE course review and development. Authorship in his/her field is encouraged, time permitting, including preparing publications for conferences and peer-reviewed journals and assisting faculty with grant writing in support of new curricular programs as appropriate.

    The successful candidate must have an advanced degree (Ph.D. in a science field preferred); knowledge of undergraduate curriculum assessment and reform; experience working with academic policy and shared governance at a large public research university; skills in information retrieval and data management; demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to interact effectively in programs and activities involving faculty, staff, and students; consensus building activity; interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons of differing social, educational, economic and cultural backgrounds; a track record of innovation in a science oriented curriculum; the ability to be flexible and pay attention to detail while keeping in mind the overall mission of OID. Desirable qualities include knowledge of UCLA processes and procedures; broad familiarity with existing curricula, programs and services for UCLA undergraduates; and experience with teaching undergraduate students.

    The Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) provides evaluation and assessment services for academic and research needs. The Office of Instructional Development (OID) is part of the Division of Undergraduate Education and fosters effective teaching, grounded in sound pedagogy and enhanced by innovation, to promote successful learning for our diverse UCLA student population.

    Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position salary range is $60,304 to $75,927/year.

    Position remains open until filled. This is a full-time (100% time) position, with a projected November 2018 start date.

    By November 2, 2018, interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter of application that specifically addresses the position's responsibilities and the required/preferred qualifications stated above, a current CV, a statement of experience in teaching, research and contributions to diversity, and the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references, through the UCLA Academic Recruit portal:

    Applicants may upload the reference letters directly to the job application in the UCLA Academic Recruit system, or may provide the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of the references; the UCLA Academic Recruit system will send emails to individual�s whose contact information was provided, requesting submission of the reference letter for the applicant. Regardless of the reference submission method used, all three letters of reference must be received by the closing date for the application to be considered complete.

    We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

    Information about the Office of Instructional Development may be viewed at:

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    PER/AER/STEM Education Research Postdoc, Texas State

    Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics/Astronomy/STEM Education Research at Texas State University

    Summary of the position
    We are offering a postdoctoral-level research position in physics/astronomy/STEM education research in the Department of Physics at Texas State University. The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Alice Olmstead on mutually agreed-upon work related to supporting sustained improvements in undergraduate STEM education and/or developing instructional innovations that highlight social justice issues. An interested candidate would be expected to work on at least one (but not all) of the following new projects: (1) identifying teams of STEM faculty and other stakeholders who are working together to address issues of equity and inclusion in their departments or institutions, and investigating what enables this work to be productive; (2) facilitating virtual conversations among physics and/or astronomy instructors who are trying out ways to engage students in reasoning about the relationship between science and society, and researching what unique opportunities and challenges this community of instructors might face; and/or (3) locally developing and piloting curriculum and pedagogy that could engage students in reasoning about the relationship between science and society, and researching the results. This position is part of a startup package and not affiliated with a specific grant.

    Job description
    The salary for this position is $50,000/year plus benefits. The initial contract is for one year, renewable for a second year. The selected candidate would be expected to engage in research activities such as: collecting and analyzing video data; conducting and analyzing interviews; identifying and recruiting study participants; preparing documents for human subjects institutional review board feedback; reviewing relevant literature; and disseminating results through written publications and conference presentations. The selected candidate may have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students in research, depending on the interests and expertise of those involved. The selected candidate will also be expected to participate in grant proposal preparation activities related to their research topic.

    The Physics department at Texas State University is home to a large physics education research group and a thriving undergraduate Learning Assistant program. The research group currently includes four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, two lecturers, a postdoctoral researcher, two Masters students, and multiple undergraduate students. The selected candidate would have regular opportunities to interact with this group and learn about other projects.

    Minimum qualifications:
    -        Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Science Education, or another STEM and/or education-related field
    -        Demonstrated commitment to improving equity and inclusion in STEM
    -        Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    -        Enthusiastic and motivated learner

    Desirable qualifications:
    -        Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in research-based instructional strategies for undergraduate STEM
    -        A history of engaging in conversations about equity, ideally within scientific communities
    -        Experience developing, implementing, and/or assessing the impact of curricular materials
    -        Experience mentoring students in research

    -        Expertise in physical sciences (e.g., astronomy, physics, or a related field)
    -        Experience using qualitative research methods (e.g., conducting and analyzing interviews, analyzing video data)
    -        Knowledge of literature about faculty instructional change and/or organizational change
    -        Knowledge of critical theory and/or other theoretical perspectives that are well-suited for approaching questions related to equity in STEM

    Application process
    Review of applications will begin on November 20 and continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, preferably between the start of Spring 2019 and the end of Summer 2019. We are willing to explore the possibility of remote work arrangements for a candidate who meets most of all of the required and desirable qualifications, however, we cannot guarantee that this is an option and strong justification would be required. Interested candidates should submit a 1-2 page cover letter and a CV to Dr. Alice Olmstead at The cover letter should explain the candidate�s interest in the position, including which of the projects listed above they would like to pursue, and why they are a good fit for this position (based on alignment with the required qualifications and at least a subset of the desirable qualifications). The cover letter should specify a preferred state date and, if the candidate has not yet received their PhD, when they expect to receive it. If the candidate is requesting a remote work arrangement, this should also be specified in the letter. The CV should include a list of publications, professional development or leadership experiences, and contact information for three professional references. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation.

    Associate Director for the Education & Diversity Department, APS [based in College Park MD]

    The American Physical Society (APS), a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics, seeks an Associate Director for the Education & Diversity Department. This position is based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD (near DC Metro Green Line). The Associate Director works with the Director to lead a portfolio of programs, develop and execute department strategy, and coach staff on program leadership skills. In addition, the Associate Director represents the department and deputizes for the Director as needed.

    Essential Functions:

    Leads a portfolio of programs

    Under the supervision of the Director and in collaboration with program staff, provides strategic direction and support to program teams to deliver high-value outcomes.
    Cultivates and engages external collaborators to advance program objectives.
    Works in partnership with staff to assess program outcomes and provides strategic guidance to improve programs.
    Oversees program budgets and guides staff in budget development to ensure activities are appropriately resourced.
    Generates external funding through grant writing and collaboration with Development.
    Develops and executes department strategy

    Partners with the Director, Senior Advisor, and program staff to translate the APS strategic plan into program-specific goals and operational plans and ensures successful implementation of those plans.
    Provides thought leadership within the department leadership team, including the Director and Senior Advisor, and explores ideas in a safe, collaborative manner.
    Stays abreast of trends and liaises with community stakeholders to understand challenges, opportunities, and best practices.
    Coaches staff on program leadership skills

    Proactively identifies growth areas and coaches staff to develop skills and knowledge needed to be effective as program leaders.
    Fosters collaboration among department programs.
    Represents the department

    Partners with the Director and Senior Advisor to actively engage department committees and advance their work.
    Deputizes for the Director as needed.
    Other duties as assigned



    Master�s Degree or higher (Ph.D. preferred) in a relevant field including physical sciences, science education, or another related field.

    10+ years of experience in leading innovative programs with demonstrated success in a not-for-profit or academic environment.
    Supervisory experience required.
    Experience with proposal writing and federal grant management is preferred.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, with skills in strategic planning.
    Demonstrable skills in program leadership, including program design, stakeholder engagement, program assessment, project management, and budgetary management.
    Demonstrable skills in working effectively and collaboratively with staff, volunteer leaders, and other stakeholders in not-for-profit and academic institutions.
    Knowledge of education and diversity issues, as well as inclusion and accessibility.
    Ability to inspire staff and build a culture of innovation, teamwork, and accountability.
    Familiarity with the principles of mentoring, demonstrable skills in coaching staff.
    Customer service orientation, including ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
    Flexible, proactive, able to handle several complex projects simultaneously.
    Strong written and oral communication skills, including abilities to engage and influence.
    Must be able to travel.
    To apply, send cover letter, including salary requirement, and resume to the attention of Human Resources via e-mail:

    About APS
    The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

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    APS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

    EOE M/F/D/V

    NTT Assistant Professor - Physics Education Specialist, James Madison University VA

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