TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITIONS Western Washington University
Western Washington University seeks applications for two tenure-track faculty positions, each with specialization in physics and/or astronomy education research. These joint appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) program start in September 2017. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field OR in science education, with preference given to applicants with graduate-level coursework in physics, astronomy, or a related field. Candidates must have undergraduate or K12 teaching experience and demonstrated interest in working with preservice K12 teachers. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of or potential for teaching approaches informed by best practices and/or research on student learning. Effective communication skills and an ability to work effectively with diverse populations are required. Candidates must have a commitment to developing a sustainable program of scholarship in physics or astronomy education. Successful applicants will be expected to apply for external funding and to pursue on-campus research that actively involves undergraduate research assistants. Post-doctoral research experience and a record of high quality scholarship are strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate potential for active collaborations with existing faculty at WWU. Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications and describes the applicant's background and interest in joining the department and SMATE, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, including description of how the applicant’s background and experiences (academic and non-academic) have prepared them to effectively teach increasingly diverse students and work effectively with diverse colleagues, (3) a detailed research proposal with plans for involving undergrad research assistants, and (4) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Submit all application materials as a single PDF file to the WWU Electronic Application System for Employment (https://jobs.wwu.edu). Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists. Direct inquiries to Dr. Andrew Boudreaux(360) 650-3818, firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications begins November 1, 2016; positions open until filled. Western Washington University is a primarily undergraduate institution in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a B.S. degree in physics and a B.A. in math/physics education. SMATE prepares teachers in science content and methods and has an established history of leading and supporting systemic science education reform efforts in Washington State and nationally. More information can be found at http://www.wwu.edu/physics and http://www.smate.wwu.edu. WWU is an AA/EO employer.