Assistant Professor of Physics and Math Education Research

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Assistant Professor of Physics and Math Education Research - California Northstate University College of Health Sciences (CHS), Rancho Cordova, California, USA



Job Title:  Assistant Professor of Physics and Math




Job Classification: Full-time, 12 Month, Exempt




        Rank and Salary:   Based on educational credentials and previous academic experience




Closing Date:  Position open until filled

Review of Applications:  Reviewed upon receipt; for best consideration apply before May 1st, 2018
Anticipated Start Date:  August 1st, 2018

Supervisor: Faculty in the Department of Science and Mathematics report directly to the Department Chair of Science and Math or the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Description of California Northstate University College of Health Sciences:  The WASC-approved undergraduate CNU College of Health Science (CNUCHS) is located at 2910 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.  CNUCHS offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree with a concentration in human biology, in addition to accelerated undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs for pre-medical and pre-pharmacy students. The CNUCHS curriculum is designed to provide excellent academic preparation for careers in the biomedical professions. California Northstate University (CNU) is a private university with main campus located in Elk Grove, California, approximately 15 miles south of Sacramento. CNU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Elk Grove facility currently houses the College of Pharmacy and the LCME-accredited College of Medicine.  

Courses of Primary Teaching Responsibility:

  • Physics I and II with Lab
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Differential and Integral Calculus
  • Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Additional Teaching Opportunities May Include:

  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • Biochemistry

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan courses and prepare syllabi for approval by the Curriculum Committee
  • Maintain good working relationships with the Dean, Sr. Assoc. Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Chair, administrative staff, and colleagues in the College of Health Sciences
  • Make effective use of appropriate technology, learning software, and the learning management system in course delivery
  • Develop an effective teaching style informed by best practices in education literature
  • Perform data collection to monitor program and general education learning outcomes as needed to fulfill assessment requirements and to track student success
  • Create and oversee the Math placement exam and determine first-year placement in Math
  • Contribute to the development of the Math and Science Student Success Center
  • Communicate effectively with students regarding course content, assignments, and exams
  • Keep regular office hours for students; provide tutoring assistance as needed; and, perform student advising duties   
  • Keep active in academic field of specialization through professional development, scholarly research, publishing, and professional activities
  • Serve on college and university committees and engage in university and community service including development of outreach activities
  • Mentor and supervise undergraduate students in scholarly research projects 
  • Participate in college and university programs to recruit and retain students

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must hold an earned doctorate (PhD) in Physics or related field (Math, Biophysics, Chemistry ) with coursework and research training in science education, or an earned doctorate (EdD or PhD) in Science Education (or related field), with a strong background in Physics and Math. Candidates should be well versed in contemporary issues in the field of PER and associated research-based teaching practices.

Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter that addresses qualifications, experience and career goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts of all college work (unofficial copies accepted for application review; official copies required at time of hire)
  • Statement of teaching and scholarly interests
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three (3) references who can be contacted by the Search Committee and who can speak to a broad range of candidate’s professional qualifications.

Please send application materials to the HR Department by email or California Northstate University, 9700 West Taron Drive, Elk Grove, CA  95757.

For department specific inquiries, please contact us by e-mail or telephone: (916) 686-7674 and ask for Bridgette Dixon.

Please note that while the main campus for California Northstate University is located in Elk Grove, CA, this position is located at California Northstate University, College of Health Sciences, in Rancho Cordova, CA.

California Northstate University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.




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Job No: College of Health Sciences
Posted: 4/9/2018
Application Due: 6/8/2018
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