Assistant Professor - Physics Education Research
Job no: 498062
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Natural Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
The faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science, at San José State University is a team of dedicated teacher-scholars recognized for our commitment to excellent teaching, to engaging students in research projects, and to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in Physics and in STEM disciplines more broadly. We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Physics Education Research (PER) or Astronomy Education Research (AER).
A doctoral degree in Physics, Astronomy, Science Education, or closely-related discipline is required. Candidates should have research experience relating to physics education research or astronomy education research. They must demonstrate the potential for meaningful engagement of undergraduate and Masters students in their proposed research. They also should be familiar with a variety of contemporary, research-based teaching practices techniques, and emerging technologies for instruction.
Applicants should demonstrate that they are prepared for and enthusiastic about teaching physics and/or astronomy classes at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, including general education courses, physics majors’ courses, and/or lower-division physics.
Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other
Candidates who have an interest in upper-division PER and/or educational technologies - especially those applicable to online/remote teaching and learning - are particularly encouraged to apply. We highly value experience with and commitment to service in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in physics and/or STEM in general. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who have a record of such activities, whether or not this service was formally required by previous positions.
The successful candidate will teach physics and/or astronomy courses at the undergraduate and/or Master’s level. She or he will develop a research program in physics education research or astronomy education research, mentor undergraduate and MS students in research, and seek external funds to carry out research. The candidate will participate in shared governance of the University, usually on department, college, and university committees, and other service assignments. The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
Salary Range - To commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date - August 2021
Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents for full consideration by January 8, 2021:
- Letter of application
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two-page statement of teaching interests, experience, and/or philosophy,
- Two-page statement describing plans to meaningfully engage undergraduate and MS students in research
- Two-page statement of experience with and/or future plans to promote equity, inclusion, or diversity in physics and/or STEM
- The names and contact information of three references
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San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.
Equal Employment Statement
San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Advertised: November 03, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time