Radford University invites applications for a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Physics with an ideal start date of July 15th, 2018. This position is part of Radford University's REALising Inclusive Science Excellence (REALISE), a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funded initiative.
Project: The overall goal of REALISE is to create an environment in Radford's Physics, Biology, and Chemistry departments that is student-ready, welcoming and inclusive by embedding Maker projects into the curricula. REALISE will capitalize on Radford University's nascent Maker movement which encourages individuals to collaborate, experiment, innovate and create solutions to real-world problems. The principles of Making share a great deal with the practice of science, including a willingness to experiment and invent, an investigative mindset, and the need for collaboration. One example of a recent maker project in the Department of Physics is the Arctic Geophysics research class. In this class, students and faculty build sensor platforms to measure properties of arctic sea ice that they themselves deploy in Alaska. REALISE provides support for faculty and students as they become Makers. Faculty development will promote best practices for inclusive pedagogy. A student peer role-modeling program, led by students who have already established themselves as Makers, will help students develop a maker mindset.
Position: The position will include full-time teaching responsibilities in general physics within the Department of Physics at Radford University. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in faculty learning communities, entry-level course redesign, assessment of the REALISE project, and mentoring student peer role models. The work will be supervised most directly by Dr. Rhett Herman but will include close interactions with the Dean of the Artis College of Science and Technology, Dr. Orion Rogers, and other faculty and students from the Departments of Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.
Qualifications/Requirement: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest in undergraduate STEM education as demonstrated by participation in professional development programs focused on teaching, experience with outreach and physics education research, and authoring publications focused on undergraduate education. The successful candidate will be able to offer ideas for developing hands-on classroom activities and explain how these activities foster a more inclusive classroom environment. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Benefits and Opportunities: This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Ph.D. with career interests in science education. The postdoctoral fellow will receive training and mentorship to develop the skills necessary to become an effective educator and a leader of STEM education reform. The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty to create an inclusive learning environment by embedding hands-on projects into the curriculum that excite students and faculty, and foster innovation and creativity. This is also an excellent opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to strengthen their investigative and scientific skills by cultivating their own maker mindset.
Application: To apply please submit an application including cover letter, CV, a statement of research and career interests, teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Additional materials may be requested at a later time. Review of applications will begin December 18, 2017 and continue until filled.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience, and includes Radford University's competitive benefit package. The candidate will initially be hired for one year, with annual extensions possible contingent on performance.
Located in beautiful southwestern Virginia, Radford University is a comprehensive, midsize student-focused public university that offers its more than 9,400 students a diversity of outstanding academic programs. Renowned for teaching excellence and a focus on strong faculty/student bonds, the innovative use of technology in the learning environment, and a vibrant student life on a beautiful campus..., Radford University offers many opportunities to engage both faculty and students in teaching, research and public service as scholars and citizens. We seek new colleagues with a passion for student success and willingness to contribute to our collegial intellectual community. More information can be found at http://www.radford.edu.
The Department of Physics is composed of 7 faculty members and averages 9 graduates per year. More information about the Department can be found at http://www.radford.edu/physics/.