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Western Washington University

Western Washington University seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position, with specialization in physics and/or astronomy education research. This is a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) program starting September 2018. 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 record of high quality scholarship and commitment to developing and maintaining a strong program of scholarship in physics or astronomy education. Successful applicants will be expected to actively involve undergraduate research assistants and to apply for external funding to support ongoing projects. Post-doctoral research experience and current engagement in Physics/Astronomy Education Research and/or Science Education research are strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate potential for active collaborations with other WWU faculty.

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 Physics/Astronomy 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 including plans for how undergraduate research assistants will be involved, 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 Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists. Direct inquiries to Dr. Andrew Boudreaux ( Review of applications begins October 20, 2017; 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.

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