Date: Thu Aug 7 16:55:11 2008

Author: Kelly V Beck

Subject: Physics Education Specialist job


Hi Everybody,

The Stanford Physics Department is posting a job for Physics Education
Specialist. If you have PER grad students, faculty, lecturers, etc. in your
department , could you also share this with them? Thanks!

The job posting can be found at
The job number is 31445.

Also the job description is below.


The Physics Department in the School of Humanities & Sciences seeks
applicants for the position of Physics Education Specialist. The incumbent
in this position will be responsible for providing a wide range of
direction, support and input in developing and implementing new approaches
to introductory courses being taught in the Physics Department. This
includes collaborating with our Department Chair, other Physics faculty,
graduate teaching assistants, undergraduate students and academic staff on
the development of curriculum changes to Stanfordıs Introductory Physics lab
courses. The Education Specialist will take the lead in identifying,
developing and adapting new course and lab materials for both non-calculus-
and calculus-based course sequences. This position is central in helping to
create and facilitate the revamping, modernization, and overall
effectiveness of introductory Physics courses. The incumbent will be
responsible for analyzing, researching and designing new course-specific
lecture and lab materials (e.g., interactive lecture demonstrations,
laboratory exercises) and determine suitability for different courses. This
position requires a creative, imaginative and proactive individual with
demonstrated ability to understand the teaching context and to motivate and
support change. The candidate must be able to make independent decisions and
judgments regarding the adaptability of new tools and strategies, balancing
budget constraints with the goal of improving the teaching process. This is
a two-year, fixed-term appointment that reports directly to the Chair of

Qualifications: MS or PhD in Physics or Physics Education required.
Experience in teaching Introductory Physics at the post-secondary level
and/or secondary level preferred. The successful candidate must be creative,
organized and self motivated, with an ability to work both independently and
collaboratively. The ability to analyze teaching materials is essential, as
is the ability to exercise sound judgment and take initiative within the
context of a group effort. Excellent written and oral communication skills
and strong interpersonal skills are required, along with the ability to
manage budget and purchasing processes.

Immediate Opening - Applications are being considered now and until the
position is filled.