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From: "Wallace, Colin Scott" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PER/AER faculty job at UNC-Chapel Hill
Date: November 3, 2016 at 7:48:33 PM EDT

Dear Colleagues,

The physics and astronomy department at UNC-Chapel Hill is searching for a new faculty member in physics and/or astronomy education research.  The position is for a lecturer, which is the same title I hold.  While it is not technically a tenure-track position, we are definitely looking to hire someone for the long term.  I’ve been at UNC for 3 years now and it is a fantastic place to live and work.  This hire would join a group of 3 other PER/AER faculty who are doing a lot of work in intro physics for the life sciences, intro physics for the physical sciences, and intro astronomy.  I’ve posted the job ad below.

I’d be happy to answer questions about the job, the university, and the Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.  Please pass this along to any qualified applicants.



The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Lecturer to begin in Fall 2017.  The position is for an initial term of three (3) years, and is renewable upon review.  We seek a dynamic person who is prepared to redesign and teach undergraduate physics and/or astronomy courses, primarily at the introductory level in a large-enrollment setting, using pedagogy informed by physics and astronomy education research.  The successful candidate will also be expected to serve as a course coordinator to manage a team of faculty and TAs for one of the introductory courses, join other faculty members in the department engaged in similar efforts, and participate in obtaining grant support for curricular and pedagogical improvements.  Required qualifications include a PhD in Physics or closely related field, a background in PER, and experience in teaching at the college level using research-validated pedagogy.

Applicants should submit their application materials at  The materials to be submitted include a CV (including courses taught), a statement describing his/her teaching philosophy, and any available evidence of teaching effectiveness.  The candidate should also provide a statement describing how s/he would go about fully incorporating modern research-validated pedagogy into a specific physics or astronomy course of the candidate’s choice.  The candidate should further provide contact information for three persons prepared to write letters of recommendation (at least one of which must address the candidate's potential as a teacher).  Full consideration will be given to applications received on or before January 17, 2017.  Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Alice Churukian, Search Committee Chair, at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.  The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and especially invites applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in physics and astronomy.

Colin S. Wallace
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phillips Hall, CB #3255
Room 162
120 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255
(919) 962-7160
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