Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Expert

Posted: June 10, 2016
Status: Closed

Job Title: STEM Teaching and Learning Expert

Start Date: August 8, 2016

Supervisor: Andrea Greenhoot, Director and Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence, Kansas University

Working location: Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Overview

The STEM Teaching and Learning Expert in Physics will be hired as part of a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows program coordinated at the University of Kansas but will work onsite with faculty members in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The STEM Teaching and Learning Experts (STLEs) are key contributors to a Course Transformation Initiative that is being implemented at a network of seven American and Canadian research universities, led by the University of Kansas (the TRESTLE network), and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The STLE will implement interventions in the department to improve teaching and student learning in large introductory courses and upper year courses in physics, and will evaluate the efficacy of those mechanisms in enhancing both faculty teaching practices and student understanding. The STLE will join a community of STLEs and faculty leaders in the TRESTLE network to develop expertise in evidence-based STEM pedagogy and assessment, and will collaborate with faculty in Physics at Queens University in the development and delivery of effective instructional approaches and associated materials, and measuring the effects of these teaching interventions on student learning. The emphasis will be on laboratory environments, and teaching innovations may involve using online resources to cover course material prior to laboratory sessions and encouraging development of investigative skills in laboratories. The STLE and faculty members who normally teach the course share teaching and course redesign responsibilities. The STLE program is intended for individuals planning for a career in a teaching-focused position or at a primarily undergraduate post-secondary institution, or for those who wish to develop expertise in discipline-based educational research and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning. The position is for 3 three years total, contingent on satisfactory job performance and will be handled as three 1-year contracts.

Responsibilities

  • Develop educational materials to improve student learning and tools to demonstrate student achievement of learning outcomes in laboratory courses (35%)
  • Enhance online course resources outside of class time and develop active learning activities to maximize concept mastery during face-to-face class and laboratory time as appropriate (20%)
  • Partner with regular faculty members to teach and implement mechanisms for improving student learning and engagement in laboratory courses (15%)
  • Engage in opportunities presented by the on-campus Course Transformation Initiative and TRESTLE cross-institutional network to enhance knowledge of best-practices and collaborate with similar initiatives in other departments on campus and at other universities (10%)
  • Contribute to the regular progress reports written for the course transformation initiative and TRESTLE network leaders (and shared with the departments) (10%)
  • Work collaboratively with others to measure the effects of these teaching interventions on student learning and faculty attitudes and teaching practices (5%)
  • Perform other related duties as required of this position (5%)

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through:
(1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application
(2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV
(3) information provided from professional references

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Physics by the date of the appointment with strong background in experimental physics.
  2. Demonstrated experience in course design and development.
  3. Interest in pedagogical design and improvement in course teaching.
  4. Teaching experience at a university/college setting.
  5. Willingness to work at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and be located there, as indicated in the letter of application.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with development of innovations that enhance student learning.
  2. Experience with implementing mechanisms for improving student learning and engagement in large introductory courses.
  3. Experience with pedagogical design and improvement in course teaching.

For more information about the position, or to apply, please contact Stephanie Becker, at sdbecker@ku.edu. Applicants should send a cover letter and CV that address the requirements for the position. Review of applications will begin on June 27, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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The Department thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.