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Astronomy Lecturer and Outreach Director - Archive

Posting: 11259
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2012-07-10

The University of Oregon Physics Department is seeking qualified applicants for a combined position as an Astronomy Lecturer/Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Director to start in summer or fall of 2012.  The successful applicant may be involved in the following activities:

  • Teaching introductory survey courses to classes of 200-250 undergraduate students.
  • Supervising physics major undergraduate research projects that use the wide field CCD camera on the Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) 32-inch telescope 25 miles SE of Bend, Oregon.
  • Coordinating the Summer Season PMO visitors program delivered via trained volunteer amateur astronomers.
  • Leading the Summer Undergraduate Research Camp, which typically brings 10-20 undergraduates with a variety of telescopes for one week at PMO.
  • Directing and continuing development of a K-12 program for about 200 classroom visits made throughout the school year by trained amateurs and/or UO undergraduate students.
  • Delivering, in collaboration with the science education department at Pacific University located in Forest Grove, OR, a continuing series of K-12 science teacher professional development workshops to increase core content knowledge in Earth and Space Sciences, as well as developing curriculum units for teachers’ classrooms.

The minimum teaching expectation is 4 classes per academic year (three terms on a quarter system); the remaining balance of time is allocated to EPO activities.  The applicant will have PI status and is expected to successfully seek grants to support EPO and K12 professional development activities.  Additional summer term salary can be supported through these efforts.  The initial appointment will be for a period of 3 years and, pending satisfactory performance, is renewable.  Qualifications for applicants include a PHD in Astronomy, Physics, Science Education, or a closely related field and experience teaching Introductory Astronomy in a large classroom setting.  Previous involvement with EPO programs in Astronomy, and previous experience and interaction with the K-12 science teacher community is preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and will be in the range $50-60K for the 9 month academic year.  A small start-up package, to be negotiated, may provide initial summer bridge salary.  Applicants must apply online at Academic Jobs Online (http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo) and should upload an application letter, a current curriculum vita, a list of publications, a statement of future research interests, and a statement of teaching philosophy and strategies.  Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded at the same site.  Further inquiries concerning this search should be sent to astrosearch@physics.uoregon.edu.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2011, with consideration continuing until the position is filled.  The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

The position is subject to a criminal background check.

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