The Physics Department at the University of Michigan invites applications for a new Lecturer III position with primary responsibility as Coordinator for Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS) Sequence, beginning September 1, 2020.
The IPLS sequence places focus on the physics of life – helping students to understand life as a physical process, both enabled and constrained by the laws of physics. We are continuing the development of this course, in curriculum, laboratory experience, and inclusivity, towards greater relevance for modern biology and pre-medicine. The IPLS coordinator will be expected to play a leading role in this evolution, including a coupling with the university-wide Foundational Course Initiative.
The coordinator will manage the instructional team of tenure-track faculty, Lecturer II’s, Graduate Student Instructors, and undergraduate Learning Assistants for the whole sequence, while also teaching two sections each term. We expect our instructors to take a scholarly approach to their teaching, using evidence-based methods and responsibly assessing the impact of innovations introduced to their classes.
This is a three-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal. The appointment is expected to be full-time (100% effort) throughout nine month academic year, aligned with U-M’s September – May calendar. Opportunities to teach in the spring term, for additional compensation, also exist. Salary commensurate with experience.
Applications must include a CV, teaching statement, and relevant teaching evaluations, combined into a single PDF. Applications and/or questions may be directed to Ana Austin, Physics Department Chief Administrator, at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is 9/1/2020, and if the search is successful an offer will be made no later than 8/15/2020. The offer is subject to final approval by the academic unit
We will be available at the 2020 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando FL, Jan. 18 – 21 for discussion and preliminary interviews.
This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
Requirements for this position:
PhD in Physics
PhD or research experience in a sub-field with relations to life sciences.
Demonstrated experience leading large introductory physics courses. Experience designing, developing, delivering physics for the life sciences courses is especially desirable.
Demonstrated experience working in with instructional teams which include faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and staff.
Demonstrated experience with and commitment to equitable, inclusive teaching of students who are diverse in background, interests, identity, and goals.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits
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