Assistant Teaching Professor

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS


Center for STEM Learning

Position Overview

The Assistant Teaching Professor is a three-year, non-tenure track appointment through May 2022.  The Assistant Teaching Professor will teach undergraduate physics and mathematics courses. Working with the Center for STEM Learning, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Mathematics, and instructors in these departments and other STEM units on implementation of undergraduate Physics teaching and Physics Secondary teacher preparation as part of the KU Comprehensive PhysTEC Program. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

The Center for STEM Learning (CSTEM), a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is an interdisciplinary collaborative venture to improve science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education at KU and throughout Kansas, and contribute to scholarship in these areas. Center activities involve scientists, educators and education specialists from both the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The Center is the home of the nationally acclaimed UKanTeach program, which prepares highly qualified STEM teachers; graduates can be found in classrooms across Kansas and nationally. The work of the Assistant Teaching Professor will be coordinated through the UKanTeach program within the CSTEM.  The KU Comprehensive PhysTEC program is a collaboration between CSTEM and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which has an internationally recognized faculty, strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system.  KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world.  An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation.  The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected.  We are interested in candidates whose scholarship focuses on culturally responsive approaches that are conscious of diversity and equity perspectives.

A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital.  Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town.  Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants.  Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less than an hour away.

Job Description

Teaching/Advising (.65 FTE)

  • Teaches the equivalent of two UKanTeach mathematics courses per semester (fall, spring), Co-teaching Physics 150 and teach a Physics 500 physics education course. These courses may include a section of mathematics at the chairs discretion and/or other undergraduate courses as needed.
  • Participates in regular meetings of departmental instructors for CSTEM Physics, the Physical sciences, and Mathematics.
  • Implement the use of instructional technology in the teaching of courses.
  • Provide advising for Physics and Mathematics majors through the CSTEM’s UKanTeach program.
  • Holds regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
  • Adheres to Center, College, and university policies and procedures.

  • Professional Performance (.15 FTE) 
  • Works closely with the administrative and instructional staff from CSTEM Physics and the Department of Mathematics to develop and implement changes in the undergraduate physics and mathematics curriculum that support learning based outcomes.
  • Coordinates efforts with Teaching Scholarship Collaborative in Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Supports the development of teaching excellence in other faculty, teaching assistants and GTAs.

  • Research (.10 FTE)
  • The assistant teaching professor will contribute to the research mission of the Center for STEM Learning primarily in the areas of Physics Education, Mathematics Education, and STEM Teaching (Pedagogy), through presentations at professional conferences and publication of works in books, articles, abstracts, or other scholarly works such as the online publication of new active-learning materials in online formats.
  • Possible areas of focus for publications and presentations include, but are not limited to, the scholarship of assessment and curriculum design, the development of new undergraduate laboratories/research opportunities and/or new teaching methods,  supervision and evaluation of undergraduate research in the specialist’s area of research expertise, methods to enhance online course resources outside of class time and use of active learning activities to maximize concept mastery during face-to-face class and laboratory/discussion time, development of programs, workshops and training guidelines that feature research-based instructional practices (included but not limited to inquiry and discovery based instruction, student-centered instruction, peer-mentoring, and the integration of technology into the classroom).

  • Service (.10 FTE)
  • Member of the Center for STEM Learning’s undergraduate committee, and other committees as appropriate.
  • Actively participate with CSTEM’s recruitment efforts, specially for Physics and Physical sciences teachers
  • Participates in appropriate professional activities.

  • Required Qualifications

    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 resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education, or a closely related field.  Include a copy of your transcript, if the degree has been obtained in the past 5 years.
  • Record of excellence in teaching college-level physics as evidenced by CV and references.
  • Experience with engaged learning or inquiry-based models of mathematics instruction.
  • A strong background in teaching high School (grades 9-12) Physics or physical sciences.
  • Previous experience teaching junior/senior level high school courses in mathematics.
  • Experience using technology in teaching.
  • Previous experience that required excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Previous experience that required working with a diverse population of students, faculty, and administrators.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview process.

  • Preferred Qualifications


    Contact Information to Applicants

    Dr. Steven Case
    (785) 864-4471

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: . A complete online application includes the following materials:  Applicants should include: 1) a statement of the candidate’s goals and vision for the unit; 2) a curriculum vitae containing information on accomplishments in research, teaching, service, and administration; 3) a list of three references, and their contact information, who could speak to the qualifications and preparedness of the candidate to lead the unit. 

    Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered.  In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission.  As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application.  Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
  • Initial review of applications will be March 8, 2019 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Limited Term

    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Limited Term End Date


    Advertised Salary Range

    Commensurate with experience


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