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Vanderbilt University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is inviting applications for a full-time Senior Lecturer position to join a productive and collegial department within a vibrant liberal arts college at a highly-ranked R1-research university starting August 2024. We are seeking a dedicated, student-focused educator who is well-versed in recent advancements in astronomy and physics education to teach Introductory Astronomy and calculus-based Introductory Physics courses as well as other courses for the Department.

The Department has already instituted significant reforms in these introductory courses – in accord with best practices from physics and astronomy education research – and is seeking an individual willing to build on this foundation and take a leadership role in making the introductory courses effective and equitable for students. Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to fostering excellence through an academically and culturally diverse community of scholars. For example, the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD program was founded in the Physics & Astronomy department and has become a national model for the recruitment, retention, and training of talented underrepresented minority scholars in physics and astronomy.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in astrophysics or physics, awarded no later than August 1, 2024, and have a demonstrated commitment to effective teaching of diverse undergraduates. Experience in astronomy/physics education research is preferred; familiarity with this research is required. The Senior Lecturer appointment will be non-tenure track, with an initial appointment for one year, renewable to a three-year term subject to satisfactory performance. The teaching load is 3 course per semester.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

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