Director of STEM Partnerships and Innovation



The Department of Physics of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a 3-year term faculty appointment as Director of STEM Partnerships and Innovation from Academic Year 2021-2022 through Academic Year 2023-2024. The appointment begins September 1st, 2021. Faculty rank will be dependent on experience and stature in the field.

The Director of STEM Partnerships and Innovation works with the Science Departments (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Physics, and Computer Science), including Chairs, Laboratory Directors, and faculty both within the College of Arts and Sciences to facilitate innovative STEM pedagogies, create a science community among STEM students and faculty and support the University’s mission of broadening participation in STEM both within and beyond the University. In addition, the Director initiates partnerships with external entities including government agencies, corporations, and non-government organizations on projects relating to STEM education, innovation and careers. This position must work with a variety of campus resources to ensure science programs, relevant events, and curriculum improvements are effectively communicated both on and off campus. Thus, the director serves as a STEM liaison and collaborator between other colleges within the University. Specifically, the Director is an member of the American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) and is the Director of the American University I-CORPS site.

The position will require the incumbent to teach two courses per year, customarily one in the fall and one in the spring. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu . The Department of Physics offers only undergraduate programs. Learn more about The College of Arts & Services at www.american.edu/cas/ and about the department at www.american.edu/cas/physics/ .

Salary is competitive.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a scientific field and have multiple publications in peer reviewed journals. Applicants with a PhD in science education will not be considered. The successful applicant will have extensive research experimentation experience, as well as at least 3 years of experience in college laboratory teaching, teaching laboratory management, and laboratory curriculum development. Applicants must also have experience in laboratory safety training, academic integrity education, and use of technology in the lab classroom.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Include a letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers. Please contact Hunter Todd, CAS Faculty Affairs Coordinator, at dhtodd@american.edu with any questions.

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