Associate Professor joint Science Education and Physics & Astronomy (specialty in Physics or Physics Education)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Position: Associate Professor, joint position in the Departments of Science Education and Physics and Astronomy (specialty in Physics or Physics Education) 
Effective Date: August 17, 2022 (Fall Semester) 
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin September 30, 2021. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Departments of Science Education and Physics & Astronomy

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in science education, physics education, or related field
  • Undergraduate degree in physics or astronomy or equivalent
  • Knowledge of U.S. K-12 public schools, science standards and pedagogical reforms
  • Experience working with preservice or inservice science teachers and K-12 students
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and excellence in college level teaching in science education, physics education, or physics
  • Evidence of strong record of research and publication record, record of scholarship in science education or physics education commensurate with the rank of    Associate Professor in Science Education at the University
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as teacher of record in U.S. K-12 schools
  • Experience teaching physics (K-16)
  • Publications, presentations, or other forms of scholarly communication aimed to both science teachers and science/physics education researchers.
  • Publications, presentations, or other forms of scholarly communication with an emphasis on equity and inclusion in STEM
  • Record(s) of grant submission and funding
  • Engagement with science teacher organizations (e.g., Science Educators for Equity, Diversity and Social  Justice (SEEDS), National Science Teaching Association, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Physical Society, state or local science teacher associations, etc.).
  • Record of successful teaching, mentoring, or advocacy for students from underrepresented groups


  • Teach courses in of both Science Education and Physics and Astronomy departments (workload will primarily be in Science Education than Physics -maybe be subject to change). [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Teach and develop undergraduate courses for a range of students including science and non-science majors and future educators
  • Teach undergraduate physics and physical science courses
  • Teach and develop graduate science education courses for the Science Education MS program
  • Advise and mentor graduate students in both Science Education MS and Physics MS programs working on education-related thesis projects
  • Develop and maintain a program of scholarship in science education or physics education resulting in publications, presentations, and funding
  • Recruit, mentor, and network with preservice/inservice high school physics teachers
  • Participate in service to the departments, college, university, and community

As departments serving a very diverse body of students, the Departments of Science Education and Physics & Astronomy seek tenure-line candidates who, through their own lived experiences with marginalized identities or previous experience supporting diverse students, will be committed to the successful teaching and mentoring of all students.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

About Our Departments

Science Education’s [] placement as a department within the College of Natural Science & Mathematics allows faculty the opportunity to collaborate within the department on science education research, curriculum development, and outreach projects while also fostering close working relationships with colleagues from traditional science departments on grants and projects. The department offers pedagogy courses (in partnership with the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services), science courses for science and non-science majors, and a Master's degree program for practicing educators. The department’s 7 tenured/tenure-track faculty (and 15+ experienced educators as part-time lecturers) collaborate with colleagues across campus on varied projects and grants. Some current projects include: PhysTEC: Physics Teacher Education Coalition, A-STEP: Aligning the Science Teacher Education Pathway, The National Center for Science in Early Childhood, the Young Scientists Camp (including a camp for homeless youth), DEEP in STEM: Developing Effective and Engaging Practice in STEM via Community Collaborations, and oversight of the CSULB CNSM Science Learning Center.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy [] is dedicated to providing a rigorous curriculum with high-quality research opportunities offering an exceptional education for our diverse student body. We value teaching and research as essential components of education; our graduate and undergraduate students engage in research mentored by our 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty, leading to diverse career outcomes, such as teaching, industry, or joining Ph.D. programs. The Physics and Astronomy Department at CSULB has one of the largest number of physics bachelor’s and master’s graduates among U.S. master’s granting universities. We have a strong record of graduating women and underrepresented minorities in physics. Our department is one of only six Bridge Sites of the APS Bridge Program in the nation to improve the number of minorities pursuing a Ph.D. in physics. Physics and Astronomy Department faculty have provided, and continue to provide, substantial leadership in diversity related programs in STEM.

The departments of Science Education and Physics and Astronomy have collaborated in a variety of ways to help increase the number and quality of our K-12 physics teachers. Joint activities include: PhysTEC comprehensive site (funded 2010-2013, project activities ongoing), leadership of the Southern California PhysTEC Regional Network (2018-present); leadership on the campus’ Get the Facts Out project (2019- present); hosting a monthly Physics Demo Day and annual Physics Open House (2010-present); recruitment and support of physics majors into the field of teaching; and teaching physics and physics pedagogy courses.

In serving the State of California, both departments are committed to developing a diverse faculty, with a richness of personal and educational experience. We welcome all applicants who are highly motivated to engage in research supervision of a diverse student body and to work vigorously in the classroom to provide an exceptional education to our community of student scholars. We are excited to welcome candidates who will join us in contributing to our students’ talent, expertise, and perspective by providing excellent educational and research opportunities for the next generation of science educators.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Research/Scholarly Interests Statement
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement (This is in addition to the Equity and Diversity Statement. For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Transcripts demonstrating physics major (or equivalent)
  • Three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the finalist stage)
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Laura Henriques, Search Committee Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Science Education or 562-985-4801

A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status,  disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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