Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 19:53:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for November 22, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of Nov. 22, 2002, eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, 
& Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. Further discussion on expensive introductory textbooks
2. Conference on Re-Searching Research Agendas: Women, Research and
   Publication in Higher Education, Western Australia
3. Review of the Status of Women at STScI
4. Author of "Brilliant Stars: the Women of Space Exploration" seeks your
5. Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Kentucky University
6. Assistant Professor Position in Astrophysics - University of Colorado at
7. Tenure-track position at the Rochester Institute of Technology
8. Physics/Engineering Faculty Position,  College of DuPage

1. Further discussion on expensive introductory textbooks
From: Henry Albers

May I add some comments to the text book issue which might be of interest.

I taught my first astronomy back in 1956. I think the cost of a text was 
under $10 but we thought that was expensive. Over the years I can not 
remember a time that we thought the books were not overpriced. I would 
usually try to use the least expensive book.

When I was at Minnesota I found the students had solved the problem
themselves.  An enterprising student would buy the text for a one semester 
course. Then would RENT it to another student for the next semester. At the 
end of the year they would sell it to the used book dealer. The result was 
that the student could make more on the book than the author did. I don't 
know if that system is still used anywhere but it shows that the economics 
of text book use produces some interesting ideas.

Henry Albers, Emeritus
Vassar College

2. Conference on Re-Searching Research Agendas: Women, Research and
   Publication in Higher Education, Western Australia

>From WIPHYS 19 Nov. 02

Conference, 25-27 June, 2003, at the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, 
Western Australia on gender and academic work. Topics include strategic 
issues in higher education research and development; gender and research; 
rethinking the PhD, research and consultancies. Dr Louise Morley (London 
Institute of Education) has agreed to be a keynote speaker, as have Professor
Belinda Probert (RMIT) and Professor Lesley Johnson (UTS).

The call for papers and application form are downloadable from the internet at 

Dr Colleen Chesterman, National Director
University of Technology, Sydney
P O Box 123, SYDNEY NSW 2007
P) 61 2 9514 2931
F) 61 2 9514 2930 

3. Review of the Status of Women at STScI

Numerous people have brought attention to the fact that a review on the
Status of Women at the Space Telescope Science Institute has been published.
This review was written by a committee of external reviewers.  Both the
AURA and STScI responses have also been published.  Interested readers can
find all three linked from the web page: .

4. Author of "Brilliant Stars: the Women of Space Exploration" seeks your
From: Laura S. Woodmansee

Hi, my name is Laura Woodmansee and I invite you to be part of a book I'm 
writing about women who work and volunteer in space exploration.  "Brilliant 
Stars: the Women of Space Exploration," will showcase women from around the 
world who work in all kinds of space-related careers (students and volunteers
too). It's a natural follow-on to my book, "Women Astronauts" (Apogee Books,

My intention is to encourage young people, especially girls and young women,
to get involved in space exploration as a career or as a personal interest. 
You've worked hard to follow your space dreams and I want to tell my readers 
what you've achieved. My hope is that it will inspire them to do great things 

This is your chance to help shape the future by encouraging girls and young
women to pursue their dreams just as you did. Your stories and advice will
encourage them to get involved. So, I'm asking you to please tell me about 
your career in space exploration.

"Brilliant Stars: the Women of Space Exploration will be published by Apogee
Books in June 2003 and will be part of the Apogee Books Space Series.

Due to time constraints, I'm interviewing mostly by E-mail and need responses
quickly. So, if you're interested in being involved with this book, please
take a look at the questions I've posted at the website: . 
Feel free to answer as many as you'd like. And write as much as you want!

I hope that you're interested because I'd love to include you! Please contact 
me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at

Please pass this E-mail on to other women who you think might like to be
included in this book too.

Thanks very much for your help and take care,

P.S. If there is an issue that is sensitive for you, I can arrange for you
to be anonymous. I only ask that you specify any sensitive issues in your

5. Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Kentucky University
From: Richard Gelderman

We invite applications and nominations for a dynamic intellectual leader to 
serve as Department Head. The ideal candidate will be a visionary, creative 
leader who will guide continued growth of our initiatives in teaching, 
research, and service. Our faculty are very dedicated to undergraduate 
education and to mentoring undergraduates in scholarly activities. We 
typically have 50 physics majors, and serve 1000 students/semester from a 
variety of disciplines. Current research activities include: Applied Nuclear 
Physics, Astronomy, Biophysics, Physics Education, Surface Physics, and 
The applicant must have an earned doctorate in Physics, Astronomy, or a 
related field, and a documented record of teaching, research, and service 
that merits appointment as an associate or full professor with tenure. We 
seek a candidate with evidence of effective administrative experience and 
resource development. Required leadership qualities include effective 
interpersonal and communication skills that promote a collegial environment 
and consensus building.  The successful applicant will have a proven record 
of engagement with internal and external constituencies, and a commitment to
recruitment/retention of students and faculty development. The applicant is 
expected to support and engage in innovative teaching and scholarly 
activity involving undergraduate students.
Screening begins December 2, 2002, and continues until the position is 
filled. This is a twelve-month position starting July 1, 2003.  Visit for application guidelines and additional information, 
or contact the search committee chair at Western 
Kentucky University is committedto expanding the diversity within its 
faculty and administration.

6. Assistant Professor Position in Astrophysics - University of Colorado at
From: Fran Bagenal

Our department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor 
to begin August 2003. The search is open to all areas of astrophysics. We 
are particularly interested in candidates working in high-energy, 
instrumental, theoretical, or extragalactic observational astrophysics. 

The APS department is affiliated with several research institutes and centers
(JILA, CASA, LASP) and offers a diverse set of resources for teaching and 
research, including access to theoretical, observational, and instrumental 
facilities. CU is a consortium member of the ARC 3.5-meter telescope at 
Apache Point Observatory.  The position requires a commitment to teaching in 
our undergraduate and graduate programs and the ability to develop and conduct 
an independent research program. 

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a
short description of research interests. Please arrange for letters of 
recommendation to be sent from three individuals familiar with your work. We 
will begin considering applications on 15 December 2002, and we will accept 
applications until the position is filled. Please include E-mail addresses of 
the candidate and recommenders. The University of Colorado is committed to
diversity in education and employment. AAE/EOE. 

Assistant Professor in Astrophysics
APS Department - 391-UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Tel: 303-492-7856
FAX: 303-492-3822
Email Submission Address:
Email Inquiries:

Attention: Dr. Mitchell Begelman, Chair, Search Committee 

7. Tenure-track position at the Rochester Institute of Technology
From: Michael Richmond

  Applications are invited for two or more tenure-track positions in the 
Department of Physics. The minimum qualifications are a Ph.D.  in physics, 
astronomy or a closely related field, a strong personal commitment to 
excellence in teaching lecture and laboratory courses, and a commitment to
sustained research in an area compatible with the Department's current
research activities. Interests in curricular development and pedagogy, as 
well as familiarity with current trends in undergraduate physics education 
are beneficial. 

   The Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, 
coeducational university with an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. 
The overall mission of RIT is that of a teaching university which does 
significant applied research in selected disciplines. The Department of
Physics, with 21 faculty, offers a BS degree in physics, currently enrolls 70
majors, and teaches approximately 1000 students/quarter in introductory
physics courses and 50 students/quarter in introductory astronomy courses. The
calculus-based introductory physics classes are taught in both traditional and
activity-based (SCALE-UP) formats. 

   A full version of this announcement, together with details on the 
application process, can be found at 

   I would be happy to chat by E-mail or telephone with people who want to 
know more about RIT and the Physics Department. Please feel free to contact 

                                     Michael Richmond

8. Physics/Engineering Faculty Position,  College of DuPage

>From WIPHYS 21 Nov. 02

The College of DuPage invites applications for a full-time tenure track 
Physics and Engineering instructor. Women and minority candidates are highly 
encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements are a Master degree in physics, engineering or a 
related field and a passion for undergraduate education. The successful 
candidate should be able to teach a full range of physics classes, including 
freshman and sophomore engineering physics along with general courses for 
non-science majors. The candidate also should be able to teach freshman and 
sophomore level engineering courses including graphics, statics and dynamics. 
The College of DuPage is strongly committed to science education and is open 
to innovative teaching methods. The College is a premiere two-year college 
near the urban center of Chicago with students transferring to local 
four-year institutions and to the Ivy League. The College has a growing 
physics team with a fully equipped microcomputer based physics laboratory 

Additional information about the department can be found at Application packages should consist of a 
forwarding letter, the candidate's cv and a completed employment application 
form from the College (available by calling the COD Human Resources office 
at (630)-942-2460 or on our web site ). In 
their forwarding letter, candidates should include a brief description of 
how their educational philosophy is supportive of the goals of a two-year 
college. Completed packages will be returned to the address provided on the 
employment form. Review of the submissions will begin on January 3rd, 2003 
and will continue until the position is filled.