AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of September 7, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Astronomy Development and Outreach Officer 
 
2. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position 
 
3. Why Aren't More Women in Science? 
 
4. FACULTY POSITION, PHYSICS/ASTRONOMY, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 
 
5. OPENINGS, DEPT. OF PHYSICS, NC STATE UNIVERSITY 
 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 

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1. Astronomy Development and Outreach Officer 
From: Jayanne English (englishphysics.umanitoba.ca) 
 
Nottingham Trent University 
College of Science 
Astronomy Development and Outreach Officer 
 
 
Salary: 19,425 - 32,534 pa 
Post No: S0342 
Fixed term contract for three years 
  
 
The recent completion of an on-campus astronomical observatory, 
equipped with a 20" telescope and a solar scope, augments our astronomical 
facilities which also include a small radio telescope and a range of portable 
telescopes and associated equipment. There is now an exciting opportunity 
for an appropriate person to play a leading role in the development of the 
use of these astronomical resources for undergraduate/postgraduate teaching 
and for outreach work with local schools. 
 
The Astronomy Development and Outreach officer will join the Physics and 
Mathematical Sciences team within the School of Science and 
Technology. The School provides an excellent service to students as 
demonstrated by QAA awarding maximum External Subject Review scores to 
Physics and also to Biosciences and Chemistry and by the School having 
grade 5 RAE rated research.  We achieved maximum funding under the HEFCE 
CETL initiative to develop the Centre for Effective Learning in Science, 
which has funded our observatory and a number of physics outreach activities.. 
 
The ideal candidate for this post will have a degree or equivalent in 
Physics/Astronomy or a related discipline and have a real passion for 
"hands-on" observational astronomy and science outreach. 
 
For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact 
Dr Robin Turner, Academic Team Leader, Physics and Mathematical 
Sciences, 
on +44 (0)115 848 6352 
or via email: robin.turnerntu.ac.uk (mailto:robin.turner@ntu.ac.uk 
 
Closing date: 21st  September 
 
Further application details are available at 
http://www.ntu.ac.uk/vacancies/index.html (under "Research Vacancies") 
or by telephoning +44 (0) 115 848 6522 (24 hour answer phone). 
Please quote appropriate Post Ref. No. when applying. 
 
CVs will only be accepted in support of a fully completed application 
form. 
 
We are actively implementing equality of opportunity policies and seek 
people who share our commitment. 
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2. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position 
From: Kristen Larson (larsonkphysics.wwu.edu) 
 
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position 
Astronomy or Astrophysics 
Western Washington University 
 
The Physics and Astronomy Department of Western Washington University 
invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position 
in astronomy or astrophysics starting September 2008.  Applicants must 
hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics and must 
have a strong commitment to teaching excellence. 
 
The primary responsibility will be teaching six undergraduate courses 
over three quarters during the academic year, including both astronomy 
and physics courses in the lower and upper divisions.  Other 
responsibilities will include contributing to the research culture and 
environment of the department by establishing an on-campus astronomy 
research program that actively involves undergraduates and by applying 
for external research support. 
 
Preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience who 
are qualified and eager to teach a wide range of topics in physics and 
astronomy at the undergraduate level.  Applicants should be currently 
active in astronomy research that will be accessible and engaging to 
undergraduate students.  Effective communication skills and the 
ability to work with diverse populations are also highly desired. 
 
Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the 
applicant's background and why she or he would be a good match for our 
position, (2) a statement of philosophy on teaching and learning, (3) 
plans for undergraduate involvement in research, and (4) a full 
curriculum vitae.  Applicants should request that letters of 
recommendation from at least three professional references be sent in 
support of their applications.  Review of applications will begin on 
November 1, 2007 and the position will remain open until filled.  All 
application materials and inquiries should be addressed to: 
 
Dr. Kristen Larson 
Astronomy Search Committee Chair 
Physics and Astronomy Department 
Western Washington University 
Bellingham, WA 98225-9164 
email:  astrosearchphysics.wwu.edu 
 
Western Washington University is a primarily undergraduate institution 
in the beautiful Pacific Northwest that offers bachelor's degrees in 
physics and physics education and a minor in astronomy.  More 
information about the Physics and Astronomy Department can be found at 
http://www.physics.wwu.edu. 
 
WWU is an AA/EO employer. 
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3. Why Aren't More Women in Science? 
From: Jean-Luc Margot (jlmastro.cornell.edu) 
 
The Annual Report (FY 2006) of the Office of the Vice Provost for 
Research at Cornell University describes a publication that may be of
interest to list readers. 
 
Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams, eds., Why Aren't More Women in 
Science? Top Researchers Debate the Evidence (American Psychological 
Association, 2007). 
 
The editors present 15 essays written by top researchers, chosen to 
reflect the diversity and complexity of views on sex differences in 
ability. Some essayists even interpret differently the same data on 
the causes and consequences of so few women in certain fields. The 
discussions include topics such as the role of prenatal and postnatal 
hormones on spatial cognition, the claim that female babies are 
naturally more oriented toward people than are male babies (who are 
more oriented toward objects), the differences between female and male 
brains, and social factors pertaining to balancing work and family. In 
their introduction, the editors define the key issues and put them in 
historical context. They specifically examine how much of the variance 
in scientific performance is due to biological factors (such as sex 
differences in brain organization) versus social factors (such as 
willingness to work very long hours at one's job). In their conclusion 
they synthesize and integrate the disparate views. The book is 
accessible and appeals to students and nonspecialists, as well as 
psychologists and other social scientists. 
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4. FACULTY POSITION, PHYSICS/ASTRONOMY, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 
From: WIPHYS 
 
Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-track 
assistant professor of physics beginning fall 2008 with a joint 
appointment in the Lyman Briggs College (75%) and either the 
Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural Science 
or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (25%). 
 
Candidates must have a PhD in physics or astronomy.  Preference will 
be given to applicants with postdoctoral teaching and research 
experience, and especially to those who are passionate about working 
with undergraduates.  Research in all areas of physics and astronomy 
will be considered. 
 
Founded in 1967, Lyman Briggs College is a vibrant undergraduate, 
residential college focusing on the study of science and its impact 
on society.  The Lyman Briggs curriculum integrates its natural and 
physical sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the 
History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science. The joint appointment 
with the Department of Physics and Astronomy or the National 
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory will enable the candidate to 
maintain an active research program. 
 
A complete application package consists of a cover letter, curriculum 
vitae, teaching statement and portfolio, statement of research 
interests, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (sent 
under separate cover).  Complete applications should be received by 
December 1, 2007; later applications may be considered.  This 
material should be sent to:  Physics Search Committee,  Lyman Briggs 
College, 28 East Holmes Hall, Michigan State University, East 
Lansing, MI 48825-1107.  For further information, contact Ms. Kathie 
Ellis at (517) 353-6486 or elliskmsu.edu or visit http:// 
www.lymanbriggs.msu.edu/employment/physics.html . 
 
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is 
committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The 
university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of 
women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 
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5. OPENINGS, DEPT. OF PHYSICS, NC STATE UNIVERSITY 
From: WIPHYS 
 
The Department of Physics at NC State University has hired six new 
faculty members over the last four years and continues to seek highly 
qualified applicants in all areas for tenure-track and tenured 
positions. Candidates in astrophysics, biological physics, nanoscale 
science, and in physics education are especially encouraged to apply at 
this time. Successful applicants will have strong commitments to 
excellence in teaching and will be expected to establish a vigorous 
research program. The Department has vibrant programs in astrophysics; 
biological physics; computational physics; nanoscale science; 
polymer, surface and materials physics; nuclear physics; and physics 
education research. We plan to hire primarily at the assistant professor 
level, but will also consider particularly qualified senior applicants. 
Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. degree in physics or a 
physics-related area. To receive full consideration, applications for 
the Fall 2008 academic year should be received by November 30, 2007. 
Review of applications will begin immediately, but no final decision 
will be made prior to November 30, 2007. To apply, please visit 
https://jobs.ncsu.edu and designate position number 07-52-0712. You= 
 
will be required to send a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of 
research and teaching goals, and a list of at least three references.
 
The College of 
Physical and Mathematical Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work= 
 
with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for 
spouses or partners. AA/EOE. In addition, NC State University 
welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. 
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