AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of March 6, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Interview Feedback Question 
 
2. Funds Still Available for Childcare Grants for APS 
 
3. Deputy Director, Space Telescope Science Institute 
 
4. Opportunities at the IAEA 
 
5. Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Arkansas State University 
 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Interview feedback question 
From: Kartik Sheth [astrokartikgmail.com] 
 
I recently applied for a faculty position at a teaching University - 
although I made the shortlist and had a great visit, I was not offered 
the position.  When I asked them for some feedback on how I could have 
done better - I got the strangest reply. Normally people in the field 
have been exceptionally helpful I giving advice even if its off record 
but I got an email that said "due to legal reasons, we cannot comment 
on the search process."  Has anyone else encountered this? I am sure 
that it is uncommon but wanted to know more from the community. 
 
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2. Funds Still Available for Childcare Grants for APS meeting 
From: WIPHYS March 4, 2009 
 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics is pleased to announce 
that there are funds remaining for childcare grants  of up to $400 to 
APS meeting attendees who are bringing small children or who incur extra 
expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting 
services). Details at http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/index.cfm 
(April meeting, Denver).  
 
A grant from the Elsevier Foundation augments existing funds from the APS. 
 
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3. Deputy Director, Space Telescope Science Institute 
From: Christine Rueter [rueterstsci.edu] 
 
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the science center for 
the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope, and a premier 
astronomical research institution, is conducting a search for a Deputy 
Director.  
 
The coming decade will present outstanding opportunities for STScI.  The 
upcoming Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4 is expected to 
provide us with our most powerful and capable observatory ever, and we 
are making steady progress developing the Science and Operations Center 
for the James Webb Space Telescope.  The STScI operates a world-class 
multi-mission data and archive center.  The Deputy Director will have 
the opportunity to work with a diverse, multidisciplinary, top-ranked 
staff to help transition STScI into the James Webb era, and help define 
the future of space astronomy.   
 
The Deputy Director will work with the Director in the overall 
management of STScI's operations and development and in particular 
will be responsible for STScI's communications and representation 
in the astronomical community.  
 
The ideal candidate will have a strong vision for space science, an 
outstanding scientific background, and demonstrated leadership working 
in a complex and evolving environment. As Deputy Director, the ability 
to work effectively with, and in the Director's absence, lead the 
Institute;s senior management team is essential.  
  
A letter of interest in the Deputy Director position, curriculum vitae, 
and publications list, along with the names of at least four 
professional references from whom confidential information may be 
solicited should be submitted in PDF to ddsearchstsci.edu by May 31, 
2009. Additional information may be obtained from Dr. Matt Mountain, 
STScI Director (410-338-4710, mmountainstsci.edu) or Dr. Brad Peterson, 
(614-292-2022, petersonastronomy.ohio-state.edu) Search Committee 
Co-Chairs.  
 
Committed to the benefits of diversity, we strongly encourage qualified 
women and minority candidates to apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.  
 
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4. Opportunities at the IAEA 
From: WIPHYS Feb. 23, 2009 
 
The latest job vacancies at the IAEA can be found at 
http://recruitment.iaea.org/phf/images/email/top_head.jpg.  Should you 
know of potential candidates, please do not hesitate to share these 
vacancies with them.  We particularly encourage women to apply. The 
full listing of open vacancies, as well as procedures for applying are 
available at http://www.iaea.org/About/Jobs.  
 
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5. Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Arkansas State 
University 
From: WIPHYS March 4, 2009 
 
Arkansas State University (ASU) is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative 
Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the 
achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 
In pursuit of this commitment, the University seeks a leader to create 
and implement a shared vision for the College of Science and 
Mathematics (http://scimath.astate.edu).  
 
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, the 
Dean provides support and leadership for the departments of Biological 
Sciences; Chemistry and Physics; Computer Sciences; and Mathematics and 
Statistics. Responsibilities include: faculty recruiting and 
development; improving enrollment and graduation rates; expanding 
fundraising  and externally funded research; enhancement of 
accreditation; curriculum  development; contributing to globalization of 
the University; and facilitating the transition of the University into a 
more research intensive institution.  Salary is competitive and 
commensurate with experience.  
 
Qualifications:  An earned doctorate in one of the disciplines of the 
College of Sciences and Mathematics, strong interpersonal skills, 
organizational acumen, a record of scholarly and/or professional 
achievements warranting appointment as a tenured professor.  Applicants 
should demonstrate strong commitment to teaching excellence; leading 
undergraduate and cross-disciplinary graduate programs; doctoral 
education; administrative, budgetary, and other leadership experiences; 
success in fundraising and obtaining extramural funding for grants/ 
contracts; and accomplishments in enhancing diversity of faculty and 
students.  
 
The University and Community: ASU (www.astate.edu) is a public, 
multi-campus higher education system with enrollment of nearly 19,000. 
Approximately 11,500 students attend the Jonesboro campus where the 
student body is diverse. The campus has a renewed focus on international 
student recruitment and capital campaign development. Jonesboro has a 
population of 60,000 and is located 70 miles northwest of Memphis 
(www.jonesborochamber.org).  
 
For Additional Background Information Contact: Rent Consulting Group, 
LLC,  grentrentconsultinggroup.com  
 
Applications:  Applications must be received online at 
https://jobs.astate.edu. Please review instructions for new users on the 
home page and select the Dean of Science and Mathematics position 
A00292. Applicants should upload a cover letter addressing 
qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names, e-mail addresses, and 
telephone numbers of five professional references. Review of completed 
applications will begin on March 16, 2009, and will continue until the 
position is filled. Anticipated starting date is August 1, 2009.  Under 
the Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act, applications are subject to 
public inspection.  
 
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