AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 2, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  Job Interview Advice

2.  CSWA is now on Twitter!

3.  2013 OUSTA Award of the Society for College Science Teachers

4.  New Scholarship for Undergraduates

5.  Transitioning to Faculty Life:  A Conference

6.  Position Announcement:  Editor of the Publications of the ASP

7.  Job Opportunities

8.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

9.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues

1.  Job Interview Advice
From:  Laura Trouille [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]

With the job application season coming to a head, we thought it would be useful
to share potential questions astronomers and physicists may be asked during a
phone interview for a tenure track university faculty position. This is the
first in a series of posts with job application resources for academic and
non-academic positions.

Potential Questions:


- What are your teaching interests? Which courses would you be interested in

- How would you handle X teaching situation? (relevant to intro courses through
advanced courses)

- Some variation on – what is your teaching philosophy?

- If you were allowed to develop any course you like, what would it be?

To read more, please see


2.  CSWA is now on Twitter!
From:  Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_UTNet.UToledo.Edu]

CSWA now has a Twitter account. If you use Twitter, please search for "AAS CSWA"
or follow @AAS_Women.

As its manager, I'll be aiming for about one tweet or retweet per day. I'll
provide news about web resources and pass along the best tweets I receive from
organizations and news sites that are relevant to women in science and that I am
following. (Suggestions of more people to follow would be more than welcome.)
Followers of @AAS_Women will be able to send a short reply or comment.

If you are new to Twitter and would like to join, please follow these
instructions kindly provided by Michele Montgomery:

Go to the link that is now on our home page [in the left side menu], namely


you will see our Twitter home page, together with a box inviting you to give
your full name and email address and choose a password and thereby join Twitter.
Once Twitter confirms your email address, you can return to the above link and
you'll see a button labeled "Follow" which, when clicked, will make you a
follower of our page.

The CSWA home page is at:


3.  2013 OUSTA Award of the Society for College Science Teachers
From: WIPHYS, March 1, 2012

Nominations are now being sought for the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Science
Teacher Award (OUSTA) granted by the Society for College Science Teachers
(SCST).  A nominee need not be a member of the SCST. Nominations may be made by
colleagues or students and self-nominations are also encouraged!  The purpose of
the OUSTA is to recognize the achievements of our teaching colleagues who have
enhanced the profession as outstanding teachers of science. This annual award is
based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees according to the
following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2) scholarship; and 3)
For details regarding the nomination and application process, visit


The deadline for application materials is June 1, 2012.  Please send names of
potential nominee/applicants to csandler_at_mich.edu . We will follow-up with
everyone to provide further materials and details about the application process.
We are also interested in hearing from you if you are considering
self-nomination so that we can guide you through the process.

4.  New Scholarship for Undergraduates
From:  WIPHYS, March 1, 2012

The SanDisk Scholars Fund is a $1 million scholarship program that supports the
educational goals of selected students who wish to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The SanDisk Scholars Fund
will award scholarships of up to $10,000 per student to graduating high school
seniors, community-college students, or students already enrolled in a
STEM-related course of study who demonstrate a need for financial support in
order to reach their academic goals.  Find out more at:


5.  Transitioning to Faculty Life:  A Conference
From:  Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_UTNet.UToledo.Edu]

May 31-June 2, 2012
Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU

'The goal of this conference is to provide Postdoctoral Scholars from groups
historically underrepresented in Engineering and Natural Sciences the
opportunity to network and access information and materials necessary for a
successful transition to a faculty position at CIC [Committee on Institutional
Cooperation] universities or similar research intensive institutions.

The conference is also designed to provide recruitment opportunities for CIC
departments and programs anticipating faculty hires in STEM disciplines
(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The intent is to match
potential faculty recruits with open searches at CIC universities.'

'... There is no registration fee for the conference. Participants are
responsible for travel, hotel, and meals not included in the conference. Space
is limited. Registration will close when maximum number of participants has been
reached.' [On Registration page]

To read more:


6.  Position Announcement:  Editor of the Publications of the ASP
From:  Paula Szkody [szkody_at_astro.washington.edu]

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is soliciting both applications and
nominations of candidates for the position of Editor of the Publications of the
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP).  The new Editor will replace current
Editor Paula Szkody of the University of Washington, who will be retiring from
the position at the end of 2012.

Candidates for this position should summit a cover letter, CV, bibliography, and
names of three references by May 1, 2012 to the Chair of the Search Committee,
James Manning, ASP, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94112 or
electronically to jmanning_at_astrosociety.org.

7.  Job Opportunities

Tenure Track, Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Deadline May 1, 2012; Email inquiries: Jessica Utley (jutley_at_nrao.edu)

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