Positions Available

Positions Available

Student Opportunities

Research assistantship available for Ph.D. student to study college faculty

We have an opportunity for an appropriate Ph.D. student to work on a multi-year NSF-Funded project that seeks to investigate college instructor attitudes towards and use of research-based instructional strategies in the teaching of introductory physics.  The appropriate student would work with the PI (Dr. Charles Henderson, Western
Michigan University) and co-PI (Dr. Melissa Dancy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte).  The project will employ both qualitative and quantitative methods with a sample of approximately 1600 physics faculty nationwide.  Opportunities to participate in other synergistic projects are also available. Examples of other projects:

It is expected that the student would also be working towards a Ph.D. in Physics Education Research from the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.  The Mallinson Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute in the WMU college of Arts and Sciences.  Nine faculty researchers from a variety of sciences have joint appointments between a science department and the Mallinson Institute.  There are currently 17 full-time graduate students with backgrounds in a variety of sciences.
Graduates of the program have been very successful on the job market.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Charles Henderson, (269) 387-4951.

Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Western Michigan University has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead in development of research and researchers focusing on improvement in classroom assessment practices. Three research centers at Western Michigan University (Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Center for Study of
Mathematics Curriculum, and The Evaluation Center) have joined together to conduct this NSF fellowship grant. This grant provides support for 5 doctoral students each supported at approximately $40,000 per year for up to 5 years to study and conduct research on this topic. We invite your application.

Selection Criteria: Candidates for this program should be willing to commit to full
time study and research at Western Michigan. Candidates must be approved for entry into an approved doctoral program (e.g., science or math education, or evaluation). Doctoral work must include both a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) and assessment/evaluation focus. Candidates selected for these
fellowships will be required to meet application criteria their selected doctoral program prior to being fully approved for this fellowship. The candidate’s letter of application for this fellowship should indicate which doctoral program the candidate plans to enter and provide proper assurances that their credential meet the criteria for entry into the designated program. Additionally, each applicant must provide a written statement of
interest indicating how this degree and a focus on STEM and classroom assessment fit into their professional plans.

Priority will be given to individuals who can begin work as early as January 2008.

Contact: Arlen R. Gullickson
The Evaluation Center
1903 West Michigan
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5237

P: (269) 387-5895
Fax: (269)-387-5923
Web: http://wmich.edu/evalctr/


3225 Wood Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5444 USA
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