Full time tenure track physics faculty position at MiraCosta College

The Physical Sciences Department of MiraCosta College in north San Diego County invites applications for one equity-minded, full-time (10 months per year), tenure-track faculty position beginning in August 2020. Principle responsibilities include teaching both algebra-based and calculus-based physics while collaborating with associate faculty and staff. The person selected will share leadership roles with other full-time instructors in coordinating and developing curriculum and using culturally-responsive pedagogical techniques and in coordinating the overall program.

The closing date for applications is January 21, 2020. For full details and to apply, please click the following link:

contact: Joe Salamon (

Part-time instructor wanted

The Loyola Marymount University Physics Department is seeking a part-time instructor for Spring 2020. We have an opening for an instructor to teach a section of Physics 254, General Physics II, which is scheduled for MWF 8-9 (lecture) and Tuesdays 2:10- 3:50 (lab).

Description of Duties/Expectations:

Prepare a syllabus and offer a curriculum consistent with the course description in the university bulletinEvaluate student learning and assign final course grades from tests, quizzes, homework, and other assignments and activities related to course materialHold regular office hours


M.S. or Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field is required

Those interesting in applying, should email the following to

Cover LetterCurriculum VitaeReferences – 3 references required (contact information only)Statement of Teaching (Optional)Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance LMU’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. (Optional)

New Physics Teacher Workshops – Jan/Feb – E&M

Dear SCAAPT Teachers and Professors,

There are some New Physics Teacher Workshops in Jan/Feb on Electricity & Magnetism that you or a colleague might wish to attend.  These will focus on Electricity & Magnetism Labs & Demos.

Saturday, Jan 25 @ Loyola Marymount University 

Saturday, Feb 1 @ University of San Diego


Of Course, these workshops are Free! With Free Materials!! Free Lunch!!! and Free Parking!!!!

Please do share this email with someone who might benefit from help teaching (or understanding) Electricity & Magnetism. There are so many wonderful demos and labs and we give the new teachers the materials to perform them!

It might be easier to just say

Thanks,James LincolnDirector

Call for Officers – Open Positions

Dear SCAAPT Members,There will be an election at the Spring SCAAPT Meeting next year and you may be interested in running for one of our officer positions.  On our website, you will find a list of current officers and a description of each position. you would like to be considered, or would like to know more information of the duties required of an SCAAPT officer, please contact current president Cliff Gerstman. You can also read our constitution on that page.

Sincerely,James LincolnPast-President SCAAPT

PhysicsCon 2020 Conference – Jan 4 – Call for Papers

Dear Physics Teachers of Southern California,

The 2nd Annual PhysicsCon will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Caltech in the Feynman Lecture Hall.  This academic conference will celebrate physics with many talks and presentations.  Below is a list of some of the conference highlights, more information is to be found at

If you would like to contribute a talk or show & tell, please use this RSVP Link

PHYSICS CON 2020: Celebration of Physics

The Dangerous Experiments of Benjamin Franklin

Attend a Feynman Lecture on Physics(James Lincoln as Richard Feynman)

@PhysicsFun of Instagram  

Caltech Physics Demo Show

WORKSHOP: BEST Labs and Demos for AP PHYSICS A Physicist on Vacation

WORKSHOP:  New Demonstrations & Experiments in Modern Physics and Electricity



Please REGISTER if you would like to attend. 

Website Link

Registration Link

T-Shirts are also available at the Registration Link==========================================

Sincerely,James Lincoln, Director

SCAAPT Fall 2019 Meeting

The Fall meeting is this Saturday, Oct. 19th. This is the last call for lunch orders to be placed for the meeting, the form will no longer be available after Wednesday, Oct. 16th at 10 pm. Please place your lunch order before this time and we hope to see you at the meeting!

Lunch Order Form

Part-Time Instructors Needed at MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College in north San Diego County is currently looking for qualified part-time physics and astronomy instructors for this spring. Classes begin January 21, 2020.

We have openings for several courses in our calculus-based physics series and in out astronomy program.

We are also accepting applications on an ongoing basis to increase our pool of available part-time physics and astronomy instructors.

To apply, go to and click on “Search Jobs” in the menu on the left. Search using “physics” or “astronomy” in the “keyword” field.

Contact Erika Peters ( with any questions, and feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.

Bill Layton to receive the SCAAPT “Bill Layton Award”

The Officers of SCAAPT have voted to create “The Bill Layton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Physics Teaching in Southern California” and in this first award ceremony, we are presenting it to its namesake, William J. Layton.  The ceremony will take place during the business meeting of SCAAPT’s Fall Meeting at Santa Monica College on next Saturday October 19, followed by a brief speech given by the recipient.  Please see the attached announcement.RSVP for the Meeting Here

STEP UP Physics Workshop

STEP UP (Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics) is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, and professional societies.

STEP UP is a collaborative effort between the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Florida International University (FIU) and Texas A&M University Commerce. We design high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college.

Drawing on research evidence, STEP UP will mobilize thousands of high school physics teachers to reduce barriers and inspire young women to pursue physics degrees in college. The goal is to increase the representation of women amongst physics bachelor’s degrees and begin to shift deep-seated cultural views about who does physics. High school may be a critical period, particularly in the US, since physics is delineated as a separate science course at that time and students are getting close to deciding on their majors.

For more information and how to RSVP for the workshop see the flyer below.

STEP UP FlyerDownload

SCAAPT Fall Meeting: Saturday, October 19 at Santa Monica College

You are invited to the SCAAPT Fall Meeting held on Saturday, October 19 at Santa Monica College. The meeting will feature exciting invited talks from the following:

Chuhee Kwon (CSU Long Beach) will present materials from the Get the Facts Out campaign toward changing the conversation about STEM teaching careers.

Scott Fraser (Long Beach CC) will discuss the underwater robotics program at Long Beach City College

Laura Tucker (UC Irvine) will introduce the work she has done in peer mentoring at UC Irvine

Patrick Lincoln ( will present “The Physics of Global Warming and Positive Feedback Loops”

Along with a wide array of contributed talks from fellow SCAAPT members, Show-and-Tell your favorite physics demos, the World Famous Order of Magnitude contest (“How many atoms of Carbon are in all of the statues in the United States?”) and much more.

The meeting schedule can be found here: SCAAPT Fall 2019 Meeting

Please RSVP and make your make your lunch orders, lunch orders need to be received by Tuesday 10/8. If not enough people sign up by Tuesday, lunch will be on your own at local restaurants (suggested options will be provided)RSVP and Lunch Order form