PhysicsCon – The Free Physics Conference

Dear Physics Teachers and Professors,


Orange Coast College Tenure-track Astronomy Instructor Position

Instructor, Astronomy

Salary: $52,394.00 – $124,911.00 Annually

Deadline: 2/7/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Job description and application:

Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure-track faculty member in Astronomy commencing with the 2019 fall semester.

Our department offers an Associate of Science degree in Astronomy, with a range of courses, from introductory surveys to a sophomore-level astrophysics class. Our day and evening laboratory courses teach students to set-up and use Dobsonians, solar telescopes, and computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. Our new planetarium complex will open in the near future and become a destination for OCC and K-12 students, the general public, and our campus community.

Desirable Qualifications:

A Master’s or Ph.D. in astronomy and/or astrophysics.
Recent experience teaching introductory astronomy lecture courses and/or laboratories.
Ability and recent experience teaching sophomore-level calculus-based astrophysics.
Successful teaching experience working with diverse student populations and various class sizes (including large lectures).
Ability and experience implementing research-based instructional techniques to improve student engagement, retention, and success.
Ability and willingness to set up and use telescopes (including solar) as part of instruction and/or public outreach.
Ability to develop and implement lecture and lab curricula using the capabilities of the Community Planetarium.
Capability to develop new curricula in astronomy, in such areas as exoplanetary science, extragalactic astronomy, and archeoastronomy, and scientific literacy.
Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom.
Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in Astronomy, particularly as it relates to the relevance of Astronomy to students’ lives, interests, and communities.
Ability to work with the department to develop a regular lecture series hosted in the Community Planetarium.
Experience mentoring students (especially at the community college level) who are engaged in independent research projects.
Ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidence-based assessment of student learning.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other faculty […]

New Physics Teacher Workshops – Jan/Feb

Dear Physics Teachers,

We will be having two Electricity & Magnetism Workshops in Jan/Feb for New Teachers.
They will be on SAT Jan 19 @ Mt SAC (Los Angeles) and SAT Feb 2 @ USD (San Diego).

You can fill out this RSVP FORM:

All this information can be found at . Also, If you came last year, you can come again this year because the material is different each year.


I hope that you like getting free lab materials.  The lunch will be extra delicious this time. And as always the parking is free.


James Lincoln

Lunch Registration Deadline is Saturday

Last call for lunch registration for the Fall 2018 Meeting on Oct. 27th. If you are interested in reserving a lunch for $10 from Rubios for the meeting, please fill out this form with your choice of burrito,  Lunch Order Form, by Saturday, October 20th.


Workshop Registration

Limited seating at the workshop RSVP now to reserve your place.


Santa Monica College Tenure Track Physics Instructor

Santa Monica College


Fall 2018 Workshop Registration Form link fixed

The original Workshop link was not working. If you would like to sign up you can go to the meeting website page here: Fall 2018 Meeting or you can follow the link below to go directly to the registration form.


Fall 2018 Meeting Registration and Workshop RSVP

The schedule for the Fall Meeting is now available on the meeting website Fall 2018 Meeting.


KITP (UCSB) Physics Teachers’ Conference, Feb. 16

Automating Insight @ Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa

Feb. 16, 2019, 8 AM-5 PM

The machine learning algorithms that make self-driving cars, virtual
personal assistants, and computer vision work are also changing how
physicists investigate matter at the quantum level. Teachers attending
the conference will first get an accessible introduction to the topic—no
quantum mechanics or machine learning background needed! Then, in
interactive lectures, they will hear world-class physicists explain how
they are using machine learning tools in their research.

AUDIENCE: high school physics teachers

COST: Free. Funds are available to assist with travel and lodging expenses.


CONTACT: Claudia Gutierrez, 805-893-6383,

SCAAPT Fall Meeting Registration

The fall meeting will take place on October 27th, 2018 at Mira Costa College, Oceanside Campus.

For more information, view the meeting website here: Fall 2018 Meeting

If you prefer you can go directly to the registration form here: Fall 2018 Registration Form

We hope to see you there!