Friday, March 6, 2009

AASWomen for March 6, 2009

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

1. Interview feedback question
From: Kartik Sheth []

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 (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 []

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 by May 31, 2009. Additional information may be obtained from Dr. Matt Mountain, STScI Director (410-338-4710, or Dr. Brad Peterson, (614-292-2022, 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 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

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5. Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Arkansas State
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 (

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 ( 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 (

For Additional Background Information Contact: Rent Consulting Group, LLC,

Applications: Applications must be received online at 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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6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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