Academic Program Specialist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The Ohio State University Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
4055 McPherson Lab
Street Line 2: 
140 W 18th Ave
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United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for an Academic Program Specialist to start in Summer 2023.The Academic Program Specialist will support the educational goals in the Department of Astronomy, as we seek to build one of the nation's top public university undergraduate major programs. The main responsibilities will include:

  • Instructional lead for laboratory sections of undergraduate astronomy courses. This includes recruiting, training, and weekly advising of the lab TAs and IAs, overseeing grading of lab assignments, communicating with students, coordinating with the lecture instructor, maintaining and adding to the exercises and materials for the labs, and monitoring lab sections and stepping in to provide support where needed.
  • Coordinate the department undergraduate research program. This includes organization of the summer undergraduate research program, assisting students to find other summer research opportunities, organizing undergraduate research seminars, and advising students who want to apply to graduate programs.
  • Support undergraduate teaching and curriculum development. This includes general education courses and a survey course for undergraduate majors, and working with faculty to develop new course offerings.
  • Other support of the undergraduate major program that includes: leading in astronomy and astrophysics major recruitment, developing and organizing an undergraduate tutoring program, serving as primary department contact for the graduate student-led Polaris program, and developing and maintaining contacts between the Astronomy department and its undergraduate and graduate alumni.

Qualifications:   A BA in Astronomy or Physics + 4 years or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A MA or PhD in Astronomy or Physics with 8 years of experience is desired. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus: The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at

Application Instructions:  Only applications submitted through the the Ohio State application portal will be cosidered:

Complete applications will include a (1) cover letter and (2) C.V. and publication list.

Review of applications will begin 19 May 2023 and will continue until the search is concluded. Inquiries should be sent to Ms. Kristy Krehnovi at [email protected]

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$49800.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$66400.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
The offer for this position will fall within this range based on internal equity, the unit's available budget and the candidate's qualifications.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 19, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Dr. David Weinberg
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Kristy Krehnovi
Academic Program Specialist Application