Teacher In Residence at PhysTEC Sites
Ball State University
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Florida International University
Seattle Pacific University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Western Michigan University
Look for external funding for your TIR. Several physics departments around the country have successfully leveraged corporate, foundation, and government support for one or more TIRs.
Use community outreach efforts to recruit TIRs. Finding a Master Teacher with the expertise you need at a particular time and then convincing him or her to leave the classroom for a year or more can be a challenging and time-intensive process. Universities have found excellent TIRs in many different places.
Look for a TIR among people already involved with your institution. Look to successful completers of your program or participants in workshops or summer institutes you have offered. Many will be accomplished teachers and some may be the risk taker you need for your TIR. Don’t overlook those who might be working as adjuncts or in a grant-funded position at your university.
Have your TIR mentor his or her replacement. School districts and principals are often, and understandably, reluctant to release a Master Teacher for a year. Your TIR can mitigate this to some extent by working with his or her replacement to make that teacher as effective as possible. Arizona and Ball State were both able to offer teachers coming out of their programs as TIR replacements, which helped greatly with their relationships with local schools and districts.
If you will be using a one or two year cycle, rather than a permanent position, use your current TIR to recruit your next one. Master teachers usually have lots of contacts in the local physics teacher community, and may be able to suggest some good candidates. TIRs have recruited their successors at Ball State and Arkansas.
Don’t forget the conventional recruiting strategies. Website job postings, mailings, and good old word of mouth are all effective TIR recruiting strategies.