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Vacancy: tenure-track faculty member in science education

posted 2 Oct 2012, 04:14 by ICO Education   [ updated 2 Oct 2012, 04:16 ]
University of Michigan, School of Education, 610 East University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The School of Education at the University of Michigan seeks to appoint a tenure-track faculty member in science education. We are conducting an open-rank search for a scholar in secondary science education with an instructional focus on secondary teacher education for today's diverse classroom contexts.

Candidates should have strong disciplinary content knowledge in one or more disciplines in science or engineering along with expertise in and commitment to science teacher education. Preference will be given to candidates with K-12 teaching experience and who will contribute to the School of Education's commitment to the twin imperatives of diversity and equity. Candidates should be prepared to participate actively in the School’s endeavors to transform initial teacher preparation in science and consider how the University can support teachers’ learning across their careers. In addition, candidates should be prepared to contribute to a program of research and scholarship that will inform and be informed by a focus on learning in, from and for the practice of teaching and that seeks to build capacity for ongoing research and development in and on practice-based teacher education.

The new faculty member should address diversity and equity in both research and teaching. Candidates should, through their research, teaching, and/or service, contribute to the development of professionals who have the skills necessary to teach science effectively in a society that is increasingly diverse and whose schools are inequitably resourced.

The secondary science education position will focus on teaching and learning in secondary schools. The successful candidate will be positioned to provide leadership in our work in the reconceptualization of teacher education, but at the same time, should help to maintain and further our reputation for excellence in content-area teaching and learning.

An important component of this position focuses on graduate education. Candidates should be ready to occupy a key position in the science education unit within Educational Studies in the School of Education. Work at the graduate level will include, in concert with other faculty, teaching seminars in which science education students and other graduate students enroll, supervising exams and dissertations, and fostering the development of science education students as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators.

Prospective faculty members should also be prepared to teach science teacher education courses and, potentially, oversee field instruction in the undergraduate and master’s level teacher certification programs in secondary science.

Successful candidates will have:
  • A doctorate in science education, the learning sciences, or demonstrable equivalent
  • Strong disciplinary content knowledge
  • Experience teaching at the university level, including science teaching methods or equivalent, and a commitment to teacher education
  • A developing or established program of research and publication in science education
  • A commitment to research and publication that informs teaching and learning in under-resourced schools with diverse students
  • A sustained interest in collaborating with different constituencies in the School of Education, schools, communities, and the university to engage in design, instruction, and research in a coherent, practice-based teacher education program
  • A sustained interest in collaborating with a similar set of constituencies to design and engage in research projects
  • Familiarity with and capacity for developing and securing grants to support research
  • Experience teaching science at the middle school or high school level
  • The ability to make connections to other departments and organizations on campus (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and/or space science; the College of Engineering; the Institute for Social Research, particularly associated with research methods or assessment; etc.)
Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. We seek to make an appointment to begin in September 2013.
Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, two publications or writing samples that demonstrate scholarly accomplishment in science education, and the names of four professional references. We prefer that materials be submitted electronically to umscienceedsearch@umich.edu with the phrase Science Education Search in the subject line. For questions or hardcopy materials, please contact the search committee, c/o Ms. Terrie Priebe at the same email address.

***University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer***