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Faculty Position in STEM Education

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The Michigan State University Colleges of Education, Natural Science, and Engineering, and the Lyman Briggs College seek a tenure-system faculty scholar at the associate or full professor level in STEM education.

This position is part of an ongoing priority initiative in STEM education at MSU and, more broadly, the Global Impact Initiative to recruit leading scholars to the university. We are committed to strategically increasing our capacity to improve undergraduate education and to provide national leadership in STEM education by building on our long-standing record of excellence in research, graduate education, and teaching at the undergraduate level.

The faculty in both mathematics and science education at MSU span several academic units and work collaboratively to address cross-university needs and work on pressing problems in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at the college level. The successful candidate will have a tenure-system faculty position in the College of Education, College of Natural Science, College of Engineering or Lyman Briggs College, depending on which college and department most aligns with his/her area of expertise. A joint appointment across the colleges is possible.

The successful candidate will also work within the Institute for Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment and Teaching Environments for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CREATE for STEM), administered jointly by the Colleges of Education and Natural Science, which provides support across the university to engage in collaborative research.

The Institute was formed in 2010 with the goal of becoming a nationally recognized hub for research, policy and leadership in mathematics and science education. The Institute allows the building of unique collaborations among faculty in natural science and education to solve pressing problems in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Joint appointments and other cross-departmental and cross-college arrangements are possible.

The faculty member who assumes this position will provide leadership in STEM education, conduct research, and teach undergraduate, masters, and/or doctoral courses. The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with other faculty throughout the university to conduct research and seek external funding to support research in improving STEM education at the undergraduate level. Additional duties will vary depending on departmental placement and rank, university and academic unit education needs, and the candidate’s experience and interest. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty in ongoing projects across the university.

Required Degree: Doctorate

Minimum Qualifications: Earned doctorate in a science, mathematics or engineering discipline or in higher education with a science or engineering focus. Commensurate with rank, a record of strong scholarly accomplishment through publication and success in obtaining and leading externally funded projects is expected. National leadership in STEM education is necessary; evidence of capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research, and instructional life of MSU is essential. A record of a commitment to excellent teaching is also expected.

Desired Qualifications: Preference will be given to a full professor with a national reputation in improving STEM education at the undergraduate level.

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume/CV;
  • Reference list;
  • Writing Samples

Special Instructions to Applicants: Interested individuals should submit an application for this position through Careers@MSU and refer to position # 443870 and submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, three representative samples of scholarly writing related to STEM education, and the names of five individuals who can provide references. We invite inquiries and letters or emails of interest.

Please feel free to contact Professor Joseph Krajcik, director of CREATE for STEM and Search Committee Chair (krajcik@msu.edu), or committee members including Melanie Cooper (Chemistry, mmc@chemistry.msu.edu), Christina Schwarz (Teacher Education, cschwarz@msu.edu), Mark Urban-Lurain (Engineering Education, urban@msu.edu), Ryan Sweeder (Lyman-Briggs, sweeder@msu.edu) and Matthew Wawrzynski (Educational Administration, mwawrzyn@msu.edu).

Review of applications will begin September 30, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.

Please see the College of Education web site (http://www.education.msu.edu/) for more information about the college, CREATE for STEM, and this position. Department Web Address: http://create4stem.msu.edu/

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