Northeast Arkansas STEM Director
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR 9 MO
Working Title: Northeast Arkansas STEM Director
Type of Employment: Faculty
Department: School of Teacher Ed and Leadership
Division: Academic Affairs and Research
Proposed Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Position Summary: The STEM Center Director is a 9 month appointment, with a summer stipend. The Center Director will be responsible for conducting professional development for pre-service and in-service mathematics and science teachers and school administrators, as well as supporting Arkansas Department of Education mathematics and science education initiatives. In addition the Center Director will write grants to provide services and resources for teachers, administrators, and students.
In the College of Education, the Center Director will teach a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester.
In addition to responsibilities associated with teaching courses, the Center Director will:
- Supervise and support one mathematics specialist and one science specialist who are grant-funded by the Arkansas Department of Education, write, and direct STEM education grants, including managing funds and filing reports
- Plan, direct, and/or instruct STEM education professional development for pre-K-12 teachers
- Acquire, organize, and maintain math and science resources at the A-State Teacher Access Center
- Collaborate locally and at the state level with individual teachers and administrators, schools, school districts, Education Service Cooperatives, the Arkansas Department of Education, and universities to promote STEM learning and teaching
- Support out-of-school STEM activities for pre-K-12 students
- The Director also supports A-State teacher education faculty by providing materials and guidance with STEM lessons for their pre-service education courses
- The Director needs to have experience with Microsoft, Excel, Adobe, and Google and be willing to learn new technologies required by the university to support courses, the Rural STEM Education Center, and grant administration
General Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Some night or weekend work is expected
Other: The STEM Center Director will be expected to collaborate with faculty from both the College of Education and Behavior Science and the College of Science and Mathematics. They will be working closely with STEM Center Directors from across the state and the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The director will also be expected to work closely with the Education Cooperatives in the Northcentral and Northeast Regions, or the Crowley’s Ridge and Great Rivers Regions. The Director will also be working with the Arkansas STEM Coalition.
Knowledge/Skills/Ability: Successful candidates should have a teaching philosophy aligned with Arkansas State Standards for Mathematics and Science; knowledge and understanding of mathematics content and/or science content; knowledge of curricula, instruction, assessment and professional development instruction related to the fields of mathematics and/or science.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s of Science or Education in science education, mathematics education, computer science education, engineering education, STEM education, or other related field (Ph.D preferred); five years of teaching experience with science and/or mathematics in a K-12 setting; knowledge and understanding of national STEM standards and curricula; experience teaching university-level education courses; experience developing and leading STEM teacher professional development.
Arkansas State University is a public, multi-campus higher education system with enrollment in excess of 22,000 students. Approximately 14,000 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 approximately 67,000 and is located 70 miles northwest of Memphis (www.jonesborochamber.org).
EEO Statement: It is the policy of Arkansas State University to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, age, disability, genetic information, national origin, status as a veteran or other status protected by law; and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive continuing program of affirmative action.