K-12 Outreach Coordinator - Physics (A1700371)

Champaign, IL
Jun 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

K-12 Outreach Coordinator

Center for the Physics of Living Cells at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Physics invites applicants for a position as K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC), a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center http://www.cplc.illinois.edu/.

Primary Position Function/Summary

The successful candidate is expected to establish programs with local secondary schools that incorporate educational tools and scientific concepts from our Center laboratories into middle and high school science curriculum. This will involve training secondary school teachers and CPLC graduate students to write and lead lessons on the physical aspects of biology.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

• Work and interface with CPLC faculty, students, and postdocs and the Director of Education and Outreach to learn about Center research and apply it to outreach program development. Independently learn about CPLC research by attending weekly Center-sponsored seminars and student/postdoc symposia, meeting with faculty and reading their papers, attending when possible weekly Center faculty meetings. Work with Center graduate students and teaching fellows to use this knowledge to inspire lesson design and program development, for example, for the physics of life summer school for teachers.

• Build partnerships with local/regional schools, teachers, after-school organizations, science museums, and extension programs. Work independently to establish contacts and build partnerships with local teachers and schools and coordinators of STEM education in the unit 4 district and surrounding areas (Tolono, Mahomet, St. Joseph etc..) as well as directors of science museum such as the Orpheum Science Museum, teaching organizations (such as Illinois State Teacher Association). This end goal will be to establish a list of teachers to recruit to our physics of life summer school for high school teachers and to work with to develop classroom outreach programs such as the bilingual science education program.

• Coordinate existing and new CPLC-sponsored outreach programs with local secondary schools such as CPLC bilingual science education outreach program. Independently run the existing 5 th grade classroom at Leal Elementary School in Urbana. This will involve setting up classroom activities and lesson dates with the teacher and coordinating/supervising CPLC teaching fellows and graduate student volunteers to teach the lessons. Supervision will entail making sure the science is correctly taught and at the right level. Find opportunities to expand this program to other bilingual programs such as the International Prep Academy in Champaign. Build partnerships with other schools, and independently develop new classroom outreach programs including field trips with other schools.

• Supervise Center graduate teaching fellows and students/postdocs in CPLC-sponsored outreach programs and events such as the Physics of Life Summer School for high school science teachers. Direct the CPLC-sponsored outreach programs in schools and on campus with the help of CPLC graduate teaching fellows (two per year) and other CPLC graduate student and postdoc volunteers. Train and supervise these fellows in lesson development and also develop lesson activities independently. Work with Center faculty who will provide lectures to teachers in the physics of life summer school for teachers and in whose labs, many of the mini-research projects for teachers will be done. Work independently on these endeavors with CPLC director of education and outreach serving as a consultant. Supervise Staff by delegating tasks, approving leave time, approving time sheets and evaluating performance.

• Serve as CPLC outreach representative at conferences such as Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Illinois and National Science Teachers Associations (ISTA and NSTA). Work independently, this includes publicize research and outreach activities of the CPLC, recruit students and teachers to apply to our programs (including underrepresented minorities and women, and present posters and talks on our K-12 education outreach programs.

• Maintain K-12 and Public Outreach content on the CPLC website. Create content in the form of advertising and reporting on 1) Center outreach events such as bilingual science education program, physics of life summer school, and public outreach events such as genome day, 2) attendance of CPLC personnel at education conferences, 3) science education publications, and 4) science lessons. Content will be approved by CPLC director of education and outreach and posted by Office Administrator.

• Deliver K12 outreach presentations at required National Science Foundation (NSF) Site visits and Center External Advisory Board meetings. Create and deliver presentations on all K-12 and public outreach events on all K-12 and public outreach events detailing information on each program purpose and protocol, and CPLC participants, external participants and entities (e.g. schools), lessons, evaluations.

• Write section on K12 outreach for NSF annual report that summarizes annual K-12 and outreach events This will detail information on each program purpose and protocol, and numbers and names of CPLC participants and their contributions, numbers/names of external participants and their affiliations (e.g. local school), list external partnerships with schools and community organizations, lessons developed including web resources, conference presentations, science education publications, web-based dissemination of education products, program evaluations and future recommendations and plans. K-12 Outreach written summary will be edited and submitted to NSF by CPLC director of education and outreach.

Position Requirements and Qualifications

Required Education: Masters Degree in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, or a related life science, engineering, or science education discipline

Preferred Education: Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, or a related life science, engineering, or science education discipline

Required Experience: Experience in science education and outreach in any/all of the following areas: K-12, general public, and scientific communities.

Preferred Experience: Experience in science education and outreach in any of the following areas: K-12, general public, and scientific communities. Experience working with teachers and or teaching in K-12 classrooms. Experience in scientific writing. Experience in science lesson/project development. Experience in evaluation and outcome assessment.

Required Knowledge: Work independently and function within an interdisciplinary science community. Strong oral and written communication skills including presentation skills. Strong organizational skills.

Preferred Knowledge: Work effectively in public outreach arenas. Demonstrated ability to build, maintain diverse networks and partnerships.

Appointment Details

The K-12 Outreach Coordinator is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your letter of application, curriculum vita, and names and contact information of three references who can provide letters of recommendation by June 30, 2017. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Margie Gamel at mgamel@illinois.edu or at 217-333-3760. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Engineering
Category: Academic Professional
Title: K-12 Outreach Coordinator - Physics (A1700371)
Open Date: 06/16/2017
Close Date: 06/30/2017
Organization Name: Physics