Department Chair, STEM Education

The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide (ERAU-W) seeks a dynamic, nationally recognized academic leader who will serve as Chair for the Department of STEM Education. This position will include a tenured faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank. The successful candidate not only will lead the existing faculty and programs, but also will guide a strategic college wide focus area in STEM Education. The STEM Education Chair will provide leadership to COAS faculty already working to build academic programs and research initiatives that span department, college, and campus boundaries.

As a tenured faculty member in COAS, the successful candidate will maintain an exemplary level of research and scholarly activity. S/he will fill a critical leadership role within the College and across the Worldwide campus, with the responsibility and resources to promote academic programs that fill a nationally identified need. The appointee will lead all efforts associated with developing interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Department of STEM Education, including recruiting new faculty, establishing industry and other external partnerships, working with faculty to secure external research funding, and leveraging opportunities to work with departments across the University in a co-curricular team environment. The new STEM Education Department Chair will be provided ample time and resources to accommodate responsibilities of leadership, program development, and management for this broad interdisciplinary faculty team.

The STEM Education faculty are committed to the expansion, improvement, and advancement of undergraduate STEM teaching and learning research and education. The department is searching for a leader who can assist in developing the unit’s reputation in innovative and evidence-based approaches to undergraduate STEM instruction and learning. With a primary focus on the early onset of the higher education experience (i.e., the first two collegiate years), the department is dedicated to research on learning practices, processes, structures, and methods while offering students engaging and impactful educational opportunities.

Working closely with STEM Education are the other COAS departments: Applied Sciences; Humanities & Communication; and Security & Emergency Services. In addition to degree programs, COAS annually provides over 2,000 sections of general education courses as part of every degree program at ERAU-W, with a focus on developing students’ capacity in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, and collaboration. The Worldwide campus has an enrollment of 23,000 students, delivering courses globally online via Canvas, synchronously via EagleVision to both homes and classrooms, face-to-face at over 130 locations, and in a blended format. ERAU-W earned the #1 ranking in 2019 for Best Online Bachelor’s programs from U.S. News & World Report, and has held this prestigious position for three of the past five years.

 Position and Application Requirements
A strong background in one of the STEM disciplines with a doctorate in a related field is required. Candidates should demonstrate appropriate leadership experience in STEM Education, and have a distinguished academic record that will qualify them for appointment to a tenured faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank.

Review of applications will begin December 2, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled; expected start date will be in Summer 2020. Applications should include a current CV and a detailed letter discussing experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with COAS and the position. Candidates are required to secure three professional letters of recommendation as part of the application process, to be submitted confidentially by the references to the Search Committee Chair. Application materials should be submitted electronically at Questions and professional letters of recommendation can be directed via email to Dr. Debra Bourdeau, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected].