Assistant Professor: STEM Education

Job description

San Diego State University’s School of Teacher Education (STE) invites applicants in STEM education with a focus in science to join our collaborative group of teacher educators. We are housed in the #1-ranked College of Education in the California State University system and offer programs at the undergraduate, teacher credential, and graduate levels. The excellence of our programs in the School of Teacher Education is built on our collaboration with our diverse school communities by promoting inquiry-based and culturally-responsive learning environments. SDSU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. SDSU’s Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE, provides a unique environment to encourage and support research collaboration among faculty in the College of Education and the College of Sciences.

The Position: The School of Teacher Education is searching for a tenure track assistant professor in STEM Education with expertise in science education. Position begins in August 2020.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate in Science Education or a closely related field. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2020.
  • K-12 STEM classroom experience.
  • Evidence of scholarship commensurate with academic experience.
  • Commitment to equity and access in education for all learners.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the department, college, and university.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Strong commitment to both research and teaching in STEM education.  
  • Experience or interest in seeking external funding.
  • Experience in teaching elementary and/or secondary science teaching methods.
  • Experience and/or scholarly interest in topics related to diversity and English Learners in STEM education. 
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in computer science education or engineering education
  • Experience or interest in delivering instruction using distance learning, online technologies, and learning management systems such as Blackboard or Canvas.

Tenure-track positions carry responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and service.


Appointment is for a 10–month assistant professor with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 95 areas, master degrees in 78 and doctorates in 22. The campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index as the No. 1 small research university in the nation.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university with a commitment to equity and inclusive excellence. Our campus is ranked No. 2 in institutions across the country serving Hispanic students. Our campus community is enriched by our diversity. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.  

The region boasts a sunny and temperate climate, beautiful beaches, and casual living in an intellectually rich environment. Additional information about the university is available at


The College of Education (COE, comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare education, community-service, and counseling professionals to provide the highest quality learning environments to ensure student and client success. Ranked first among all California State Universities and rated in the top 15% of Colleges of Education (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), the College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice. College faculty members engage in several highly regarded university centers and institutes, including the Center for Visual Literacies, the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, the Center for Teaching Critical Thinking and Creativity, and the Pre-College Institute.


Because SDSU began as a normal school, teacher education is central to the historic mission of the university. With nationally recognized research accomplishments and diverse expertise, the STE is academic home to 15 tenured/tenure-track faculty and more than 70 adjunct faculty and lecturers ( The STE offers programs at the undergraduate, teaching credential, and graduate levels. It serves undergraduate students through our liberal studies program. Our teacher credential programs prepare teachers using a cohort model. Teacher candidates are able to earn either a multiple subjects (elementary) or single subject (secondary) teaching credential. At the graduate level, the STE offers specialized master's degrees, including a mathematics and science focused-MAT, a COE-sponsored joint Ph.D. program in Education with Claremont Graduate University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on Science and Mathematics Teacher Leadership in collaboration with the Department of Educational Leadership. STEM Education faculty also have the option to join the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) that brings together faculty from COE with the College of Sciences and houses a joint Ph.D. Program in Mathematics and Science Education with the University of California - San Diego ( STE Faculty actively engage in externally-funded research and community service that are designed to improve student outcomes.


Applicants must apply via Interfolio: No paper applications will be accepted.

Application materials should include:

  • cover letter, addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications 
  • statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages double spaced)
  • statement of teaching philosophy/orientation, experience and interest (not to exceed 2 pages double spaced)
  • curriculum vitae;
  • names and contact information for three individuals who will submit confidential letters of recommendation

Screening of applications will begin November 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2020.

For further information contact:

Search Committee Chairs

Drs. Donna L. Ross and Meredith Vaughn

[email protected] and [email protected]

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out our help and support section or get in touch via email at [email protected] or phone at (877) 997-8807.

We welcome all candidates and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and US veteran status.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 10/16/2019
Application Due: 12/15/2019
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