Assistant Professor of Science Education (Tenure Track)

Employer
The University of Alabama
Location
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Job Details

Requisition Number::

0813219

Number of Open Positions::

1

Position Title::

Assistant Professor

Other Title Information::

Assistant Professor of Science Education (Tenure Track)

Organization::

212401 - CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Position Summary::

Responsibilities :
Growth and productivity as a researcher/scholar in science education, including advising graduate students to conduct research, is the most crucial responsibility for this tenure-­track position. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in science education (a total of two courses per semester) is a further important responsibility. So is collaborating with other faculty to manage and continually improve science education programs. Service and leadership at local, state, and national levels are also expected. More specific responsibilities include:● Develop and sustain a vigorous research agenda● Publish regularly in reputable peer-reviewed journals ● Direct student research and dissertations● Pursue external funding to support your research● Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and curriculum and instruction● Serve on student and faculty committees● Collaborate to innovate and develop undergraduate and graduate programs● Engage with local schools and school systems through research, teaching, and service

Ad Text::

The University of Alabama
College of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Secondary Curriculum, Teaching & Learning or Elementary Education Programs


Position: Assistant Professor of Science Education (Tenure Track)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction with a specific focus in science education. Upon accepting the position, you would join a community of science educators working to maintain a robust, nationally prominent science education research program at The University of Alabama. You would also work with other faculty to advise graduate students and to shape, oversee, and teach in science education and general curriculum and instruction programs. The science education faculty, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the College of Education, are firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and practice of equity and inclusivity in which diverse identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted. About the University of Alabama and the College of Education The University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 37,842 students for fall 2020, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately 40% of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2020 carries an average high school grade-point average of 3.83, with more than 42.3% having a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.905 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage (https://www.ua.edu) for more details on University activities and faculty supports. Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website (https://education.ua.edu) for more details of our impactful community and faculty support. Life in Tuscaloosa The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (e.g. West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Druid City Pride Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce (https://tuscaloosachamber.com) to learn more about our wonderful city.
Responsibilities :
Growth and productivity as a researcher/scholar in science education, including advising graduate students to conduct research, is the most crucial responsibility for this tenure-­track position. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in science education (a total of two courses per semester) is a further important responsibility. So is collaborating with other faculty to manage and continually improve science education programs. Service and leadership at local, state, and national levels are also expected. More specific responsibilities include:● Develop and sustain a vigorous research agenda● Publish regularly in reputable peer-reviewed journals ● Direct student research and dissertations● Pursue external funding to support your research● Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and curriculum and instruction● Serve on student and faculty committees● Collaborate to innovate and develop undergraduate and graduate programs● Engage with local schools and school systems through research, teaching, and service
Minimum Qualifications:
● Capacity to generate and publish research in science education, growing over time as a researcher ● Capacity to teach and mentor doctoral students as they conduct research● Potential to build a sustained research program leading to external funding● Ability to teach courses in science education and curriculum and instruction ● Earned doctorate in education with a focus on science education by August 15, 2022● At least 2 years full­ time P­12 classroom teaching experience
Further information about the program and college is accessible at www.education.ua.edu.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Jon Shemwell at [email protected]

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2022

Benefits:
• Health and Life Insurance
• TIAA-CREF available
• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
• Summer employment available on an as needed basis


Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process: Please apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. A letter of application, vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework, and up to three samples of professional writing are required to complete the online application process.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

UA EEO Statement:

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.
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Search Initiation Date::

09/15/2021

Expected Starting Date::

08/16/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants::

Attach as three (3) separate “Other Documents”:
1. Document Number 1 – Names, addresses and phone numbers of three references
2. Document Number 2 – Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework (combine multiple transcripts into one document)
3. Document 3 – Up to three samples of professional writings (combine multiple writing samples into one document)

College/School/Division::

Education

Post To Ihe:

Yes

Organization

The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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