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Assistant Professor of Biology Education

Governors State University
University Park, IL

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Faculty, Tenure Track

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Faculty, Tenure-track

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Assistant Professor of Biology Education

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Position Summary:

Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences announces a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Secondary Biology Education beginning as early as the Spring 2023 semester. The Division of Science, Mathematics and Technology offers undergraduate majors and minors, graduate degrees, and post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates. The successful candidate will join a dynamic faculty, working collaboratively between the education and science programs.As a Minority Serving Institution we seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, interest in advising non-traditional and diverse student populations, evidence of potential scholarship consistent with tenure-track expectations, and professional service via projects, committees or other leadership roles.This full-time position will have the following responsibilities:

  • teach secondary science (biology and chemistry) methods courses;
  • assist with secondary education field experiences (Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, and Social Sciences):
  • maintain and/or establish district partnerships;
  • place candidates for early field experiences;
  • observe micro-teaching lessons;
  • supervise Secondary Science student teachers;
  • teach introductory biology or chemistry courses and/or labs.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Biology OR a Ph.D. /Ed.D. in Education. An M.A. or M.S. in the reciprocal field is highly recommended, but comparable experience will be considered. The candidate must hold a secondary teacher license and have a subfield or extensive training and experience in teacher education. The ideal candidate will teach undergraduate courses in Biology/Chemistry and Secondary Science teaching methods, and must have advanced knowledge in educational technology, curriculum design, and best instructional practices for teaching diverse learners.Preferred qualifications include familiarity with the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), and edTPA or similar performance assessment(s). Candidates should also have a knowledge of teaching reading in the content area, social emotional learning, and teaching English language learners.In order to be a leading candidate in this search, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, the candidate must be fluent in the English language, be able to communicate well, demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in teaching through a successful interview and/or classroom demonstration and be experienced in the use of innovative curricular approaches that are experiential, student-centered, and inquiry-based. They should also be prepared to advise students, maintain a program of scholarship, and provide meaningful service. Though the primary teaching assignment will be on campus on weekdays and evenings, the person hired in this position may be required to teach weekends, online, or at off-site locations.Candidates should submit a cover letter; a statement describing current scholarship and research interests; a statement describing teaching experience and teaching philosophy; curriculum vitae; unofficial transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate degrees; evidence of teaching licensure; and contact information for three references.Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies.GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. in Biology, OR a Ph.D./Ed.D. in Education; all degree requirements must be completed by December 31, 2022.2. Hold a secondary teacher license and have a subfield or extensive training and experience in teacher education.3. Ability to teach undergraduate courses in Biology and Secondary or Middle School Science teaching methods.4. Evidence of advanced knowledge in educational technology, curriculum design, and best instructional practices for teaching diverse learners5. Demonstrated knowledge of teaching reading in the content area, social emotional learning, and teaching English language learners6. Evidence of proficiency in teaching ability.7. Evidence of potential for strong record of scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. M.A. in Education (if Ph.D. in Biology) or M.S. in Biology (if Ph.D./Ed.D. in Education)2. Experience with non-traditional, first-generation, and/or traditionally underrepresented student populations.3. Experience teaching undergraduate courses in Biology and Secondary or Middle School teaching methods,4. Familiarity with the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and edTPA or similar performance assessment(s).5. Experience with teaching online courses.6. Demonstrated record of scholarship through publication and conference presentations.7. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.

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Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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