Assistant Professor of Integrative STEM Education

Location
Kirksville, Adair County
Posted
Feb 10, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
The School of Science and Mathematics and the School of Health Science and Education at Truman State University are seeking applicants for one full-time, tenure-eligible faculty position in Integrative STEM Education to start August 11, 2014. This joint position is expected to start at the rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be prepared to support the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) programs in Science and Mathematics as they undergo integration with respect to some aspects of their curriculum and oversight. The responsibilities of this position include teaching a newly approved joint Management of Instruction course (STEM 608) to students in both degree programs; supervising internships and field experiences (travel is required); advising pre-MAE students in these two areas; working with other campus offices to recruit MAE students to science and mathematics; and teaching other courses (including introductory courses in science or mathematics or education) as needed or required depending on area of expertise. The successful applicant will also serve as a liaison between the two Schools, especially with respect to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) policies and their implications for MAE programs in science and mathematics. Scholarly activity is expected consistent with the teacher-scholar model and may vary according to the area of expertise. Required Qualifications: • A Ph.D. in a STEM discipline or closely related field. • Evidence of sustained work or the potential for sustained work in STEM Education. • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness across a variety of courses (e.g., introductory STEM courses as well as graduate-level courses). • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills. • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar, with graduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority. • Additional relevant experiences and preparation, including (but not limited to) prior secondary teaching experience, collaboration, consulting, and/or non-academic positions. Preferred Qualifications: • State certification at secondary levels (or eligibility for such certification) in a STEM discipline within the school of science and mathematics (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics) • Familiarity with the DESE policy environment. • Interest and/or experience in integrative STEM practices Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education; benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. Awarding of tenure and promotion to Associate and Full Professor is based on success as a teacher-scholar; a policy on promotion and tenure is available upon request. Program: The School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University consists of seven departments (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics), with 85 faculty members and 12 staff members. The School is characterized by a history of excellence and rigor in undergraduate education and a commitment to student development in a residential environment. The School of Health Sciences and Education consists of four departments (Communication Disorders, Education, Health and Exercise Science and Nursing). The Department of Education at Truman State University offers an initial certification program at the Master’s level only. Long-standing cooperation and support for the MAE program is evident between the two Schools. The faculty is housed in modern facilities in two buildings. This position replaces a long-occupied position (open due to retirement) with many of the same responsibilities; the faculty of both Schools recently worked together to successfully receive funding for 1.2 million dollars from NSF Noyce Teacher preparation program. The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) at Truman State University is a highly selective program with a proven record of quality teacher preparation. Truman State University has a long history of excellence in teacher education. Founded in 1867 as a private school to prepare young adults for teaching and commerce, the institution transitioned in 1870 to Missouri’s first state-supported institution of higher education established for the primary purpose of preparing teachers for public schools. Today the MAE program continues to reflect the university’s 100+ year commitment to quality teacher preparation. Deep and rigorous content knowledge coupled with an emphasis on reflective practice insures that Truman MAE teacher candidates are well prepared to meet the unique challenges facing today’s educators. For more information about the programs and Truman State University, please visit http://www.truman.edu/. The University: A vibrant community of teacher-scholars involved with a highly-selective student body, Truman is a residential university providing its approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and study-in-depth in 48 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Truman's students are well-prepared academically. Most have leadership experience and over 45 percent will enter graduate or professional education within a year of graduation. Over 20 percent of Truman students engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects, including participation in the annual undergraduate research conference. Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of educational opportunities that it offers to students and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. Truman, Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the 17th year in a row as the no. 1 Public University in the Midwest Regional category. The Washington Monthly ranks Truman as the no. 3 Masters’ University in the United States, reporting that, “Truman State is unusually successful in not just graduating students but also preparing them to make lasting contributions to society,[for] much less than the private institutions that are similarly ranked.” The Community: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the thriving regional center of northeast Missouri. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living. Within a few minutes’ drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible. Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air (www.flycapeair.com). Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from Kirksville to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles. AT Still University maintains dental and medical schools in Kirksville. More information about Truman State University can be found at http://www.truman.edu. Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Completed applications must include: • Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications; • Current curriculum vitae; • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development in the context of the MAE program; • Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity; • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); • Contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin March 17, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Questions about this position may be directed to Jon Gering, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics (jgering@truman.edu) or Janet Gooch, Dean of the School of Health Science and Education (jquizner@truman.edu). Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.