Monday, January 23, 2012

Science or Math Education Faculty at Notre Dame Institute (IN)


The University of Notre Dame seeks an entrepreneurially gifted leader to join the faculty of its Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) to develop a new initiative to promote excellence in science and math education. This initiative will serve as an organizing hub to explore ways in which Notre Dame can make a distinctive contribution in this critical area, engaging its faculty – including members of the IEI, College of Science, College of Engineering, and College of Arts and Letters – and faculty across the country to focus on improving K-20 science and math education for all students. The main goals of the initiative will likely include but not be limited to: (a) innovative research of teaching and learning in science and mathematics; (b) effective and sustained professional development for K-20 teachers of science and mathematics; and (c) establishing a clearinghouse of curricular, instructional, and assessment resources for science and math teachers in all educational contexts, but with an emphasis on serving under-resourced Catholic schools.

Candidates should have strong disciplinary content knowledge in one or more disciplines of science or mathematics along with expertise in and a commitment to teacher education and professional development. Applicants must have earned a doctorate in either a science or math discipline or in an education related field. The successful applicant will have a record of scholarly activity; experience writing and securing grants; teaching experience at the K-12 and university level; administrative experience; a history of working collaboratively on research and professional development projects; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; and a commitment to a culture of continuous improvement.

Candidates should be prepared to provide leadership in the development and implementation of a vision for the Initiative and will assume responsibility for building collaborative and resource capacity, creating an infrastructure for future work, and developing short and long-term strategic plans for improving K-20 science and math education. The successful candidate will also display the capacity to manage an active program of research and external funding for the Initiative as well as to develop collaborations among institutions, businesses, and schools to create programs that will most effectively improve science and math education for students in the United States, particularly in under-resourced Catholic schools.

Candidates should also be prepared to teach in the teacher education M.Ed. program sponsored by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). ACE Service Through Teaching is a two-year masters program that seeks to develop a corps of highly motivated and committed educators to meet the needs of our country’s most underserved elementary and secondary schools. The program annually places over 170 college graduates in over 100 parochial schools throughout the United States. Teaching responsibilities will likely include content methods courses and content-specific assessment courses. Other teaching opportunities through the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor, Education, Schooling, and Society, or through courtesy appointments in the College of Science or College of Arts and Letters will be encouraged.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning January 23, 2012. The appointment is anticipated to begin September 2012.

For full consideration, candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, two publications or writing samples that demonstrate scholarly accomplishment, and the names of four professional references. Materials should be submitted electronically to

The University of Notre Dame is an AA/EO employer. The Institute especially welcomes applications from candidates who are attracted to a university with a Catholic identity.