Friday, March 2, 2012

Director of T&L Center - Northern Arizona

Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL)

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks a visionary educator to serve as Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and to lead systemic reform-based efforts in STEM education at the local, state and national levels. The Director of the Center will hold the J. Lawrence Walkup Distinguished Professorship and will be responsible for addressing crucial needs in American society for excellence in science/math education. STEM education policy at the K-18 levels and its implementation throughout the science education curriculum are of critical importance to the work of this position.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is a teaching, research, evaluation, and curriculum-resource center and a professional development provider for science teachers and pre-service students across the NAU campus and for K-20 science teachers and informal educators statewide. The Director will oversee various programs in the Center including professional development programs, graduate programs in science education, and teaching certification programs including the NAUTeach program which the successful candidate will Co-Direct. The Director will also sit on the university’s Professional Education Unit Coordinating Council and will oversee the implementation of the science programs’ assessment plans and the reporting of student learning outcomes to the university and to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences and must effectively represent CSTL to the university administration, external constituents, and the public. The Director must support CSTL academic and professional programs through curricula and degree program management, must foster and encourage the scholarly agenda within CSTL including maintaining personal scholarly productivity appropriate for appointment as the Walkup Professor, and must interact with a diverse group of partners (federal, state, tribal, as well as external donors) to promote and expand programs. This will be a tenured academic year appointment at the rank of Professor. CSTL has a state funded office staff (5) and instructional staff (7), as well as a professional development staff (9) that is funded partially by state funds and partially by $1M in external funding.

Minimum qualifications are:

  • An earned doctorate in a STEM or education field with advanced study in both science and education.
  • At least six years of experience following the completion of the Ph.D. in professional and/or scholarly activity related to the missions of CSTL.
  • At least two years of higher education administrative experience including personnel supervision.
  • Professional credentials commensurate with appointment as Professor at Northern Arizona University (please see for requirements).

Preferred qualifications are:

  • Professional credentials commensurate with appointment as the J. Lawrence Walkup Professor (a Distinguished Professorship at Northern Arizona University).
  • A national / international reputation in science/math education.
  • Excellent teaching credentials at the university level.
  • Experience in obtaining and managing extramural funded projects.
  • Record of scholarship in science or mathematics education and demonstrated involvement in the policy issues of reform in science/math education in K-12 schools.
  • Proof of leadership experience in effecting educational change in science/math education.
  • A commitment to curriculum reform that contributes to improved science/math education at all levels.
  • Experience with teacher preparation programs.
  • Experience with NCATE accreditation and proven success with NSTA national recognition.
  • Experience at the public school level.
  • A commitment to support the multicultural needs of Northern Arizona University and the surrounding area.

The salary range for this position is $84,000 to $90,000 per academic year, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of preferred qualifications, and names and contact information for three to five professional references. Hardcopy materials can be sent to:

Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning Search Committee

Attn: Jamie Baxter

Box 5621

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5621

Applications as PDF files are preferred and can be sent to

For questions regarding the position please contact the search committee chair at Please note that professional references will be contacted only for the most highly qualified applicants, and that both a letter and a phone interview will be requested from those individuals.

This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2012.