Monday, March 25, 2013

TT or T in Science Ed at University of Illinois, Chicago

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor in science education, pending budget approval. The appointment  will begin on August 16, 2013 or later depending on when the position is filled.

The Department seeks a scholar who will successfully contribute to the educational and research programs that enact the College’s mission, values, and commitment to public education and to social, racial, and economic justice, attending to all learners but particularly those in urban environments. The College is committed to preparing the next generation of educators, educational leaders, and educational researchers to address the most pressing issues in urban schools and communities.

Candidates for the position should have an earned doctorate in education or a related field with an explicit emphasis on science or engineering education, at least one science or engineering related degree (BS and/or MS), and a record of exemplary teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate level science education courses. Teaching experience in K-12 culturally diverse, urban settings is strongly preferred. Candidates should also have a demonstrated commitment to preparing teachers to teach effectively in urban schools, particularly those serving African American and Latino communities, and a strong record of research that is relevant for and/or centers on schools, out-of-school organizations, communities, teachers, and/or students in urban settings. Evidence of supervising and/or mentoring doctoral students and securing or seeking external funding is necessary for appointment to the Associate level.

The successful applicant will (1) conduct research within her/his area of focus; (2) seek external funding; (3) teach undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses mostly related to science education; (4) advise master’s and doctoral students; (5) supervise doctoral dissertations; (6) engage in local and national service; and (7)serve on departmental, college, and university committees. The selected candidate will have teaching responsibilities either in the elementary or secondary science education programs, depending on her/his science and education expertise, and in a new PhD concentration in
Mathematics and Science Education. This concentration is organized around joint and discipline-focused coursework designed to prepare a new generation of scholars who can study and improve mathematics and science education in urban contexts, and especially for historically marginalized students, through critical, rigorous, and practice-based intellectual inquiry.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, candidates should complete an electronic application (, including a letter of interest that clearly describes the candidate’s primary research and teaching interests and the specific contributions that she/he would make to the College and Department, two scholarly publications or manuscripts, and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact information of three references by April 29, 2013.

Questions may be directed to Maria Varelas, Search Committee Chair