Thursday, March 31, 2016

Science Education Specialist, Black Hill State, SD

Position Information
Type of Position:Faculty  
Posting Number:0007934  
Working Title:Science Education Specialist  
Position Classification TitleOther Non-Tenured Fac - 12 mo  
Institution:Black Hills State University  
Scope of Search:External (includes Internal)  
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Appointment Type:Regular  
Duration of the Term:12 months  
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Typical Hours Worked Per Week:40-50  
Appointment Percent:100  
Salary:$62,000 - $75,000 DOQE  
Posting date:03-29-2016  
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Posting Text:The Sanford Science Education Center is seeking an exceptional Science Educator to support and expand existing education and outreach efforts associated with the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

The Sanford Science Education Center is a Partnership of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, Black Hills State University, and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Its mission is to develop and facilitate rich, innovative learning experiences that
* deepen understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,
* engage and connect diverse audiences, and
* inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and educators.

In support of its mission, the Center draws upon and leverages the science and engineering of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the educational resources of Black Hills State University, the capacity for public engagement of the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, the human resources and unique facilities of all three institutions, and their setting within the Black Hills.

Educational audiences include K-12 students and teachers, university students, and members of the general public. A detailed job description will be developed based on the goals of the Center and the strengths and interests of the selected candidate. Potential duties include
* Hosting student groups at the Sanford Lab facility
* Providing educational programs within K-12 and university classrooms throughout the region
* Collaborating with K-12 teachers, university educators, scientists, and engineers in developing new programs and refining existing ones
* Producing instructional materials that connect underground science to K-12 and higher education settings

Required Qualifications:
* Doctorate in a science related field is preferred, a Master's degree in a science related field is required
* At least three years of experience teaching science at the K-12 or university level
* Exceptional communication and collaboration skills
* Self-directed, team-oriented, innovative, fun

Desired Qualifications:
* Expertise in teacher professional development, curriculum development, assessment, program evaluation, educational research, distance education, and/or education technology
* Leadership experience

Black Hills State University will serve as the employing institution for this position. Position is grant funded. Continued employment is contingent on performance and availability of funding.

Applications must be made at; attach a statement of interest, philosophy of education, resume, and names & contact information of 3 references. This position will close at 11 PM MDT on Tuesday, April 19th. For application assistance, contact Human Resources at 605.642.6545. Questions related to the position may be directed to June Apaza, hiring manager, at

BHSU provides an excellent benefits package, has a defined benefit plan that is currently more than 100% funded, no state income tax, and an exceptional quality of life.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation. BHSU is an AA/EEO employer.  
Department Description and Cultural ExpectationsBlack Hills State University is a masters-level state University with 4,500 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education. The University, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small towns in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities. A second location, BHSU-RC, was recently established in Rapid City, the state's second largest city. BHSU, a member of NCAA Division II athletics, offers 14 sports and has a legacy of champion rodeo teams.  
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