Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Science Education Postdoc, Mizzou

Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Education
ReSTEM Institute & Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum

The ReSTEM Institute: Reimagining & Researching STEM Education and the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Education invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in Science Education. The postdoctoral position will provide opportunities for research and outreach related to K-12 science teaching and learning. The successful applicant will work with faculty, students and staff in the ReSTEM Institute, a STEM education research and outreach center housed within the University of Missouri College of Education (

•       Contribute to the implementation of a grant-funded professional development program for middle and secondary science and mathematics teachers.
•       Collaborate with faculty, graduate students and classroom teachers to advance a research program related to the teaching and learning of science in the context of societal issues.
•       Contribute to the preparation of grant proposals and to the administration of funded projects.
•       Support ongoing outreach efforts to promote K-12 student learning and interest in STEM.
•       Author scholarly publications.

Required Qualifications:
•       Ph.D. in science education or a closely related field;
•       An emerging record of scholarly productivity.

Candidates will be evaluated on:
•       A strong background in educational research methods.
•       Interest and experience in issue-based teaching and learning.
•       Experience teaching at K-12 and university levels.
•       Effective communication and collaboration skills.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Appointment: Non-tenure track postdoctoral fellow, twelve-month appointment beginning August 15, 2016. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewing for a second year.
About the College of Education: The College of Education is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 1,100 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students with 74 tenured/tenure-track and 27 full-time non-tenure track faculty members. The College recently completed a new strategic plan and is financially well positioned to invest in opportunities for innovative ideas in support of the plan. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $15.5 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.
About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1848, MU became the first public university in the nation to open a college specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Department, College, and MU. More information is available on the web

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 130,000 that has been rated by Money Magazine, Men’s Journal andMSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 35,500, and is designated as a Carnegie Research University with very high research activity. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine, and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.

To Apply:  Apply on-line at and submit the following: 
•       A letter of application that addresses the candidate’s interest in the postdoctoral position, overall qualifications for the position, and an explanation of how this opportunity will help prepare the candidate’s future career interests and professional goals.
•       A curriculum vitae (the CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section.
•       A statement of research interests that describes the scholar’s research agenda including projections of how this agenda will develop within the next few years.
•       Three letters of reference should be sent directly (electronically) to Marilyn Soucie (

Questions may be directed to:
Search Committee Chair – Dr. Troy Sadler
Professor of Science Education and Director of the ReSTEM Institute
University of Missouri
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-2190
Phone: 573-882-3544
Beginning Review Date:  Formal review of applications will begin April 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.