Sunday, April 12, 2020

Assistant Teaching Professor of Science Education, Physics Education/Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Graduate School of Education
Physics Education/Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program

Assistant Teaching Professor of Science Education

Closing Date: 05/08/2020

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education (GSE), seeks qualified candidates to join our nationally and internationally recognized Physics Education/Urban Social Justice Teacher Education program as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Science Education (Non-Tenure Track) in the Department of Learning and Teaching. Rutgers GSE recently launched our Urban Social Justice Program, which aims to develop a generation of teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach and advocate for all students and learn from the communities they serve. Rutgers Physics Teacher Education Program is an award-winning program that has been producing physics teachers that remain in the profession for over 15 years. It focuses on graduating physics and physical science teachers who are deeply versed in their subject matter, skilled in student-centered inquiry-oriented teaching methods and are active members of the professional learning community.

The successful candidate will assume an active role as a full-time member of the Science Education program and the GSE community.

Responsibilities will include

·      Coordinate physics and physical science teacher education program, recruit and mentor students in the program and teach 18 credits of physics/physical science methods or other education courses per calendar year.
·      Conduct research on the effectiveness of the program for accreditation purposes.
·      Work with colleagues in the GSE and Rutgers science departments to establish middle school science teacher preparation program, develop science methods courses for this program and teach 3 credits of science methods courses in it.
·      Work with colleagues in the GSE to strategically align physics/physical science and life science teacher education programs with the urban social justice mission of the GSE through program development and grant writing.
·      Maintain and further develop the existing community of physics educators – graduates of the program and expand it to include teachers from GSE Community School Partnership Network.
·      Engage in general service to the department of Learning and Teaching.
·      Engage in general service to the GSE.

Education and Experience Expectations:

We seek candidates for the Assistant Professor of Teaching position with an earned doctorate in education from an accredited university in Physics or Science Education and who have:
·      An undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in physics, astronomy or physical science.
·      At least 3-5 years successful teaching experience in high school science including physics in public schools preferably in urban settings
·      Working knowledge of and experience using Next Generation Science Standards

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and social justice issues in science education/higher education. Our school and university are especially interested in applications from individuals who are members of groups that have been and still are underrepresented in university faculty positions and in the field of physics/physical science. Salary and terms of appointment are commensurate with qualifications.

To apply:
The applicants should submit applications on line at
The application should include the following materials: (1) cover letter summarizing qualifications and motivation to be hired for the advertised position; (2) current curriculum vitae; (3) teaching and program development statement; (4) sample lesson plan for high school physics/physical science that you have taught with the reflection on how these lesson plans meet the NGSS; (5) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three individuals who may be contacted as references. Submit all these documents as separate document as pdf files. And the deadline is

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Executive Director, UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences

Executive Director, UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS)

The University of California, Los Angeles is seeking an individual to lead a campus unit that serves all 13 departments in the Life and Physical Sciences Divisions. The unit’s mission is to support a collaborative community of instructors committed to teaching excellence. In the five years since its inception, CEILS has become a national leader in innovative science pedagogy and in approaches to increase the inclusivity of science education.
The Executive Director would develop and implement a plan of activities to improve teaching, curriculum, and student success, annually develop and manage a budget to carry out the mission of CEILS, and supervise CEILS personnel. Specific responsibilities would include training activities such as workshops, seminars, institutes, and consultations in support of science instructors seeking to increase the use of evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices in their courses. The Executive Director is also expected to supervise, train, and evaluate all CEILS personnel, currently comprised of four full-time staff members, including a Senior Associate Director, a Senior Associate Director for Instructional and Professional Development, an Associate Director for Educational Development, and an Administrative Assistant, in addition to nine Instructional Consultants. The Executive Director will employ data analytics to inform departments about the success of their efforts to increase the equity and inclusivity of science education at UCLA. The incumbent will report jointly to the Deans of Life and Physical Sciences, with direct supervision by a lead associate dean in one of those Divisions.
The Executive Director will lead and contribute to the development of proposals for extramural funding, manage funded projects, publish scholarly work related to education research and assessment associated with those projects, oversee UCLA’s participation in the nationwide Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) online network in collaboration with UCLA’s Graduate Division, and serve as an expert advisor on university and national committees supporting science education. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to collaborate with departments within Life and Physical sciences, the campus-wide Center for the Advancement of Teaching within the Division of Undergraduate Education, other discipline-based teaching and learning centers on campus, the Graduate Division, and the Academic Senate to expand education innovation efforts campus wide, and engage in community outreach to build relationships outside UCLA.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, significant administrative experience, and proven expertise in evidence-based teaching and learning pedagogies as applied to the sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students. As a Lecturer with Security of Employment, the CEILS Executive Director will be a full member of the UCLA Academic Senate and have a secure faculty appointment in one of the Life and/or Physical Sciences Departments.
Candidates should submit the following: A Curriculum Vitae (with links to relevant publications), a statement describing the candidate's research in the area of science pedagogy, a statement describing their relevant experience and reflecting on their philosophy of teaching and learning, a statement of contributions to diversity, and names and contact information of three recommenders. All application materials should be submitted to: Review of Applications will begin April 15 and interviews will be scheduled for end of April 2020. If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Albert Courey, Physical Sciences ( or Associate Dean Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Life Sciences (
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Thursday, April 2, 2020



The Departments of Computer Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher to join a project that integrates learning sciences, virtual reality, and cyberlearning in STEM.  The title of the project is “Living Labs for Promoting Model-based Reasoning and Data Science Skills via Designing Energy-Efficient Buildings.” The postdoc will work with a team of engineers and discipline-based education researchers on a design-based research study to promote model-based reasoning and data science skills in the context of designing energy-efficient buildings.  Specifically, the postdoc will primarily focus on developing learning interventions that will engage students in the process of extracting, manipulating, analyzing data from sensors, and optimizing buildings via simulation.  The postdoc will also contribute to the data collection and data analysis procedures of the design-based research.

Minimum Qualifications: 1) PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Learning Sciences, or a closely related field, 2) Programming expertise and ability to learn data science skills, and 3) high interest in discipline-based education research.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with data analytics; Experience with Computer Aided Design tools; Experience with learning analytics; Experience with qualitative and quantitative methods; Experience writing and publishing in peer-reviewed journals; Ability to work on collaborative teams across multiple disciplines; Ability to communicate effectively.

To apply, please submit a single PDF file to Alejandra Magana, Ph.D. that includes: 1) a cover letter, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for two references.