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Assistant Professor, Science Education (Tenure-Track)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona

Posting Number: req9910

Department: Teachg Learning Sociocult Stds

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) announces an opportunity to join our faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Science Education. The position begins August 2023.

We seek a dynamic science educator committed to addressing issues of social justice in science education, preparing teachers to enact ambitious and equitable science instruction, and advancing the field of science education research. The appointee must have a record of research, scholarship, and service applicable to multicultural environments in urban and/or rural settings as well as experience teaching science in diverse classroom settings. We are looking for applicants with strengths in elementary science teacher education and interests in any of the following areas: science education for bilingual learners, Indigenous science education, science in early childhood settings, secondary science education, and/or environmental and sustainability education.

The College of Education partners with diverse Arizona public school districts in urban, rural, and distance settings. The successful candidate will have the possibility of collaborating with world-class scholars from a multitude of disciplines to create far-reaching interdisciplinary agendas.

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies is a diverse community of internationally recognized scholars with a commitment to equity, access, and social justice. We are a leader in early childhood, elementary, and secondary teacher preparation; teacher professional development; environmental and sustainability education; and preparing leaders for educational settings outside the traditional school classroom. We attract a diverse and highly qualified student population to our undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs and we offer a variety of pathways to success. Our location in the culturally diverse Southwest United States and our long history of involvement with schools and communities provide rich settings in which to conduct field-based research and teacher preparation activities in the field of science education.

Applications will be reviewed on October 7, 2022 until position is filled.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build an externally funded program of research leading to recognition as a nationally known science education scholar.
  • Work collaboratively with TLS faculty to develop programs and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and science teacher education.
  • Interact with schools and community organizations to build productive partnerships.
  • Recruit and mentor graduate students to become successful teachers and researchers.
  • Contribute to department, college, and university-level service.
  • Advance the field of
    science education through local, national, and international community
    involvement and outreach.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in science education or a related field awarded by July, 2023.
  • An active record of scholarship commensurate with level of experience.
  • Evidence of potential for obtaining external funding.
  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Teaching experience in diverse classroom (pK-12) settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with diverse and/or minoritized populations, broadly defined.
  • Biliteracy in English/Spanish
  • Familiarity with the culture and context of the Southwest Border Region and Indigenous Nations

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Tenure Track (T/TE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Kristin Gunckel

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

For your application to be considered complete, please submit the following five documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae - Current and complete
  • Cover Letter - Outlining your qualifications for this position
  • In the first additional document slot: Statement of research and teaching interests that includes a description of how your research and teaching promote and contribute to the goals of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • In the second additional document slot: Two representative professional writing samples.

  • In the third additional document slot: Name and contact information of THREE References' phone number and email address.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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