Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Science Education
Tucson, AZ 
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Position Information

Title Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Science Education
Department Teachg Learning Sociocult Stds (3222)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

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 2020.

TLS 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. Our faculty are invested in community-based social justice through research, teaching, and service. 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, including support for first generation college students, students with limited income resources, students from borderlands, and students from Indigenous communities. 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.

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, and/or secondary science education.

The College of Education supports Inclusive Excellence, the UA's diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The appointee is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department, college, and university. The College of Education values its inclusive climate as we know that diversity in experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community.

The University of Arizona is built on the lands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples and is a designated Hispanic-Serving and American Indian and Alaska Native-Serving Institution. This acknowledgement and understanding will continue to strengthen our dedication to creating educational equity and opportunities.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; 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!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please .

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.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

*An earned doctorate in science education or a related field awarded by August, 2020.
*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)
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F22116
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/17/2020
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Kristin L. Gunckel - Search Committee Co-chair, kgunckel@email.arizona.edu
Dr. Barry Roth - Search Committee Co-chair, roth@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 10/21/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 11/15/2019
Special Instructions Summary

- Letter of interest outlining your qualifications for this position
- Statement of research interests (Maximum 3 pages, including references)
- Statement of teaching philosophy and goals (Maximum 3 pages, including references)
- Names and contact information for three professional references

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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The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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As soon as possible
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