Chair Professor in Education

Pennsylvania State University

United States


Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education and Professor of STEM Education

Penn State University

Campus/Location:University Park Campus
Campus City:University Park, PA
Date Announced:01/17/2020
Date Closing:open until filled
Job Number:93070
Classification:Exempt
Work Unit:College of Education
Department:Curriculum and Instruction


Position Available: Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education and Professor of STEM Education (with a preferred focus in Secondary Science Education and Learning Sciences). The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University seeks applications from individuals with scholarly interests and expertise at the intersection of the learning sciences and STEM education. STEM education includes education within one or across two or more of the STEM fields or integrations of those fields. The position is a tenure-track appointment at the Full Professor rank within the of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The purpose of the Waterbury Chair is to enhance the University’s commitment to the Commonwealth and provide the Chair the opportunity to continue and further scholarly excellence. The faculty member will join and provide leadership to a thriving Learning Sciences community in the College, including a recent cluster hire across three departments. The position offers opportunities to prepare pre-service teachers, especially in secondary science education, and to provide leadership for secondary education. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in recruiting and mentoring graduate students interested in STEM education areas and to develop and teach graduate courses relevant to science education, STEM education, and/or the learning sciences. The position also offers the possibility for collaborations across the Pennsylvania State University’s 22 Commonwealth campuses, as well as community and school partners such as the Penn State Arboretum, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Pennsylvania’s 500 K-12 school districts, and the Center for Science and the Schools. Beginning (Anticipated): Fall Semester, 2020. Appointment Conditions: This is a tenure-track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more. Penn State and the College of Education are committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage in individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Responsibilities: Conduct a nationally and internationally recognized research program in education in one or more STEM areas and/or the learning sciences; Seek and secure external support for research; Teach courses in Curriculum and Instruction, specifically within the secondary science teacher preparation program; supervise doctoral students in their programs and research; and supervise graduate teaching assistants; Contribute to undergraduate program in science education and graduate programs in STEM education areas through residential and online instruction, as well as recruitment and retention of graduate and undergraduate students; Provide service, outreach, and leadership to the University, educational institutions, agencies, professional organizations, and learned societies. Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in education in one or more STEM areas, in learning sciences, or in a related field; Substantial scholarly work in STEM education; Demonstrated commitment to the values of social justice, equity, and inclusion; Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising, including strong collaboration with graduate students in research and/or evaluation efforts; Evidence of a commitment to working collegially, across academic disciplines/units, and with individuals from diverse backgrounds; Willingness to teach residential and online courses in Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or Learning Sciences related areas at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and track record of externally-funded projects. The Pennsylvania State University: Penn State [http://www.psu.edu] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society`s public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked as one of the top college towns in the country by the American Institute for Economic Research. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. The College of Education: The College of Education [http://www.ed.psu.edu] at Penn State offers resident programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, online graduate degrees and certificates, and an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College`s research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College`s location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens. The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students, and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States. Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I): The Department of Curriculum and Instruction includes undergraduate programs in Secondary Education with options in Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, and English; Middle Level Education with options in Mathematics, Social Studies, and English; Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and World Language Education. The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction offers Ph.D., M.S., and M.Ed. programs with emphasis areas in Science Education; Mathematics Education; Curriculum and Supervision; Literacy and English Language Arts; Social Studies Education; Second Language Education; Language, Culture and Society; and Early Childhood Education. The Department offers an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Programs that result in a B.S. in Physics, Biology, or Mathematics and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in addition to qualification for secondary education teacher certification. C&I serves approximately 1500 students in residential and online degree and certificate programs. The Department embraces multiple research paradigms and values collaborative research that includes and transcends issues of K-12 education. Through this endowed professorship, we are seeking a colleague who will complement and enhance our existing commitment to research and practice and to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Faculty Working in STEM Education Areas: Education in the STEM fields is pursued in Curriculum and Instruction by faculty in Science Education, Mathematics Education and Engineering Education. The faculty investigate such phenomena as the intersections of computational literacy and scientific modeling; mathematical generalization when using technological tools; children’s spatial thinking and science practices in astronomy; use of mathematics knowledge in teaching; science as context for supporting emerging bilingual students’ learning; learners’ participation in authentic scientific discourse; science as a social and historical practice; engineering education for elementary and middle grades students; simulations and models to support geoscience learning; teaching of mathematical modeling; improv and rituals as tools for teacher education; and teacher learning of ambitious and equitable teaching practices. They partner with faculty in Learning, Design, and Technology; Astronomy; Mathematics; Geosciences; Statistics; Educational Psychology; and the Center for Science and the Schools to advance theory and practice in technology and teacher and learner experiences in STEM fields. Recent publications appear in Science Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Research in Science Education, as well as in books for Teachers College Press, Harvard University Press, and MIT Press. They regularly present their work at such conferences as National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Psychology of Mathematics Education, the International Conference on the Learning Sciences, and the American Educational Research Association. Working on projects with more than $82 million of external funding in the last ten years, they work closely with schools, districts, planetariums, and science centers. They also hold various leadership positions in the College. Application Procedures: Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for and interest in the position, a current CV, and the names and contact information of at least three academic references. Applications received by February 20, 2020 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will protect confidentiality of applicants. All application materials must be submitted electronically to https://psu.jobs/university_park/jobs/jobtype/academic. Search for “STEM Education.” For questions/clarification, please contact: Dr. Scott McDonald, Search Chair sum16@psu.edu.


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