Position Description: DBER in Chemistry or Physics & Astronomy

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Science and Mathematics Education Faculty Cluster at the University of Utah:
Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) in Chemistry or Physics & Astronomy


The University of Utah aspires to become a center for world-class scholarship in math and science education. Our long-term goal is to have education scholars embedded in each of the four departments in the College of Science. In the current phase of this multi-year strategic hiring initiative, we are seeking up to three faculty members who could be appointed in Chemistry, Mathematics, and/or Physics & Astronomy; joint appointments are possible. This is the position description for Discipline-Based Education Researchers in Chemistry or Physics & Astronomy; please visit the search website (www.csme.utah.edu/2018-search) for links to the associated Mathematics Educator position as well as the education vision statements for all four departments in the College of Science.

Successful candidates will work as a collaborative team of education-focused scholars to advance two priorities: 1) improving and enhancing undergraduate education in math and science; and 2) increasing the number and/or improving the efficacy of K-12 math and science teachers. Selected candidates will be affiliated with the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) and will work closely with other members of the cluster as well as existing faculty, staff, and students in the College of Science and College of Education.

We invite applications at any rank in Chemistry or Physics & Astronomy; rank will be determined based on qualifications.  We seek accomplished scholars who are also committed to providing a world-class education for all our students. Ideal candidates will have: 1) a doctorate in chemistry, physics, astronomy, or closely related field, OR a masters in one of these fields plus a doctorate in science education; 2) a strong record of science education research connected to classroom practice; 3) experience teaching at the undergraduate level using inclusive, evidence-based instructional practices; 4) a commitment to equity in science education; 5) experience developing or managing collaborative educational programs; and 6) excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills. Successful candidates will be well-versed in contemporary issues in DBER. We will consider candidates who are strictly DBER scholars as well as those pursuing two lines of research  – one in their scientific discipline and one in science education.

Recent University of Utah investments in science and mathematics education make this an exciting time to join our collaborative enterprise.  Three early-career scholars in the College of Education have nucleated a strong research core to complement existing programmatic efforts across campus.  The Crocker Science Center, a new integrated science facility, has catalyzed a number of education initiatives in the College of Science, including a college-wide Learning Assistant program, an integrated science core curriculum, a STEM transfer student program, a college-wide internship program, course-based undergraduate research experiences, etc.  In addition, several cohort-based math and science teacher-education programs have been developed in recent years to improve teachers’ content knowledge and their ability to deploy evidence-based inclusive pedagogies. These investments occur against the backdrop of large enrollment increases at the University of Utah, resulting in a more diverse student body from a broader range of academic, geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and life-experience backgrounds.  We seek colleagues committed to inclusive excellence who will make a lasting impact on math and science education at the University of Utah.

Application process and timeline:

Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2018 and the application portal will close on October 31, 2018.  Applications for Science DBER positions must be submitted through the University of Utah application portal (http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/81396); applicants for the Experienced Mathematics Educator position within this cluster must apply through MathJobs. Applications will be evaluated by departmental subcommittees who will forward a list of finalists to a central Executive Committee with representatives from all College of Science departments as well as the College of Education. The Executive Committee will select interviewees and make hiring recommendations to the appropriate department(s) in the College of Science.

Please upload the information described below into the application portal:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this opportunity and summarizing your qualifications. Be sure to specify the Science department to which you wish to apply.
  • Your complete academic curriculum vitae.
  • A research statement describing your scholarship interests, accomplishments, funding record, and future research trajectory. Include a description of how you might leverage your research program to broadly impact science education at the University of Utah.
  • A teaching statement describing your educational philosophy and experience.  This statement should also include specific examples of how you utilize inclusive, evidence-based instructional practices. If applicable, you should also describe any prior experience developing, managing, or otherwise furthering collaborative educational programs or projects.
  • Up to three examples of scholarly work that best illustrate your strengths in science education.

Applicants for the rank of Assistant Professor should include contact information for at least three references who will submit letters on their behalf by the application deadline. References will be contacted at the time the application is submitted. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor should include contact information for references ONLY if they wish them to be contacted at this time.  For more information, please visit the search website at www.csme.utah.edu/2018-search or contact the search coordinator, Emily Gaines, at emily.gaines@utah.edu.

About the University of Utah:

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.