Assistant Professor, Undergraduate STEM Education - College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide (ERAU-W) recently launched a strategic college-wide initiative in STEM Education. In support of this initiative, COAS is hiring two tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. Strong preference for these two new faculty hires will be given to candidates with research interests and experience related to introductory undergraduate mathematics and its connections to and impact on undergraduate STEM student learning. Combined with previously existing COAS faculty, these new colleagues will promote ERAU-W as a national leader in STEM Education and specifically in the role that undergraduate mathematics plays in the STEM pipeline.
In order to infuse high levels of energy and expertise into the launch of the new Department of STEM Education, the current search will add two new tenure-track faculty positions starting August 1, 2021. The two successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues within mathematics and across disciplines to advance the body of knowledge associated with undergraduate STEM teaching and learning, providing a fertile environment for faculty collaboration and excellence in scholarship. Subject matter expertise of selected candidates, in collaboration with existing faculty, will be used in the development of research initiatives and academic programs that transcend individual disciplines and span department, college, and campus boundaries. As part of the STEM Education faculty, the new assistant professors also will be asked to establish appropriate partnerships, working together to secure external research funding and leveraging opportunities to work with departments across the university in a co-curricular team environment.
Candidates should have background and experiences that can assist in developing the Department of STEM Education's reputation in innovative and evidence-based approaches to undergraduate mathematics in collaboration with associated partner disciplines. With a primary focus on the early onset of the higher education experience (i.e., the first two collegiate years), the department is dedicated to research on inclusive education, learning practices, processes, structures, and methods while offering students engaging and impactful educational opportunities. The new hires will have the opportunity to integrate with existing collaborative entities across the college, such as the COAS Virtual Environment for Communication: Teaching, Outreach, and Research (VECTOR) and the developing COAS National Center for Emergency Services. The COAS Strategic Directions can be viewed at https://worldwide.erau.edu/colleges/arts-sciences .
STEM Education works closely with the other COAS departments: Applied Sciences, Humanities & Communication, and Security & Emergency Services. In addition to degree
programs, COAS annually provides over 2,000 sections of general education courses as part of every degree program at ERAU-W, with a focus on developing students' capacity in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, and collaboration. The Worldwide campus has an enrollment of 23,000 students, delivering courses globally (primarily online via Canvas), synchronously via EagleVision to both homes and classrooms, face-to-face at over 130 locations, and in a blended format. ERAU-W has earned a Top 5 ranking during the past seven years for Best Online Bachelor's programs from U.S. News & World Report.
A doctorate in mathematics, mathematics education or a related field is required. Successful candidates must have a completed doctorate by the initial contract start date of August 1, 2021. A strong background in undergraduate mathematics education, but with experience and interest in the interactions between STEM disciplines, is desired. Strong preference will be given to candidates with an established or promising trajectory of research in teaching and learning within STEM Education that is focused on introductory undergraduate mathematics education.
Review of applications will begin October 19, 2020, and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications should include a current CV and a detailed letter discussing experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with COAS and the positions. Candidates are required to secure three professional letters of recommendation as part of the application process, to be submitted confidentially by the references to the Search Committee Chair. Application materials should be submitted electronically at https://careers.erau.edu/. Questions and professional letters of recommendation can be directed via email to Dr. Karen Keene, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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