Open Rank Professor in Science Education

Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 20, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Open Rank Professor in Science Education


The Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa invites applications for an academic-year tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor in the Science Education program.  The position will begin August 18, 2021.


We seek individuals with evidence of significant professional promise or accomplishment in research that impacts science education.  The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a robust program of empirical research; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science education; and advise MA, and PhD students. We seek applicants who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in education.

Education Requirement

Prospective candidates must have earned a doctorate in Science Education or a related discipline by August 1, 2021.

Required Qualifications

(1)  Evidence of scholarly productivity or promise of scholarly productivity (rank dependent); (2) potential for securing external funds for research, training, and program development; (3) experience in science education instruction; (4) interest in building partnerships across the campus and with local schools and communities; and (5) ability to work collaboratively and with diverse populations.

Desirable Qualifications

(1) Successful experience teaching in K-12 settings; (2) evidence of excellent teaching skills at the undergraduate and graduate level; (3) experience with both elementary and secondary science instruction, and (4) a record of securing external funds for research, training, and program development.


Major responsibilities include: conducting an active program or research and building a scholarly research agenda in education; design and teach undergraduate/graduate courses in teacher education and the Department of Teaching and Learning; and advise MA, and PhD students.  In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and secure external funding; contribute to national and international scholarship; be involved with local, state, and national activities that support the practice of science education; and participate in service to the program, department, college, and university. Faculty are required to engage in at least 4 hours a semester of collaboration with teachers in contributing to instruction in K12 classrooms.


Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.


Academic year (9 month) tenure-track appointment beginning August 18, 2021.


Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly writing, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts.  To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 74030.  Address inquiries or nominations to Brian Hand ( or call 319-335-5590.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Department and Science Education

The Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa has 40 faculty members and over 800 students. It includes nine teacher education programs and four doctoral programs. The Science Education program area includes degrees at the BA, BS, MAT, MS, and PhD levels as well as an online MS in STEM Education. Courses are taught for elementary and secondary teacher education in these content areas. These courses include learning abroad opportunities as well as field experiences in schools and through place-based learning trips. Science faculty regularly apply for and receive grants from external funding sources, such as NSF, NASA, and CGRER and conduct professional development for in-service teachers in innovations in science education

About the College

The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #34 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 32,500 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 11 colleges.  

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With more than 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

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