Assistant/Associate Professor of Science Education

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

St. Cloud State University is currently soliciting applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in Science Education having a start date August 17, 2021. The successful candidate will join a program committed to excellence in teaching and dedicated to preparing the next generation of science educators. The undergraduate science education program is housed within the College of Science and Engineering and includes majors in Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physics, and Chemistry. The position will be an integral part of the faculty delivering content and preparation of science educators. The position will regularly collaborate with professional education faculty in the School of Education, and other content education faculty for program development. The position will provide leadership and management of licensure requirements to teach Science Education in K-12 schools within the state of Minnesota.

The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a professional goal to become an outstanding teacher-scholar through the use of research-based, best-practices pedagogy. They are expected to teach using both in-person and alternative delivery methods such as online and hybrid. They will regularly engage in ongoing professional development and innovation opportunities focused on pedagogical growth.

The successful candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitment to our mission, and in particular, the value we place in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as outlined in SCSU’s It’s Time strategic framework. Notably, we uphold the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and engage in intentional actions to address systemic inequities throughout the university and surrounding environment. DEI values, practices, and strategies are embedded into the fabric of our institution and campus community, and they align with the priorities expressed in the Minnesota State system’s Equity 2030 initiative. SCSU expects all of its employees to help advance these practices and to contribute to the development of an anti-racist, inclusive community.

Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization.

In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignment effectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3) continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)

Job Description

The primary responsibilities include teaching Science Education undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching content methods and pedagogy courses, supervising field experiences including student teaching, advising students in these programs, supporting Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)-related accreditation activities, and managing labs related to teaching responsibilities. In addition faculty will be expected to teach content courses in their related field as needed and assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree in Science Education or closely related field (ABD with degree completion by August 17, 2021)
  • A minimum of three years contractual experience in 5-12 schools as a science educator
  • Content expertise in at least one of the following: Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, or Biology; with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in that content area
  • Effective communication skills
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to Chemistry or Physics educators
  • Teaching experience in Higher Education (2 or 4-year school)
  • Supervisory experience of student teachers in a higher education setting
  • Experience with PELSB or other external program review processes
  • Teaching or other work experience which supports their content area specialty
  • Experience with STEM outreach programs
  • Record of securing grant and external funding
  • Experience with English Language Learners
  • Experience with multiple modes of delivery for instruction including co-teaching, senior-to-sophomore, online, hybrid, etc.

Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor’s degrees were first offered in 1925. Master’s degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.

Additional information on St. Cloud State University can be found here.

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Interim Title IX coordinator at St. Cloud State University is Judith Siminoe. For additional information, contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 121



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