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Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Science Education (Tenure Track)

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Oct 23, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction with a specific focus in science education. Upon accepting the position, you would join a community of science educators working to maintain a robust, nationally prominent science education research program at The University of Alabama. You would also work with other faculty to advise graduate students and to shape, oversee, and teach in science education and general curriculum and instruction programs. The science education faculty, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the College of Education, are firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and practice of equity and inclusivity in which diverse identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted.

About the University of Alabama and the College of Education

The University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 38,320 students for fall 2021, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately one fourth of UA’s freshman class scored 31 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2021 includes 281 National Merit Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 940 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.777 billion; 13,606 jobs; and $137.1 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage ( for more details on University activities and faculty supports.

Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website ( for more details of our impactful community and faculty support.

Life in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (e.g. West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Druid City Pride Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce ( to learn more about our wonderful city.

Growth and productivity as a researcher/scholar in science education, including advising graduate students to conduct research, is the most crucial responsibility for this tenure-­track position. To that end, the position includes support and scaffolding to help you achieve your research goals over time. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in science education (a total of two courses per semester) is an additional important responsibility. Collaborating with colleagues to manage and continually improve science education programs is also a facet of this position. Service and leadership at local, state, and national levels are expected. More specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and sustain a vigorous research agenda
  • Publish regularly in reputable peer-reviewed journals
  • Direct student research and dissertations
  • Pursue external funding to support your research
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and curriculum and instruction
  • Serve on student and faculty committees
  • Collaborate to innovate and develop undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Engage with schools and school systems through research, teaching, and service

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Capacity to generate and publish research in science education, growing over time as a researcher
  • Capacity to teach and mentor doctoral students as they conduct research
  • Potential to build a sustained research program leading to external funding
  • Ability to teach courses in science education and curriculum and instruction
  • Earned doctorate in education with a focus on science education by August 15, 2023
  • At least 2 years full­-time classroom teaching experience within PK to 12
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility in research, teaching, and service

Further information about the program and college is accessible at

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Jon Shemwell at

  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Starting Date: August 16, 2023

• Health and Life Insurance
• TIAA-CREF available
• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
• Summer employment available on an as needed basis

Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process: Please apply online at A letter of application, vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework, and up to three samples of professional writing are required to complete the online application process.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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