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Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
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Oct 25, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education

Michigan State University College of Education

East Lansing, MI, USA


The Department of Teacher Education ( in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a dynamic and interdisciplinary science educator to join our tenure-stream faculty at the assistant professor rank as part of our ongoing priority initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

We are particularly interested in scholars who engage with critical and/or anti-racist perspectives in their research, teaching, and service, with an eye to reducing inequities that undermine science education as a tool for promoting educational justice. We are looking for applicants with strengths in secondary science education, with additional scholarly interests including but not limited to equity and social justice, innovative community and field-based teacher preparation, the bridging of in- and out-of-school learning experiences, environmental sustainability, computational thinking, research-practice partnerships, and policy. The college is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide national and international leadership in science education by building on our department’s long-standing record of excellence in research, teacher education, graduate education, policy, and curriculum development. As such, the applicant should be able to contribute to research, teaching, and service in science education or science teacher education.

The individual who assumes this position will carry out an active program of research and regularly pursue external funding; develop and teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses in science education and teacher education; and continue to build capacity focused on the department’s Core Principles Statement ( Additional duties will vary depending upon university and academic unit needs, as well as the candidate’s experience and interests. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members in ongoing projects within the College of Education, the CREATE for STEM Institute, the College of Natural Science, as well as across the university and the K-12 community.

NOTE: The university is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more:

This is an annual position with a desired start date of August 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Required qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in science education or related field (degree conferred by August 15, 2023).
  • An active record of scholarship in science education with attention to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or educational justice, commensurate with level of experience.
  • Evidence of/potential for obtaining external funding.
  • Evidence of accomplishment in research, teaching, and service, commensurate with experience.
  • A record of science teaching experience with students in secondary grades.

Desired qualifications

  • Professional and/or academic experience in multicultural and diverse educational settings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teacher preparation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with culturally diverse populations/communities.
  • Prior university teaching experience.
  • Experience in the use of technology for instructional delivery, including online course delivery.

About the MSU College of Education

In the highly ranked College of Education, our community of scholars is committed to improving practice through the land-grant mission of Michigan State University. We conduct research that makes an impact on education, health, and well-being around the world. We welcome colleagues who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching, collaborate across fields of study, and strive to enact equity and inclusion in their work. Please see our website,, for more information about working in the college and a full list of open positions.

Instructions to applicants

Online application via is required, see posting #819687. Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, three examples of scholarship, and names/contact information of three references. The statement of interest should include: area(s) of expertise in science education; record of, or potential for, significant accomplishments in science education research on one or more of the topics listed in the position description above; experience or interest in working with prospective and practicing secondary science teachers in linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse settings; record or, or potential for, obtaining and leading funded research projects; and ability to collaborate with faculty to contribute to existing strengths and initiatives in the department. If you have any questions, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs: Terrance Burgess ( and Amelia Gotwals (

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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years. One of the world's leading research universities, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better, safer, healthier world for all while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Land acknowledgement

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg—Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The university resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.



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