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Assistant Professor of Science Education

University of Memphis
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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The College of Education, Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership, is seeking to add a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Science Education with expertise in secondary science education or a closely related field (with a research emphasis in science education) beginning August 15, 2022.  The applicant’s teaching practice should demonstrate commitment to and experience with (1) secondary science methods; (2) diversity, social justice, and equity in order to promote effective teaching; (4) culturally relevant and sustaining practice; and (5) comprehensive and sustained professional growth opportunities to enhance professional practices involving diverse populations. The desired candidate will have a background in the content area of secondary science education, scholarship in the field of science and STEM education, and experience in teacher education, professional development, and field-based learning experiences.  The candidate should have a commitment to teaching and service at a large research-based institution that integrates high leverage practices into their coursework and professional development.  Ideally, the candidate should have knowledge of the edTPA, university teaching experience, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments, and classroom teaching experience in middle or high school science.  Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. QUALIFICATIONS


  • Earned doctorate (obtained by August 1, 2022) in science education or a closely related field with a research emphasis in science education
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching a minimum of 3 years in the 6-12 setting
  • Demonstrated content knowledge in science (e.g., a bachelor's degree in one or more of the science disciplines, or equivalent)
  • Evidence of or clear potential for a high-quality research program
  • Commitment to the educational and cultural needs of diverse populations


  • Experience working on externally funded projects
  • Experience working with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Experience with the design and implementation of integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education
  • A record of external funding
  • Expertise in teacher professional development
  • Experience preparing candidates for the edTPA
  • Expertise in the use of technology in instruction
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Experience with online instruction


  • Teach and supervise face-to-face and online secondary science and STEM related graduate courses
  • Engage in research, writing, and other scholarly activities related to science education
  • Implement a significant on-going program of focused scholarly research and publication, including collaborative efforts
  • Provide service and leadership to national professional organizations, the university, college, and department
  • Provide professional service and outreach to surrounding community partnerships and schools
  • Chair and serve on master’s and doctoral Committees

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The position is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment with options for paid summer teaching and administrative responsibilities. The University offers an excellent benefits package, and the state of Tennessee has no state income tax. Memphis and the surrounding areas maintain a very low cost of living relative to most parts of the country. The anticipated date of employment is on or before August 15, 2022.


Review of applications will begin October 20, 2021 and may continue until the position is filled. The department welcomes a diverse set of applicants. Applications are to be submitted electronically at Applicants are required to upload (1) a detailed letter of application describing their teaching, research, and service interests, and their leadership and administrative experience; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four references. Applicants will receive a confirmation number when all application materials are submitted in workforum. Letters of reference and official transcript will be requested upon interview. Address inquiries and nominations to [insert search chair’s name and contact information]. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies 


The Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) offers undergraduate degrees that lead to both licensure and non-licensure tracks. The department also offers graduate degrees leading to licensure with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and non-licensure options with the Master of Science (MS), and Doctorate of Education (EdD). In addition, the department also offers nationally recognized certificate and endorsement programs. We also benefit from strong partnerships with three university-affiliated lab schools—The UofM Early Learning & Research Center, Campus School, and University Middle which collectively serve over 500 children from PreK to 8th grade. The College of Education is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and innovation and seeks to prepare students for careers as educators, practitioners, researchers, and leaders in their respective areas. The University of Memphis is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of two public research universities and the only community engaged public university in Tennessee. It has seven colleges and six professional schools serving a diverse population of over 20,000 students, including 4300 graduate students. The University is strongly committed to its urban mission and outreach programs and recognizes the diverse and integrated role played by each faculty and administration in fulfilling a comprehensive mission of research, education and community outreach. For additional information please see the websites of the university (, the college (, and the department (
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