Associate Director of Science Education

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Education Administration & Leadership
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
The Associate Director of Science Education oversees key aspects of the science curriculum in the FAS Division of Science, with a focus on physical sciences education, web/multimedia pedagogy, and research/assessment to improve science education.

Develops, implements, and assesses new educational initiatives in undergraduate science education
  • Leads internal reviews and assessment of key curricular offerings and innovations in the Science Division
  • In collaboration with faculty and instructional staff, leads research in science education, for both internal stakeholders and external audiences
  • Writes reports and manuscripts about outcomes of science educational endeavors
  • In collaboration with the Director of Science Education, writes grants to major funding agencies and oversees grant-funded activities

Curricular & Academic Planning in the Division of Science
  • Leads implementation of programming with science education constituents, including faculty, advisors, preceptors, staff, and a student advisory board
  • Works with department chairs and other faculty leaders on strategic academic planning and curriculum design
  • May teach (typically one course per year) with a Dependent Lecturer appointment in a relevant department
  • May represent the Division of Science on academic committees

Manages Lecture Demonstration group, Makerspace, and Visualization Lab staff:
  • Interviews and hires staff (4 direct and 3 indirect reports)
  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Conducts annual performance reviews and takes corrective action as needed. Full hire/fire authority.
  • Ensures smooth collaboration among these groups
  • Communicates frequently with faculty and other Science Division instructional staff about these key groups and roles
  • Develops budgets and monitors spending for these groups within the overall Science Education budget

Leads communications and publicity about Science Education
  • Oversees publication and dissemination of news about science education initiatives across multiple media (print, web, and social media)
  • Oversees Science Education web site
  • Represents the needs of undergraduate science education to the FAS and University administration
  • Collaborates with the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning to cross-publicize events and programming related to science education

Supports preceptors in the Science Division
  • Creates programming for training and orientation of new preceptors
  • May participate in preceptor searches at the invitation of the department
  • Supports preceptors with ongoing professional development
  • Includes preceptors in education-related research and assessment projects

Reports to the Director of Science Education. Works closely with faculty, department chairs, and administrators in the Division of Science; directors and staff of the Teaching and Learning Centers (Bok Center, HILT, and the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning); undergraduate students in the sciences; GSAS teaching fellows in the sciences; non-ladder faculty (lecturers and preceptors).

Additional Information

We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Working Conditions

Office. This is a student- and faculty-facing job that requires a significant on-campus presence (typically at least 4 days per week, depending on the academic calendar).

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 8 years' relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD in a physical sciences field strongly preferred (required for dependent lecturer appointment)
  • At least two years of experience teaching undergraduate science
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for, and expertise in, science education, ideally with a focus on the physical sciences
  • Combination of academic and administrative skills, with outstanding organizational skills
  • Experience in science-education-related research, publications, web, and multimedia communications
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and coordinate with many different administrative offices


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