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Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is seeking a cohort of four dynamic, critical scholars as Tenure Track faculty for Fall 2022, to join Penn State University's College of Education in its efforts to "combat and actively dismantle persistent, both cloaked and visible, systemic racism."

This position is one of four being advertised at this time. As outlined in the strategic plan guiding the College's ongoing efforts, we are committed to transforming educational systems as a part of our endeavor to create a more equitable and just education system for the people of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Current departmental faculty are in the midst of building and strengthening community, rethinking and revitalizing existing curriculum, and engaging in exciting research efforts to facilitate these and other processes moving us toward the goals of the strategic plan. We seek colleagues whose research, teaching and service commitments are poised to contribute to educate for change as evidenced by their professional portfolios.

The successful candidates will comprise a cohort of synergistic scholars whose professional efforts will complement one another as we work collectively as a Department and College to transform the ways we prepare teachers to ensure candidates are ready to cultivate equity-driven and inclusion-oriented learning spaces. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research is anchored in critical and transformative paradigms and theories such as Critical Race Theory, Raciolinguistics, BlackCrit, TribalCrit, LatCrit, and Black feminism, among others.

Position Details

The Science Education faculty is excited to add a new member to our community. The position is a tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level with an expectation of participation, including teaching, in undergraduate and graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction.

We are interested in candidates with expertise in science education that would complement our current strengths, including but are not limited to: supporting science learning and teaching in marginalized communities; ELL science learning and teaching; the social, cultural, and historic relationship between inequity and science or science education; or science or science education with a social justice orientation. The position offers opportunities to prepare pre-service teachers and provide leadership for secondary science teacher education, including contributing to a newly forming teacher-in-residence program. Faculty members normally teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, with opportunities to teach both online and in-residence courses. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in recruiting and mentoring graduate students interested in Science Education and to develop and teach graduate courses relevant to Science Education and/or the Learning Sciences.

The university and surrounding community offer opportunities for developing scholarly collaborations. Community and school partners include the Penn State Arboretum, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania children's science museum and Rivet makerspace, the State College Area Schools, the Hazleton Integration Project, Youth Engineering Solutions, and emerging hubs for STEM education that partner with communities across the Commonwealth. There are also opportunities within the University including the Consortium for Social Movements and Education Research and Practice, the Rock Ethics Institute, and the Center for Science and the Schools.

  • Develop and maintain a research program in Science Education with the potential for or demonstrated track record of external funding, commensurate with experience.
  • Teach courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, supervise doctoral students in their programs and research, and supervise graduate teaching assistants.
  • Contribute to Science Education undergraduate and graduate programs through residential and online instruction.
  • Provide service, outreach, and leadership to the University, educational institutions, agencies, professional organizations, and learned societies.

Required Qualifications:
  • An earned doctorate in science education or an equivalent degree by the appointment start date
  • Substantial graduate study in science education
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity and justice
  • Potential to develop and maintain a research agenda in science education
  • Willingness to teach residential and online courses in Science Education and Curriculum and Instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Potential for obtaining external funding, commensurate with experience.

Preferable qualifications:
  • Experience teaching science at the secondary level
  • Interest in design of learning environments or curriculum in secondary science settings
  • Experience facilitating professional learning of prospective or practicing teachers
  • Interest or experience advising undergraduate or graduate student research
  • Experience with use of digital technology in science education

Applicants must submit a cover letter documenting qualifications for the position, a current CV, up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications, and contact information for at least three references (including name, address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers). Please combine all materials into one PDF and upload as a single file.

Applications received by January 16, 2022 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage applications from individuals who are members of underrepresented groups.

For questions, please contact: Dr. Scott McDonald (, Curriculum and Instruction, Search Chair.

Apply online at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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