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Teacher Education and Foundations, Assistant Professor in Elementary Science Education

California State University, San Bernardino
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 29, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Teacher Education and Foundations, Assistant Professor in Elementary Science Education
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 502098
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB's commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB's ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.

The Department of Teacher Education and Foundations (TEF) within the College of Education at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Science Education (Elementary Science) to begin August, 2022. The Department is seeking candidates who have a passion for taking leadership roles in developing new innovative programs, engaging in and promoting research in science education, and supporting University, College of Education, and Teacher Education & Foundations Department strategic goals, which include student success and partnerships with the community to enhance the social, economic, and cultural conditions of the region and beyond.


Candidates must have knowledge, skills and interest in elementary science education teaching, research and professional development. Candidates are expected to teach science education courses for elementary teacher candidates and graduate students. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements for excellence in teaching, active scholarly and professional work, and service to the University and community.

The successful candidate is expected to:

● Design and teach science education courses at the credential and graduate levels that emphasize high impact instructional strategies and current teaching and learning theories in science education;

● Work with credential and graduate students within a K-12 school setting;

● Participate in committee assignments at the department, college and university levels;

● Supervise student teachers;

● Engage in research/publication and/or creative activities;

● Advise, coach and mentor credential and graduate students;

● Participate in student recruitment to the credential and graduate programs

Qualified candidates must demonstrate active involvement and excellence in teaching and mentoring/supervising a diverse population of students; working collaboratively and productively with faculty, staff and administrators within and across programs, departments, and colleges at the university. Candidates are also expected to be actively engaged with the community (e.g., schools and school districts, county office of education, professional organizations, etc.)

In addition, new faculty are encouraged to develop and participate in activities that support the University's strategic plan. This plan emphasizes: a) student success; b) faculty and staff success; c) stewarding resources; d)community engagement and partnerships; and, e) enhancing the campus identity. CSUSB's Strategic Plan is available at


● Doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in science education or related fields such as STEM Education (Degree in hand by time of appointment)

● Science teaching experience at elementary level or experience with working with preservice/inservice elementary teachers in science.

● Demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university and to the profession

● Demonstrated content knowledge in science (e.g. A bachelor's degree in one or more of the science disciplines, or equivalent)


Candidates with the following qualifications:

● A doctorate degree with an emphasis in elementary science education

● An elementary teaching credential/license or equivalent experience in teacher preparation.

● Teaching science at the elementary level for a minimum of three years

● Research/publications and/or creative activities in the areas of science education

● Supervision of student teachers during their fieldwork

● Graduate or credential course teaching experience (or equivalent)

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

● Demonstrated knowledge/ability to integrate science across the elementary curriculum

● Development of new and innovative courses for credential and graduate programs

● Demonstrated ability to provide academic and career advising for students

● Demonstrated ability to integrate technology and teach courses online

● Demonstrated interest and potential to collaborate with school and /school district

● Interest in leadership in science/STEM education community

● Demonstrated ability/potential to secure external funds for research/projects

● Demonstrated ability/potential to collaborate with professional colleagues


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


To find out more about the Department of Teacher Education and Foundations, please visit

Department Chair:

Lasisi Ajayi

(909) 537-7603

Search Chair:

Xinying Yin

(909) 537-5696


Please submit
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes:
    a. A statement of your teaching philosophy

    b. A statement of your research experience and goals

    c. A statement of how you might contribute to CSUSB's Strategic Plan
  • If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.
  • Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
  • Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  • Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

  • Formal review of applications will begin October 4, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

    If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by sing this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

    Salary is commensurate with experience.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

    This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

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