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Assistant Professor

Portland State University
Oregon, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Brief Description of Portland State University and The College of Education:

Portland State University (PSU) is an urban university and Oregon’s largest, located in the heart of the vibrant city of Portland. PSU educates over 27,000 students and offers programs for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees. PSU is an internationally recognized urban university known for excellence in student learning, innovative research, and community engagement. PSU contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the Portland region and beyond. Employees describe Portland State University as a vibrant, diverse, progressive place to work and an environment that welcomes process improvement and innovation. Portland State’s 50-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant centers of culture, business, and technology.

“Equity-driven research, teaching, and practice” is the motto of the College of Education (COE), Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive college of education. In the next five years, the COE will be nationally recognized for working collaboratively with the surrounding communities, Tribal Nations, and our students to advance equity and excellence in education and counseling through our engaged research activities, and our community-centered and culturally responsive professional-preparation programs with innovative models for preparing diverse professionals who are critically engaged global citizens.
The COE mission is to prepare students to advance lifelong learning in diverse learning environments, including schools, postsecondary institutions, community organizations, and social service and health agencies:

Portland State University serves the most racially diverse student population of any institution of higher education in Oregon and aims to center anti-racism, intersectionality, equity, and inclusion. The College of Education (COE) has adopted specific goals to combat inequity, which are outlined in the Educator Equity in Teacher Education Institutional Plan. The individual in this tenure-line Assistant Professor position will have an important role in preparing critical educators with the capacity to implement anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices that drive social change for equity and inclusion. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) educators and/or multiply-minoritized people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will be able to:
• Develop and/or teach courses in science education, secondary science methods, and/or teacher preparation through varied formats including in-person, online, and hybrid
• Build and maintain partnerships within local K-12 school districts that host our teacher candidates and which may be focused on Science and other STEM fields.
• Advance a scholarly agenda related to their field within STEM education, e.g., science teacher preparation and/or science teaching and learning.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Earned doctorate in science education, educational leadership, teacher education, or education-related equivalent  from an accredited program by time of start date.
• Experience in STEM education, specifically focused on life and/or physical sciences and pedagogical knowledge for science instruction
• Experience teaching in a middle or high school or equivalent.
• Evidence of scholarly accomplishment and ability to articulate scholarly agenda.
• Experience working in diverse settings and demonstrated commitment to equity.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with and demonstrated commitment implementing critical pedagogy and addressing issues of social justice, working with diverse students, staff, and constituents.
• Experience with and demonstrated commitment to implementing inclusive teaching practices and critical pedagogies within one’s own teaching practice.
• At least 3 years of successful experience teaching in a secondary school setting.
• Experience teaching one or more of the following: science education, natural and/or physical sciences, and/or teacher preparation coursework.
• Experience in teacher preparation, clinical supervision, or community partnerships
• Evidence of experience fostering community relationships and engaging in collaborative learning with students, community partners, staff, and colleagues.
• Evidence of program or project coordination in schools or university settings.
• Experience and commitment to using educational technology for teaching, learning, course development and/or online instruction and to support student learning.
• Experience writing grant proposals and/or implementing an externally funded project.
• Ability to mentor doctoral candidates and teach in the doctoral program.

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