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SIX OPEN RANK, TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS, K-12 Integrated STEM Teacher Education (002930-2013)

Purdue University is transforming its STEM teacher education as it exists today—from a model of instruction in demarcated subject areas to a model in which teachers learn to integrate scientific inquiry, technological design, engineering design, and mathematical analysis as pedagogical approaches to STEM instruction. To this end, the Colleges of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Agriculture at Purdue University invite applications for six full-time, tenure-track, jointly appointed positions at the level of assistant, associate, or full professor to join the new K-12 Integrated STEM Teacher Education Initiative.  Specifically, we are seeking dynamic, innovative, and collaboration-oriented applicants for:

Three positions in Science Education: Majority appointment in the College of Education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction); Minority appointment in the College of Science (Department of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics)
  • One position in Technology Education: Majority appointment in the College of Technology (Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation); Minority appointment in the College of Education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction);
  • One position in Engineering Education: Majority appointment in the College of Engineering (School of Engineering Education); Minority appointment in the College of Education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction);  and
  • One position in Agricultural Education:  Majority appointment in the College of Agriculture (Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education); Minority appointment in the College of Education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction);
The integrated STEM teacher education initiative at Purdue is focused squarely on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics through the integration of engineering design and technological design. Successful candidates will be expected to make a strong contribution to advancing the integrated K-12 STEM teacher education initiative; build collaborative relationships with colleagues in the cluster hire and related disciplines; and provide leadership for ongoing efforts to transform K-12 teacher preparation in STEM disciplines.  

Purdue University is an ADVANCE institution, and the Colleges of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Agriculture are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including research, teaching, and engagement.

Required Qualifications: Applicants should hold an earned doctorate in a field related to STEM education. Commensurate with rank, we seek individuals who have established a nationally/internationally recognized and coherent research program, made significant contributions to their field through a wide range of scholarly accomplishments, obtained extramural funding to support research and innovative practice and demonstrated leadership in the field, or have the potential to do so. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and cross-disciplinary collaboration. They will be expected to engage in collaboration with other cluster hires and current faculty around the integrated STEM teacher education initiative at Purdue.   

Desired Qualifications: Applicants should have expertise related to K-12 teacher education in chosen field as well as innovative research, teaching and/or engagement plans in STEM integration. Preference will be given to applicants with K-12 teaching experience.  We also welcome applicants who would bring expertise in diversity and equity related to STEM education.

Position Description: Successful candidates will receive a 10-month academic year appointment, with some potential for other funded work and/or teaching in the summer. In addition, start-up packages will be offered.  The position responsibilities include:

  • Conducting signature collaborative research and disseminating results and ongoing findings via publications and presentations to local, state, national, and international professional organizations;
  • Seeking external funding in support of a focused research program aligned with the Integrated STEM teacher education initiative as well as other strategic initiatives for the University; the Colleges of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or   Agriculture; and centers including the Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM Education (CATALyST), Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC) and the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE);
  • Teaching undergraduate-level pedagogy and/or content courses as well as graduate courses in majority appointment, including the possibility for creating and co-teaching new integrated STEM teacher education courses and/or transforming existing courses to include more integration of scientific inquiry, technological design, engineering design, and mathematical analysis;
  • Recruiting, advising, and mentoring master’s and doctoral students;
  • Affiliating with the Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM Education (CATALyST) to support emerging integrated STEM teacher education programs.

Application: Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2013, and will continue until the positions are filled. A complete application includes: (a) a letter of application with a statement about the applicant’s perspective on how s/he will contribute to the Integrated STEM Teacher Education Initiative at Purdue, (b) current vita, (c) a narrative describing the applicant’s research program, (d) a narrative describing the applicant’s teaching philosophy, (e) three examples of scholarly writing (e.g., publications, conference papers, dissertation chapter), and (f) three letters of reference. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.education.purdue.edu/news/STEM-Faculty-Search.html. A background check is required for employment in these positions. Inquiries about the positions should be directed to Professor Lynn Bryan, Integrated STEM Teacher Education Search Chair, at labryan@purdue.edu.

Starting Date: August 18, 2014

Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2013, and will continue until the positions are filled. A complete application includes: (a) a letter of application with a statement about the applicant’s perspective on how s/he will contribute to the Integrated STEM Teacher Education Initiative at Purdue, (b) current vita, (c) a narrative describing the applicant’s research program, (d) a narrative describing the applicant’s teaching philosophy, (e) three examples of scholarly writing (e.g., publications, conference papers, dissertation chapter), and (f) three letters of reference. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.education.purdue.edu/news/STEM-Faculty-Search.html. A background check is required for employment in these positions. Inquiries about the positions should be directed to Professor Lynn Bryan, Integrated STEM Teacher Education Search Chair, at labryan@purdue.edu.

Integrated Stem Teacher Education Initiative:  Successful applicants will join Purdue University faculty in the integrated STEM teacher education initiative at Purdue, focusing their work on (1) building the leading research program on integrated STEM education, and one of the first to integrate a focus on issues of diversity and equity in K-12 classrooms; (2) creating integrated STEM teacher education courses, programs, and research programs that are at the forefront of teacher preparation across the STEM disciplines; (3) increasing the number of highly-qualified integrated STEM teachers and teacher educators, particularly from diverse backgrounds; (4) developing a network of partner school districts that support, encourage, and engage in the implementation of K-12 integrated STEM education initiatives; and (5) leading state and national level advocacy efforts to influence policy-making and increase public support of integrated STEM teaching and learning.

The University: Purdue, a leading land grant and research university, ranks among the 15 largest universities in the nation. The university has an enrollment of more than 38,700 on the West Lafayette Campus and more than 24,000 on regional campuses. It is located in West Lafayette, IN, 1 hour NW of Indianapolis and 2 hours SE of Chicago.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.