Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in Science Education


Date Posted August 29, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in Science Education

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum


The Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Missouri (MU) invites applications for two open-rank positions in Science Education. We anticipate hiring two science educators at the assistant, associate, and/or full professor levels (9-month academic, tenured/tenure-track appointments beginning August 15, 2015).


Successfulcandidateswillwork withinternationallyrecognized,award-winningfaculty intheMU Science Education group( is home to five tenure-track science education faculty members including four faculty with joint appointments in science departments (Biochemistry, Biology and Physics). The group also includes a non-tenure track science education faculty member who specializes in STEM outreach and evaluation.


The MU Science Education group has an excellent reputation for research, grant activity, and science teacher education. The group coordinates an undergraduate science teacher education program leading to certification opportunities at the middle level (grades 5-8), secondary level, or both (5-12). We also contribute to the Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs through science education methods courses and specialized content courses for preservice elementary teachers. Our alternative certification program, SMAR2T, leads to a master’s degree for middle and secondary preservice science teachers ( We also have a large doctoral program in science education with a long history of supporting the development of researchers and science teacher educators.



  • Establish and engage in a productive research program in science education that yields high-quality scholarly publications;
  • Secure external funding for research and service projects;
  • Teach science pedagogy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as seminars in the Ph.D. program;
  • Advise and mentor graduate students;
  • Contribute to academic programs related to science education; and
  • Contribute to the national visibility, stature, and impact of the MU Science Education group.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in science education or a closely related field;
  • A minimum of three years of successful teaching in elementary, middle and/or high school contexts
  • A demonstrated or emerging record of scholarly productivity.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current funding or potential for obtaining external funding;
  • Experience in effective teaching at the university level;
  • Online course development and teaching experience.


Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Appointment: Tenure-track, nine-month appointment beginning August 15, 2015.


MU, a Doctoral/Research Extensive Institution, is the flagship institution of the University of Missouri four-campus system and is located in Columbia, a community of approximately 115,000. Within two hours driving distance to St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is rated as one of the best small cities in the U.S. by Money Magazine, and is frequently listed as one of the best places to live by national publications. MU enrollment is approximately 35,000 and the College of Education is one of 18 schools/colleges at MU. The College is home to approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students, and 85 tenured/tenure-track faculty members. Supporting cultural diversity is an important goal for the college and the university. More information is available on the web at:


Application Procedures:

Apply online at Upload (a) letter of application in which candidates describe in detail their qualifications for the position, (b) graduate transcripts (for applicants who do not currently hold a faculty position), (c) copy of a sample scholarly publication, and (d) a narrative statement describing the applicant’s research agenda and approach to teaching in the attachment section of the application. Please upload your (e) CV in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section. (f) Three letters of reference should be sent directly (electronically) to the search committee Chair:


Dr. Troy Sadler


303 Townsend Hall

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65211


Telephone: (573) 882-3544   Fax: (573) 884-2917


Closing Date: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2014, and will accept and review applications until the position is filled.


The University of Missouri-Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. To request ADA

accommodations, please contact the College of Education at 573-884-5124.


Visit the University of Missouri’s jobs website at


How To Apply

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