Open Rank, Science Education

The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University is seeking one or more tenure-system faculty scholars at the assistant, associate, or full professor levels as part of ongoing priority initiatives in science education.  MSU is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide national leadership by building on our long-standing record of excellence in research, teacher education, graduate education, and curriculum development. The faculty in science education at MSU spans several academic units and works collaboratively to address cross-university needs and responsibilities. Joint appointments and other cross-departmental and cross-college arrangements are possible and encouraged.

We seek faculty candidates with primary research interests in science education, and we especially encourage applications from those with expertise in science teaching and learning in a variety of instructional contexts, teacher education at all levels, global/international studies, urban education, and educational policy. In addition, experience in use and application of technology in instruction or education is desirable.

Major Responsibilities 

Faculty who assume these positions will conduct research and inquiry and teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses. Additional duties will vary depending on departmental placement and rank, university and academic unit education needs, and the candidate’s experience and interest.  Faculty will be involved in continuing efforts to foster collaborations among the College of Education, other departments and unit on campus, and the K-12 community.  These are academic year positions with a proposed starting date of Fall 2011.


All candidates are expected to have an earned doctorate including emphasis in science education, a record of scholarly accomplishment through publication and success in obtaining and leading externally funded projects appropriate to stage in academic career, and participation in interdisciplinary work. National leadership in science education initiatives is desirable, evidence of capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research, and instructional life of MSU is essential. Candidates at the senior level should have an established record of accomplishments in research on teaching, learning, teacher learning, education reform, and/or education policy, including leadership in funded research.

We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to any of the search committee members:  Dr. Angela Calabrese BartonDr. Alicia AlonzoDr. Ameila Wenk GotwalsDr. Kyle Greenwalt, and Hosun Kang.  A complete application package consists of a cover letter, a curriculum vita, two representative samples of scholarly writing, and names of three individuals who can provide references. We also welcome letters of interest. All application materials must be sent in electronic form to the search administrative assistant at (indicate “Science Education Search” in the subject line).Please see the College web site ( for information about the college and this position. Review of applications and letters of interest will begin November 1, 2010, and will continue until the positions are filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Michigan State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.