Assistant Professor-Tenure System – East Lansing, MI

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education

Position Summary

The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a dynamic and interdisciplinary science educator to join our tenure-stream faculty at the assistant professor rank as part of our ongoing priority initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We are particularly interested in scholars who engage with critical and/or anti-racist perspectives in their research, teaching, and service, with an eye to reducing inequities that undermine science education as a tool for promoting educational justice. We are looking for applicants with strengths in secondary science education, with additional scholarly interests including but not limited to: equity and social justice, innovative community and field-based teacher preparation, the bridging of in- and out-of-school learning experiences, environmental sustainability, computational thinking, research-practice partnerships, and policy. The college is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide national and international leadership in science education by building on our department’s long-standing record of excellence in research, teacher education, graduate education, policy, and curriculum development. As such, the applicant should be able to contribute to research, teaching, and service in science education or science teacher education.

The individual who assumes this position will carry out an active program of research and regularly pursue external funding; develop and teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses in science education and teacher education; and continue to build capacity focused on the department’s Core Principles Statement. Additional duties will vary depending upon University and academic unit needs, as well as the candidate’s experience and interests. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members in ongoing projects within the College of Education, the CREATE for STEM Institute, the College of Natural Science, as well as across the University and in the K-12 community.

In their statement of interest, applicants should provide information about the following:

a) area(s) of expertise in science education;

b) record of, or potential for, significant accomplishments in science education research on one or more of the topics listed in the position description above;

c) experience or interest in working with prospective and practicing secondary science teachers in linguistically, culturally and economically diverse settings;

d) record of, or potential for, obtaining and leading funded research projects;

e) ability to collaborate with faculty to contribute to existing strengths and initiatives in the Department

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Science Education or related field

Minimum Requirements

1. An active record of scholarship in science education with attention to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or educational justice, commensurate with level of experience.
2 .Evidence of/potential for obtaining external funding.
3. Evidence of accomplishment in research, teaching, and service commensurate with experience.
4. A record of science teaching experience with students in secondary grades.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Professional and/or academic experience in multicultural and diverse educational settings
  2. Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teacher preparation
  3. Demonstrated commitment to working with culturally diverse populations/communities
  4. Prior university teaching experience
  5. Experience in the use of technology for instructional delivery, including online course delivery.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, three examples of scholarship, and names and contact information of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Visit our department website ( for more information.

We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to any of the search committee members:

Terrance Burges ([email protected])s, Search Committee Co-Chair

Amelia Gotwals ([email protected]), Search Committee Co-Chair

Gail Richmond ([email protected])

Christina Schwarz ([email protected])

Vaughn Watson ([email protected])

Grace Tukurah ([email protected]

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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