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From: Charles Henderson <[log in to unmask]>
Date: April 24, 2009 1:49:14 PM GMT-04:00
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Subject: Chemistry Education Faculty Position at WMU
Reply-To: "RPE: Researchers in Physics Education" <[log in to unmask]>

Hi Folks - If you know of any qualified Chemistry Educators, we are hoping
to have two positions available, perhaps starting as early as this Fall.

Please forward the announcement below to anyone who you think might be

I'm happy to informally try to answer questions about the position.
Potential applicants may also wish to contact the director of the Mallinson
Institute, Dr. Bill Cobern ([log in to unmask]).



The Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University invites
applications for two faculty tenure-track assistant professor positions with
teaching and research interest in chemical education.  The positions are
subject to budget approval and will commence in the Fall of 2009.

Preferred candidates will have a Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical education
with an emphasis on preparing undergraduate and graduate students to
cultivate strong technical skills and to bring creativity to instruction in
chemistry.  The candidates will be expected to: conduct high quality,
externally funded research programs with our faculty, all of whom lead
research programs with some emphasis in areas such as environmental
chemistry, nanoscience, biochemisty, as well as with the faculty of the
nationally ranked Mallinson Institute for Science Education
(;  The candidates will also
be expected to teach in both the graduate and undergraduate education
programs, take the lead in the revitalization of our undergraduate
curriculum at the freshman/sophomore level, to supervise chemistry education
masters and doctoral students and to share the supervision and teaching of
chemistry for elementary teachers.

Both positions involve joint appointments to the Department of Chemistry and
the Mallinson Institute.  Although the job responsibilities will be shared,
one appointmee will officially focus on undergraduate chemistry and the
other on graduate chemistry education.  The working environment is highly
collegial with strong emphasis on cooperative research and development.
Salary and start-up funds are competitive.

Applicants should submit: their curriculum vitae, a list of four references,
brief statements of research and teaching interests to Chemical Educator
Committee, Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University, 3425 Wood
Hall, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5413.   Western
Michigan University, a student centered Research university, encourages
applications from underrepresented groups and is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Justification of the Chemical Educator Positions

           The positions of tenure track assistant professor specializing
in chemical education are necessary for a number of reasons.  First and
foremost is the need to overhaul the undergraduate curriculum to: improve
freshman/sophomore experience, modernize and coordinate the laboratories, as
well as improve both the recruitment and retention rate for undergraduate
majors, as well as in the engineering and teacher training courses.  The
chemical educators would also be expected to teach some of our course
offerings for the elementary and secondary school science teachers as well
as develop a graduate course in advanced methods of science pedagogy.  The
chemical educators would be expected to develop an externally research
programs in their own area of expertise.


Charles Henderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physics and Science Education

Physics Education Research Editor, American Journal of Physics

Western Michigan University

1903 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5252


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Julie Libarkin
Assistant Professor, Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Dept. of Geological Sciences & Division of Science and Math Education
Michigan State University
206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824