Open Rank, Mathematics or Science Education position

The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University seeks two tenure-system faculty scholars at the assistant, associate, or full professor levels in science and/or mathematics education as part of ongoing priority initiatives in mathematics and science education. MSU is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide national leadership in mathematics and science education by building on our long-standing record of excellence in research, teacher education, graduate education, and curriculum development.

The faculty in both mathematics and science education at MSU span several academic units and work collaboratively to address cross-university needs and responsibilities and work on pressing problems in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Faculty hired for these positions will work closely with the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education (IRMSE), administered jointly by the Colleges of Education and Natural Science. The Institute provides support for faculty from mathematics and science education and the College of Natural Science to engage in collaborative research. The Institute was formed in 2010 with the goal of becoming a nationally recognized hub for research, policy and leadership in mathematics and science education, aiming to encourage and support projects that address the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at all levels.

We seek faculty candidates with primary research interests in mathematics education, science education or mathematics/science teacher education, and we especially encourage applications from those with expertise in teaching and learning in urban contexts; elementary and secondary science or mathematics teacher education, global or international studies, educational policy, assessment, or early childhood mathematics or science education. Other specializations may also be acceptable. We seek individuals who have strong background knowledge in either mathematics or a science discipline. In addition, experience in the use and application of technology in education is desirable. These are academic year positions with a proposed starting date of Fall 2012. Joint appointments and other cross-departmental and cross-college arrangements are possible.

Major responsibilities. Faculty who assume these positions will conduct research, teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses, seek external funding, and participate in the doctoral program in mathematics, science and/or teacher education. Additional duties will vary depending on departmental placement and rank, university and academic unit education needs, and the candidate's experience and interest. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty in ongoing projects within the College of Education, across the University, and in the K-12 community.

Qualifications. All candidates are expected to have an earned doctorate including emphasis in mathematics or science education. Commensurate with rank, a record of strong scholarly accomplishment through publication and success in obtaining and leading externally funded projects is also expected. National leadership in mathematics or science education initiatives is desirable for individuals seeking the senior level positions; evidence of capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research, and instructional life of MSU is essential. A record of a commitment to excellent teaching is also desirable.

Interested persons should apply via the link at, posting number 5198. Please include a letter of application, curriculum vita, 2 samples of writing, and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2011 and will continue until the positions are filled. We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to any of the search committee members: Professor Joseph Krajcik  Director, IRMSE & Search Committee CoChair ([log in to unmask]), Professor Raven McCrory  Search Committee CoChair ([log in to unmask]), Professor Alicia Alonzo ([log in to unmask]), Professor Angela Calabrese Barton ([log in to unmask]), Professor. Sandra Crespo ([log in to unmask]), Professor Beth Herbel-Eisenmann ([log in to unmask]), Professor Kelly Mix ([log in to unmask]) and Professor Tammy Long ([log in to unmask]). Please see the College web site ( for information about the college and IRMSE.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Julie Libarkin
Associate Professor, Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Associate Director for Educational Research - Center for Integrative Studies in General Science
Michigan State University
206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-8369
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Geoscience Education (through 2011)
Affiliations: Department of Geological Sciences, Cognitive Science Program, Environmental Science and Policy Program