Dear all,

Please see the ad below for a new tenure-track faculty position joint between the Mallinson Institute for Science Education and the Geography Department at Western Michigan University. We are looking for a new colleague in the area of climate science education. Feel free to contact either me or the search committee chair (Dr. Bill Cobern - [log in to unmask]) if you have any questions. Please circulate this opportunity widely!

Thanks, Heather


Mallinson Institute or Science Education/Department of Geography- Western Michigan University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position – Physical Geography Education/Meteorology and Climatology

The Mallinson Institute for Science Education (MISE) is an interdisciplinary science education and research unit within the College of Arts and Sciences at WMU and invites applicants for a tenure track position in Physical Geography Education with a specialty in meteorology and climatology beginning in August 2015. Most faculty members in MISE hold joint appointments with science departments and a joint appointment in the Department Geography will accompany the position.  The MISE mission is to promote quality science education. This includes improving the teaching of science in formal and informal settings, both locally and internationally. The position will be filled at the Junior Faculty level (Assistant/Associate Professor). Candidates should have a demonstrable record of successful research and teaching, and must have received their Ph.D. in Geography, Meteorology/Climatology (or related discipline) or Science Education with appropriate content specialization in Meteorology/Climatology/Atmospheric Science at the time of appointment. The successful candidate is expected to have a demonstrated commitment to support the success of students from underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a research agenda and externally-funded research program in science education, climate change education, and/or meteorology education. Professional responsibilities also comprise teaching undergraduate and graduate classes that may include, but are not limited to: Graduate Seminars and Research Methods in Science Education, Meteorology and Climate for pre-service elementary education students, basic physical geography, and meteorology and climatology for aviation, geography, and science undergraduate students. Supervision of graduate students in teaching the Meteorology and Climate course for pre-service elementary education students is also expected.

MISE and the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University (one of the top-100 public universities in the United States) are fully committed to the priorities of a “discovery driven, learner centered, and globally engaged” university. MISE is one of the most active, externally supported research units at WMU, confers Masters and PhD degrees, and supports the general education mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities. 

Please visit The appointment process at Western Michigan University requires that each applicant submit a comprehensive vita or set of placement credentials and arrange for the transmittal of at least three recent letters of recommendation. Expected start date is Fall 2015. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2015 and will remain open until filled. WMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer consistent with applicable Federal and State Law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. 



Heather L. Petcovic
Associate Professor

Department of Geosciences and
The Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Western Michigan University

269-387-5488 (office)
269-387-5380 (research)
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