Teaching Assistant Professor in Science Education

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

ID: 7065389
Posted: March 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The NC State College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing professionals, conducting research, and engaging communities to improve educational outcomes for all learners across the state and beyond. With two-thirds of its faculty grant active and over 120 funded research projects totaling over $90-plus million, the college ranks No. 1 in education research productivity in North Carolina and among the Top 6 percent of colleges of education in the nation. During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the faculty had half of their proposals funded and brought in over $30 million in new funded research. They address society’s most pressing educational challenges and convert their research to action and innovative solutions that transform teaching and learning environments across the lifespan, with particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching in STEM education and literacy; increasing diversity, equity and access in education; and innovating leadership development.

The college is composed of three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 124 faculty members and 92 support and professional staff. The college’s 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students study across 60-plus degree programs that deliver highly-engaged and personalized academic experiences that prepare them to lead in the field of education. The college is also home to the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the proposed Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research.

The Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education emphasizes exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service in the context of a university education. With a primary emphasis on improving schools and society, the Department prepares quality educators for middle, secondary, and post-secondary school science, technology, engineering, mathematics, graphic communications, and informal settings. In addition, the Department offers a Graphic Communication Concentration (non-teaching) and several minors, including Technology, Engineering, and Education licensure track and a Technical Graphic Communications track for industry. The Department also has programs preparing professionals for leadership at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Essential Job Duties
The Teaching Assistant Professor in Science Education (SED) is an integral part of the SED Education program in STEM Education in the College of Education. This non-tenure track position is permanent and this professional is a member of the department and critical to its success. Duties of the Teaching Assistant Professor include teaching, service, and minimal research. The teaching load for this position is 4 courses or the equivalent each semester.

Primary duties of the Teaching Assistant Professor in SED include but are not limited to the following:


Working closely with the Science Education Faculty and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to provide leadership for the SED undergraduate programs.
Leading and coordinating all accreditation and licensure requirements for the SED UG program, including edTPA efforts.
Attending and participating in all SED program and STEM Ed Department faculty meetings.
Attending and participating in monthly CEPC and college meetings
Representing SED at all teacher education related meetings
Serving as the liaison between the university and schools (recruitment, beginning teacher support, etc.)
Organizing and hosting an orientation for student teachers and mentoring teachers and SED faculty
Overseeing, coordinating, and maintaining laboratory materials and facilities for the SED program

Recruiting and recommending cooperating teachers
Recruiting and recommending supervising teachers
Sending appropriate recognition/follow-ups for teacher service to the program
Coordinating web updates about our UG programs and faculty (across web pages)
Making presentations to on-campus classes and programs where we recruit majors (e.g., early college and EMS 101)
Coordinating science education booth and presentations at NCSTA and similar state-wide events

Supervising student teachers as part of teaching responsibilities
Overseeing university supervisors for student teaching
Organizing and hosting a supervisor’s orientation
Teaching undergraduate courses (e.g., junior and senior level methods classes)
Teaching and coordinating the student teaching seminar
Coordinate the Development of Program Policies for the UG program:

Developing a written policies and guidelines sheet or manual for cooperating teachers and student teachers
Expectations supervising teachers
Providing a framework for student teachers
Coordination with College Level Initiatives:

Assisting with NCATE/SDPI, edTPA and University Program Evaluations and Data Collection
Serving as a liaison with staff making field placements
Serving as representative to Teacher Education committees
Undergraduate Advising:

Advising undergraduate students
Developing a manual of policies and procedures for advisors of the SED program
Assist Program Coordination:

Clearing teacher paperwork for student teaching
Signing and submitting diploma cards
Coordinating awards and recognition’s
Represent Program in the College & Community:

Coordinating student chapter of NSTA
Judging 2 science fairs each year
Attending/Judging Science Olympiad on campus
Helping foster Centennial Middle School affiliations
Other Work/Responsibilities
Assist in department and college outreach. Coordinate and lead recruitment activities.
Communicate with diverse audiences about Science Education and the department of STEM education.
Collaborate with other faculty to revise/create programs, courses, and assignments for students based in part on evolving licensure and accreditation requirements.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education/Experience
PhD in Science Education or closely related field.

Departmental Required Skills
Knowledge of science education standards,
Ability to work with online platforms such as Zoom and Moodle to teach courses,
Ability to learn how to interact with SLATE for candidate review,
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the College and University and the public regarding recruitment and program promotion.


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