Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor (Director, Center for Science and the Schools)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Education
Center for Science and the Schools


The Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) seeks to hire a Director. CSATS is located in the College of Education at Penn State University, and serves to facilitate mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State STEM researchers to enhance K-16 science and technology education across the state. Our staff includes science education faculty/researchers with a background in K-16 science teaching and administration, and academic or industry STEM research experience. CSATS personnel work closely with scientists and engineers and school districts to develop relevant teacher professional development and outreach programs incorporating research-based learning theory and best-practices for professional development. We also collaborate with other Penn State outreach professionals, thereby leveraging the wide spectrum of STEM projects and facilities available at Penn State. Operating since 2004, our experience in STEM education programs and strong collaborations with researchers have enabled us to build meaningful interdisciplinary programs. Ultimately, our programs seek to support educators in preparing the future STEM workforce by providing learning experiences that engage students in the practices and thinking used by scientists and engineers. The Director should be prepared to oversee the Center’s current programs and initiatives as well as work toward building a strategic plan for expanding its influence and increasing its impact in K-12 education. Primary responsibilities of the Director include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center; collaborating with Penn State scientists and engineers on the design and implementation of broader impact components of grant proposals; evaluating Center outreach activities such as curriculum development, teacher professional development, and K-12 science outreach activities; identifying internal evaluation criteria for projects and developing data collection instruments; leading education research efforts related to CSATS projects, including writing conference proposals and journal manuscripts; supporting existing and future CSATS projects as needed; contributing to developing ways to translate research related to science and science education into the school context; and ensuring that all performance expectations are met while supervising a team of seven. Required qualifications include: an earned PhD in science education; a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline; at least five years of formal K-12 science teaching experience; professional research experience in a STEM field – either with industry or academia; research experience in science education; grant writing experience with multiple federal funding agencies; experience designing and implementing K-12 STEM teacher professional development programs; and experience teaching preservice science teaching methods courses. Desired qualifications include: strong evidence of management experience including oversight of grants, contracts, and sub-awards, project management in a relevant educational setting; supervision and mentoring personnel; advanced technology skills in Microsoft Office; experience in advanced educational technology strategies; experience teaching undergraduate science courses; experience in educational research including data collection and analysis, both qualitative and quantitative; outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams; and demonstrated academic writing skills. Applications received prior to November 20, 2017 are assured full consideration, however applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for three years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088