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Associate Director for Educational Research at Virginia Tech

  • 11/16/2023 8:34 AM
    Message # 13280317

    The College of Science at Virginia Tech (https://www.science.vt.edu) invites applications from visionary leaders for the position of Associate Director for Educational Research. The main purpose of this position, which is at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or tenured Professor, is to lead the College of Science's efforts to advance discipline-based education research and scholarship across the College. The position will involve mentoring and supporting College of Science faculty in conducting research and scholarship in undergraduate science and mathematics education.

    The Associate Director for Educational Research is a new position and is part of a broader College of Science initiative for advancing undergraduate science education. Central to this initiative is the belief that education is a scientific endeavor that can be studied and improved through research. For educational research to be impactful in shaping undergraduate science and mathematics instruction, it must be informed by the disciplinary practices of the fields and be sensitive to contextual factors surrounding classroom instruction. Thus, the Associate Director for Educational Research position will be instrumental in fulfilling and advancing the College’s educational mission through its central role in supporting discipline-based education research and scholarship across the College of Science. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Estrella Johnson, Director of this initiative, as a leader in developing and accomplishing the initiative’s goals.

    The Associate Director for Educational Research will establish and run educational research professional development opportunities for College of Science faculty, provide one-on-one mentoring and support for faculty research projects, maintain their own research program commensurate with tenure and rank, and teach (commensurate with administrative duties) in their discipline. The position is a joint partnership between the College of Science and the successful candidate’s disciplinary department or school, which will be their tenure home. The position is an academic year appointment with expectations for some summer work; it is based in Blacksburg, VA but will involve occasional travel.

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Virginia Tech and the College of Science. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The College of Science seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The educational initiatives, advances, and research supported by this position will need to attend to the needs, identities, and lived experiences of our students. Thus, the successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to broadening participation and advancing equity and inclusion.

    Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, at mwawro@vt.edu.

    Candidates should apply at http://jobs.vt.edu/ (Job #527612). The application package must include (i) a current curriculum vitae with publication list, (ii) a five-page narrative that addresses how the applicant meets the qualifications, including their research program, experience mentoring, teaching statement, and commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts; and (iii) contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted until after the initial review and only with the permission of the applicant. Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2024 (updated), and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete application packages should be received by the review date. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant will be required to have a criminal conviction check. The expected position starting date is August 10th, 2024.

    Link -> https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/527612/associate-director-for-educational-research

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