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Jerry P. Becker

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Position Annoucement: West Virginia University
Posted: Jun 29, 2013 3:58 PM
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Information from Kasi.Jackson.
Position Description for Eberly Professor of STEM Education, 4/4/13

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences of West Virginia University
seeks nominations and applications for the Eberly Professor of STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education. The start
date is negotiable and can be as soon as January 2014. The tenure
home will be in a department/program in the Eberly College
(<http://eberly.wvu.edu/>http://eberly.wvu.edu/); however, much of
this position's effort will be devoted toward growing the Flexible
Education Research Network (FERN), a trans-disciplinary, STEM
education initiative identified by the University as one of five
areas for strategic investment. The initiative includes the Statler
College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the Davis College of
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and the College of
Education and Human Services; over 70 faculty members have outreach,
research, and funding in STEM education, and each college has
designated resources, including current faculty time and planned new
hires to FERN.

The appointment will be made at the full professor or advanced
associate professor rank. A doctoral degree is required in a STEM or
STEM-education related discipline, as well as a record of teaching
and scholarship that would qualify the candidate for a tenured
appointment in the home department as a full professor or advanced
associate professor. Area of specialization is open, and the
committee invites applications from persons with a track record in
trans-disciplinary STEM education or broadening participation in STEM
fields. Trans-disciplinary work blends approaches from multiple
disciplines to address research questions. Applicants who have
worked primarily within one discipline should provide evidence
indicating potential for success at engaging with faculty in other
disciplines. The position involves administrative leadership,
teaching, and scholarship that will advance FERN's research,
education and outreach agenda. The percent of effort related to
administration, teaching, and scholarship is negotiable and
administrative support will be provided by an executive director to
manage operations, as well as support staff. The position includes
significant service and leadership responsibilities, including:
mentoring other STEM education faculty members; leading
collaborative, trans-disciplinary research projects across
departmental and college boundaries; and strategizing to identify
priority areas, build coalitions, and move a research agenda forward.
The successful applicant will communicate with many types of
audiences, using a variety of media, in order to promote the
importance of trans-disciplinary collaboration to broaden
participation in STEM.

West Virginia University is the flagship institution of the state of
West Virginia and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a
doctoral high research university. As the primary land-grant
institution in West Virginia with teaching, research, and engagement
at the forefront of its mission, it attracts over $152 million in
externally funded projects annually. Located in Morgantown, WV, WVU
is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C. to the east,
Pittsburgh to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus to the west.
Morgantown has been ranked as the Number One Small City in America by
BizJournals, and 5th Best Small Metro by Forbes.

The Eberly College has 400 full-time faculty and 100 classified staff
in 30 academic departments, programs, and centers in the humanities,
social sciences, and natural sciences. These include tenure track
faculty in STEM education research in the departments of Mathematics
(6), Biology (1), and Chemistry (1); as well as promotable non-tenure
track STEM teaching faculty in the departments of Physics, Geology
and Geography, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry.

Applications should include a letter of interest, a CV, addresses of
at least three references, and a statement of research plans showing
trans-disciplinary perspectives for STEM education and broadening
participation in STEM, and should be submitted electronically at
For more information, or to make a nomination, contact Dr. Kasi
Jackson, Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, at
<mailto:kasi.jackson@mail.wvu.edu>kasi.jackson@mail.wvu.edu. The
screening process will begin on August 16, 2013, and continue until a
successful candidate has been found. WVU is responsive to the needs
of dual career couples, committed to building a multicultural work
force and strongly encourages women, racial/ethnic/gender minorities,
persons with disabilities, and covered veterans to apply. Therefore
the search committee invites applications from any person who through
research, teaching, or service supports the success of
underrepresented groups and thereby contributes to the inclusivity
and excellence of the academic community. WVU is the recipient of an
NSF ADVANCE award to recruit, retain and promote women in STEM

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu

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