Assistant/Associate Professor - P-8 Science Education

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Education and Training

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

We are recruiting for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured) position in science education. A successful candidate will work collaboratively with current faculty to engage in the PK-8 teacher education program and to help grow our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. 

Department Overview:

Be part of an innovative and collegial faculty in the College of Education at Boise State University. Our college is committed to the continuous improvement of instruction, the expansion of access to high quality education, and robust educational research. Boise State University is a doctoral research university that emphasizes rigorous research and excellence in instruction. The Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies (CIFS) is a collaborative department searching for dynamic scholars committed to advancing their research agenda as well as collaborating with others. We are seeking a colleague who will engage in research, grant writing, service, and teaching (3-3 load).

About the Department:

Boise State University is an exciting place to work. We are the largest university in Idaho with enrollment of more than 22,000 students, located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area. The university and college engage local government, businesses, including a growing high-tech sector, health care providers, and serves as the cultural center of the state. Nested in the foothills, Boise is convenient to outdoor recreation including world-class whitewater rivers, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and camping. The city is driving distance from many national parks as well as other major metropolitan cities, such as Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.


Essential Functions:

Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education. Committed to the success of our students and the university. Committed to student learning, retention, persistence, and completion.

Must demonstrate a commitment to their discipline through scholarly and creative activities that fall within Boyer’s four types of scholarship: (1) discovering knowledge, (2) integrating knowledge, (3) applying knowledge, and (4) scholarship of teaching.


Conduct research and/or produce scholarly or creative work in accord with the norms in their discipline.

Each faculty member participates in activities relating to university programs, courses, governance, etc., or community activities which impact on, or are impacted by, the University and which contribute to the growth and development of students, the university and the community. Faculty must demonstrate a commitment to serving Boise State University, his/her profession, and the community. This type of commitment is demonstrated by service to students (such as advising); participation and leadership in department, college, or university committees, the faculty senate, and professional organizations; and, as appropriate to their discipline, affairs of the local, state, or national community.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

In accordance with discipline and departmental standards and expectations
• Demonstrated advanced level of oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to meet required attendance and submission deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to create, articulate, and assess course learning outcomes.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in creating course materials (syllabus, handouts, presentations, etc.) which enhance student interest and engagement.
• Demonstrated ability to create and manage effective grading rubrics for consistent and uniform grading results.
• Demonstrated ability to assess student educational goals and to create graduation plans based on those goals.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
• Demonstrated ability to manage effective, friendly, and civil working relationships with staff, faculty, students, alumni, guests, and others at the university.
• Demonstrated problem solving and abstract thinking skills.
• Demonstrated ability to produce high quality work while working independently.
• Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

For All Applicants:

  • Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution before date of hire in science education, or related field
  • Current or former teacher licensure in elementary (P-5) or middle school (6-8) teaching
  • Minimum of three years of school teaching experience, including the teaching of science
  • Commitment to working in a teacher education program
  • Demonstrate experience with successful collaboration

For Assistant Level Applicants:

  • Provide evidence of a research agenda primarily focused on science education or related scholarly field
  • Demonstrate potential for obtaining external funding for science education research or related scholarly field
  • Demonstrate potential for sustained scholarly contributions to science education research or related scholarly field
  • Demonstrate commitment to advancing access and opportunity in science education
  • Demonstrate commitment to all students’ success
  • Demonstrate potential for supporting postsecondary students in science education research

For Associate Level Applicants:

  • Provide evidence of a nationally or internationally recognized research agenda primarily focused on science education or related scholarly field
  • Provide evidence of external funding for science education research or related scholarly field
  • Provide evidence of a minimum of eight (8) peer-reviewed, published articles, demonstrating sustained scholarly contributions to science education research or related scholarly field
  • Provide evidence of advancing access and opportunity in science education
  • Provide evidence of commitment to all students’ success
  • Provide evidence of successfully mentoring or advising postsecondary students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned degree at any level from a regionally accredited institution in a science field
  • Demonstrate experience of successfully supporting postsecondary students in research
Salary and Benefits:

Starting at salary range: $64,542 to $76,398 per year; commensurate with experience and rank. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Applications must include a cover letter that addresses the qualifications outlined in the position description and please state whether you are interested in the Assistant or Associate level (no more than 3 pages), a CV, and contact information for three (3) references for the assistant rank OR five (5) references for the associate rank, and a set of unofficial doctoral transcripts. 

Review of applications will begin on 12/10/2021 and will continue until finalists are identified.



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