University of Arizona — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Science Education

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) announces an opportunity to join our faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Science Education. The position begins August 2020. 

TLS is a diverse community of internationally recognized scholars with a commitment to equity, access, and social justice. We are a leader in early childhood, elementary, and secondary teacher preparation; teacher professional development; environmental and sustainability education; and preparing leaders for educational settings outside the traditional school classroom. Our faculty are invested in community-based social justice through research, teaching, and service. We attract a diverse and highly qualified student population to our undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs and we offer a variety of pathways to success, including support for first generation college students, students with limited income resources, students from borderlands, and students from Indigenous communities. Our location in the culturally diverse Southwest United States and our long history of involvement with schools and communities provide rich settings in which to conduct field-based research and teacher preparation activities in the field of science education. 

We seek a dynamic science educator committed to addressing issues of social justice in science education, preparing teachers to enact ambitious and equitable science instruction, and advancing the field of science education research. The appointee must have a record of research, scholarship, and service applicable to multicultural environments in urban and/or rural settings as well as experience teaching science in diverse classroom settings. We are looking for applicants with strengths in elementary science teacher education and interests in any of the following areas: science education for bilingual learners, Indigenous science education, science in early childhood settings, and/or secondary science education. 

The College of Education supports Inclusive Excellence, the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The appointee is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department, college, and university. The College of Education values its inclusive climate as we know that diversity in experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. 

The University of Arizona is built on the lands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples and is a designated Hispanic-Serving and American Indian and Alaska Native-Serving Institution. This acknowledgement and understanding will continue to strengthen our dedication to creating educational equity and opportunities. 


  • Build an externally funded program of research leading to recognition as a nationally known science education scholar. 
  • Work collaboratively with TLS faculty to develop programs and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and science teacher education. 
  • Interact with schools and community organizations to build productive partnerships. 
  • Recruit and mentor graduate students to become successful teachers and researchers. 
  • Contribute to department, college, and university-level service. 
  • Advance the field of science education through local, national, and international community involvement and outreach. 

Required Qualifications 

  • An earned doctorate in science education or a related field awarded by August, 2020. 
  • An active record of scholarship commensurate with level of experience. 
  • Evidence of potential for obtaining external funding. 
  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary level. 
  • Teaching experience in diverse classroom (pK-12) settings.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working with diverse and/or minoritized populations, broadly defined. 
  • Biliteracy in English/Spanish 
  • Familiarity with the culture and context of the Southwest Border Region and Indigenous Nations 

To apply, submit the following materials to [] 

  • Letter of interest outlining your qualifications for this position 
  • Statement of research interests (Maximum 3 pages, including references) 
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and goals (Maximum 3 pages, including references) 
  • A complete curriculum vitae 
  • Two representative professional writing samples 
  • Names and contact information for three professional references 

Search Committee will begin to review applications on November 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Kristin L. Gunckel – Search Committee Co-chair,
Dr. Barry Roth – Search Committee Co-chair,