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Assistant Professor - University of Maine,

Nov 22, 2010

The University of Maine invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, or Mathematics & Statistics, with expertise in chemistry, mathematics, or physics education research.  The appointment will be in one of these academic departments, with membership in the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (Maine RiSE Center).

This position is one of three new faculty hires created through the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (PSP), an NSF-funded, multi-million-dollar project of the Maine RiSE Center in collaboration with regional school units, to target the teaching and learning of physical sciences in grades 6-9 as well as the preparation of science teachers at the University of Maine.  The project includes (1) the selection and implementation of coherent, research-supported curricula; (2) provision of ongoing intensive professional development for teachers; (3) research on the impact of the curricular implementation on student learning and teachers' content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge; (4) reform of university-level STEM instruction.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate (by date of appointment) in the discipline, a closely related field, or discipline-based education research. Candidates must have strong experience in discipline-based education research, and have demonstrated commitment to teaching.  Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required.  Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with middle school or high school teachers and/or students.

The new faculty member will be expected to (1) engage in research, writing, and other scholarly activities that contribute to discipline-based education research, (2) teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, (3) supervise graduate and undergraduate research, (4) Develop an externally-funded research program, (5) participate in leadership for collaborative efforts in STEM-education with colleagues in the home department, the Maine RiSE Center, the University, and other professional communities.

The position is an academic-year appointment with preferred starting date no later than Sept. 1, 2011. Opportunities for summer salary are available in conjunction with the Maine PSP project.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to


and should include:

* letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references
* summary of research accomplishments and a research plan
* statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and interests
* post-secondary level transcripts
* three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the reference

Review of applications will begin January 3, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required.

More information about the position may be found at  


For more information about the Maine RiSE Center and the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, please see http://www.umaine.edu/center.  

The University of Maine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff and students.  We strongly encourage all qualified individuals to apply.