Positions in Mathematics and Science Education


Michigan State University




The Colleges of Education and Natural Science at Michigan State University are seeking two or three tenure-system faculty scholars at the associate and full professor levels as part of ongoing priority initiatives in mathematics and science education. MSU is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide national leadership by building on our long-standing record of excellence in research, teacher education, graduate education, and curriculum development.




We seek faculty candidates with primary research interests in mathematics and science education, and we especially encourage applications from those with expertise in mathematics and science teaching and learning in urban contexts, teacher education at all levels, elementary mathematics teacher education, educational policy or assessment, early numeracy, and science teaching and learning at the secondary and collegiate levels. In addition, experience in use and application of technology in instruction or education.




All candidates are expected to have an earned doctorate including emphasis in mathematics or science education, a record of exceptional scholarly accomplishment through publication and success in obtaining and leading externally funded projects, and participation in interdisciplinary work. National leadership in science or mathematics education initiatives is desirable, evidence of capacity to contribute to the intellectual, research, and instructional life of MSU is essential.




The faculty in mathematics and science education at MSU spans several academic units and works collaboratively to address cross-university needs and responsibilities, with coordination provided through the Division of Science and Mathematics Education. Appointments will be possible in the Department of Teacher Education, the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, and the Division of Science and Mathematics Education. Joint appointments and other cross-departmental and cross-college arrangements are possible and encouraged.




Faculty who assume these positions will conduct research and inquiry and teach undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses. Additional duties will vary depending on departmental placement and rank, university and academic unit education needs, and the candidate's experience and interest. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty in ongoing projects such as the Carnegie Teachers for a New Era, the NSF Mathematics and Science Partnership PROM/SE, the Broad Detroit Partnership, the NSF Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum and the Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning, and other initiatives.  Faculty will be involved in continuing efforts to foster collaborations among the Colleges of Education, Natural Science and the K-12 community.  These are academic year positions with a proposed starting date of Fall 2007.




We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates; exploratory visits can be arranged in advance of formal interviews.  Please contact any members of the search committee for additional information.






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Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Chair






Michelle Williams





Michael Battista






Anna Sfard





Raven McCrory






Gail Richmond





Glenda Lappan






Gerd Kortemeyer





Angela Calabrese Barton










Please see the College of Education web site (http://www.educ.msu.edu/) for information about the College and this position.  Additional information is available at http://www.dsme.msu.edu/mathed/index.htm




A complete application package consists of a cover letter, a curriculum vita, two representative samples of scholarly writing, and names of three individuals who can provide references. We also welcome letters of interest. Submit application materials or letters of interest to:




Joan Ferrini-Mundy


Math/Science Education Search Committee Chair


Michigan State University


211 North Kedzie Lab


East Lansing, MI 48824-1031




or email materials to:








Review of applications and letters of interest will begin October 16, 2006, and will continue until the positions are filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Michigan State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.