The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education at the University of Florida are engaged in several initiatives to enhance science education, preK-20. One of those initiatives in the new Science for Life Program (http://hhmi.chem.ufl.edu/metadot/index.pl), supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Science for Life has the mission of ³strengthening and transforming undergraduate research and interdisciplinary laboratory education in the life sciences² at UF and partner institutions. A significant feature of Science for Life will be the HHMI Undergraduate Core Laboratory (HHMI-UCL). The HHMI-UCL will provide almost 1000 UF students per year the opportunity to take an integrated, interdisciplinary sequence of early-undergraduate laboratory courses in biology, chemistry and physics in a new state-of-the-art laboratory located in the heart of the UF Medical Complex.

We are seeking a colleague for the new position of HHMI-UCL Coordinator, who will assist in the development, coordination and management of the HHMI-UCL activities. The Coordinator will collaborate with core sciences faculty to develop HHMI-CCL curriculum and laboratory exercises, mentor and direct graduate student teaching assistants, manage all aspects of the HHMI-UCL, engage in research and development associated with college-level science teaching, and conduct other tasks that provide overall support to the success of the UF Science for Life initiative. The HHMI-UCL Coordinator will be a 12-month, full-time position with the title of Assistant in Science Education. Faculty rank (non-tenure accruing) may be granted based on the appropriate credentials and experience, with an academic home in the Science Education Program in the College of Education, along with the possibility of an affiliate or courtesy appointment in an appropriate science department.

The successful candidate will be passionate about college-level teaching and learning in the sciences, and should have specific experience and training in science education, and a rich, but broad, background in the natural sciences.

Minimum requirements include an MS in science education and/or a natural science field and experience in designing and teaching laboratory courses at the university level. A doctorate and a record of research achievements is required for appointment at the faculty rank.

Anticipated Start Date: November 13, 2006, negotiable

Salary: $ 35,000 - $60,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience

To apply, submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for this position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a limited set of representative educational materials and publications. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: HHMI-UCL Coordinator Search Committee, School of Teaching and Learning, P O Box 117048, Gainesville, FL 32611. Applications may be submitted electronically to tdana@coe.ufl.edu

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 23, 2006 and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The selection process will be conducted on accordance with the provisions of Florida¹s ³Government in the Sunshine² and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and all applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection.

 

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Dr. Thomas M. Dana

Professor of Education

Director, School of Teaching and Learning

PO Box 117048, 2403 Norman Hall

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611

352-392-9191 x200 (voice)

352-392-9193 (fax)

http://education.ufl.edu/school