Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute

Winchester Distinguished Professorship

University of Northern Colorado


The College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) seeks a national leader in mathematics education or science education for the position of Director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute. The successful candidate will concurrently hold for a three-year period the Winchester Distinguished Professorship, which provides for salary enrichment of an existing faculty line.


With nearly 20 years of successful activity on the UNC campus, the MAST Institute is committed to equitable and systemic reform in the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology at all levels. The Institute provides leadership and coordination for projects and programs to improve mathematics and science education within the University, state, region, and nation. Faculty from the NHS Schools of Biological Sciences; Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics; and Mathematical Sciences, along with faculty from the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, participate in Institute projects, working in collaboration with K-12 educators, faculty from other higher education institutions, and business/community representatives. Institute personnel are very active in securing extramural funding to support their scholarly and outreach projects; currently, the Institute is associated with grant awards totaling nearly $4.5 million.


The MAST Institute is housed within the College of Natural and Health Sciences, which offers baccalaureate through doctoral programs to approximately 2,500 undergraduate majors and 500 master's and doctoral students. Many of the College's graduate programs are oriented toward education, and included among its Ph.D. programs are Biological Education, Chemical Education, and Educational Mathematics. Natural and Health Sciences is one of five academic colleges at the University, a Doctoral/Research University enrolling 12,000+ undergraduate and graduate students. Detailed information about the MAST Institute, College, and University, is available at,, and, respectively.


This tenure-eligible position will include a faculty appointment in the College at the Associate Professor or Professor rank. The preferred position starting date is July 1, 2007.


A full vacancy announcement is available at; a hard copy of these materials may be obtained by contacting Dr. Jeff Farmer at (970)351-2891 or To assure full consideration, completed applications should be received by December 1, 2006; screening will continue until the position is filled.