Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Science Education


The College of Education is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Science Education.  In addition to a salary commensurate with the status of a recognized national/international scholar this position includes funding to assist the chairıs research and teaching endeavors.


We are seeking a dynamic leader with knowledge of P-20 science education and the ability to engage multiple constituents.  An earned doctorate with a well-established record of research including a history of extramural funding is expected.  The candidatesı research agendas should be relevant to P-20 education and demonstrate knowledge of cognition and student learning.  The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in teaching, and in outreach to constituencies beyond the university campus.


This endowed chair will be a leader in the College of Educationıs focus to build on its existing programs in science education, teaching, outreach, and service, and the existing UW interdisciplinary strengths in science research, to cultivate a nationally recognized graduate program in science education. Preparing the next generation of science education leaders and university faculty who are equipped to educate science teachers for today and tomorrowıs technology-rich educational environments is a program priority.  The endowed chair will join the College of Educationıs science education faculty and the intercollegiate, interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics Teaching Center which has established ties to UW science and mathematics departments, the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, the neuroscience program, the Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the newly created School of Energy Resources.  Responsibilities include research, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams in seeking extramural funding, teaching in areas of expertise, and service/outreach on a state and national level.


The University of Wyoming is committed to its mission of nurturing an environment that values and manifests diversity, free expression, academic freedom, personal integrity, and mutual respect. The College of Education supports the Universityıs mission with initiatives that include strong support for the Shepard Symposium for Social Justice, publication of the journal Multicultural Perspectives, a state-wide ESL endorsement grant, and recruiting and supporting an increasingly diverse faculty.


The University of Wyoming is a doctoral/research (extensive), Internet II, Division I-A, land-grant university with more than 13,000 students enrolled in baccalaureate, masterıs, and doctoral programs on and off campus.  The only four-year, state university in Wyoming, UW is located in Laramie, a city of 27,000 nestled on the high plains between two ranges of the Rocky Mountains.  The campus is a two-hour drive north of Denver, CO.  Clean air, open spaces, abundant blue sky, a strong state budget with one of the lowest state tax structures in the nation, and proximity to numerous national parks, recreational areas, and forests are among the special fringe benefits.  Additional information may be found on the UW web page at www.uwyo.edu and www.laramie.org


Application:  Applications should include a statement of research and teaching interests and accomplishments, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for 5 references. Send an electronic copy of the application materials to Ms. Debra Dobbyn at ddobbyn@uwyo.edu.  Additional materials can be sent directly to Dr. Judith Ellsworth, Search Committee Chair, Dept. 3992, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY  82071.  Applicant screening will begin on February 2, 2007 for a position to start the fall semester 2007.