Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Biology Education Research

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Commensurate with experience
October 02 2019
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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Biology Education Research

Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Department of Biology and Interdisciplinary Mathematics & Science Education (MSE) Ph.D. program is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor (#103180) in biology education research beginning August 2020. We are searching for individuals with scholarly expertise in the broad focal areas of disciplinary-based biology education research or science education research with a strong foundation in biology content.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an active research agenda with demonstrated independence in thinking and the ability to work across the biological and biology education research disciplines. The successful candidate will develop a strong, extramurally-funded and collaborative research program in some aspect of biology education research or science education research. The candidate will be expected to mentor doctoral students in the MSE Ph.D. program to successful completion of dissertation projects.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in biology that aligned with their area of expertise and graduate courses in education research theory and methods aligned with their area of expertise.

The tenure home for the position will be in the Department of Biology. Faculty will also be affiliated with the Mathematics and Sciences Education Ph.D. program housed in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. The individual hired will be appointed into a full-time, academic year (9 month) tenure-track position with a start date of August 2020. Opportunities for summer teaching and research for additional pay are available. A competitive start-up package will be provided, to support establishment of an independent, collaborative research program.

Applicants must have; a Ph.D. in biology education, science education, biology or related discipline OR evidence of completion of such degree by the summer of 2020, evidence of completion of a minimum of 18 graduate-level course hours in biology or a closely-related discipline, a record of or potential to initiate and sustain a strong research program in the field, and a track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with multiple, diverse audiences

Middle Tennessee State University is the second-largest, undergraduate-serving institution in the state of Tennessee, with approximately 26,000 students. The campus is located in Murfreesboro, TN, about 30 miles southeast of metropolitan Nashville and is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The Department of Biology currently houses 33 faculty with a diversity of research interests, four of which focus on biology education research. The Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences with 25 full and affiliated faculty that specialize in biology education research, chemistry education research, mathematics education research, and interdisciplinary STEM education research. For more information about the university, biology department, and mathematics and science education doctoral program please visit our website at

How To Apply

Initial review of applications will commence on October 31, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, statement of teaching interests, and descriptions of their current research and planned research program.

For details about this position, and to apply, please see website: Https://mtsujobs/edu/postings/8662

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