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Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Secondary Science Education, College of Arts and Sciences

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Biological Sciences, Full Time

Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Secondary Science Education,

College of Arts and Sciences


The College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware (UD) invite applications for an assistant professor, continuing track faculty position to lead the College’s secondary science education program, which includes degree programs in all three participating departments. The successful candidate will have a full-time, continuing faculty appointment in the department most closely aligned with the candidate’s expertise. The start date of the position is August 16, 2023. 



Candidates must have a doctoral or equivalent degree in science education in any of the three subject areas (biology, chemistry, physics). Candidates with a minimum of three years of experience teaching science at the secondary level (grades 7-12) are strongly preferred. The successful candidate is expected to: 1) provide leadership for and coordination of the science teacher education program across departments, 2) teach science education methods courses and seminars, 3) supervise teacher candidates in field experiences and student teaching, 4) identify local schools or other organizations for teacher candidates’ field experiences, 5) build relationships with science teachers in secondary schools, with State Education regulatory bodies, and with the community to enrich the science education program, 6) develop an active recruitment strategy for secondary science teacher education in Delaware, and 7) provide professional learning opportunities for science educators.


We seek candidates with knowledge and experience implementing research-based instructional strategies for heterogeneous populations; establishing, developing and maintaining partnerships with middle and high schools; demonstrated program and/or institutional leadership, and an agenda  for the recruitment of students to the program. We encourage applicants who are eager to work in a collaborative environment, have the drive to be leaders in the field, and a passion to teach, mentor, and advise within an increasingly diverse student population. This position includes an opportunity to perform research, and we encourage research emphases in areas that incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AT UD:  The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware strives for an inclusive and equitable culture. The College offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research opportunities, and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs, and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with majors in the College, and every University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to student success, excellence in scholarship, and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities including the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL). Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and further support student engagement with local, national, and global audiences through research and creative activity.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers BA and BS degrees in Biological Sciences, a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics and a BA in Biological Sciences Education.  More than 900 undergraduate students major in Biological Sciences at UD.  The department has outstanding facilities and support, including a vibrant collaborative research and teaching community, and consists of 34 faculty and a robust graduate program with around 90 graduate students in the MS/PhD programs.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides BS and BA degrees in Chemistry, a BA in Chemistry Education, and a BS in Biochemistry.  Nearly 200 full-time PhD students and many MS candidates work across approximately thirty vibrant research groups to push the boundaries of science and education.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy (DPA) offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics, as well as BA degrees in Physics, Physics Education, and Astronomy. The DPA is home to more than 30 full-time faculty, over 70 graduate students and over 100 undergraduate majors; additionally, the introductory physics courses at the DPA serve over 2500 undergraduate students every year. The Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories supports instruction in all three departments by providing laboratory and instructional staff to aid in interdisciplinary course development and delivery using evidence-based teaching practices in our state-of-the-art facilities.

The University of Delaware (, centrally located on the I-95 corridor between NYC/Philadelphia and Washington DC/Baltimore, is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its students and employees in support of its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from science teacher educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


TO APPLY:  Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2022. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants should submit PDF documents for:

  • cover letter,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • teaching statement, including experience with student advisement
  • diversity statement, highlighting practices used to foster an inclusive and equitable learning environment

For additional information, please contact: Kimberly Reimer (, administrative assistant, or Dr. Donna Woulfe (, Chair of the Faculty Search Committee for Secondary Science Education and Director of Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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