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Assistant Professor in Secondary Science Education (Tenure-Track)
Purdue University

Date Posted Oct. 2, 2023
Title Assistant Professor in Secondary Science Education (Tenure-Track)
University Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Teacher Education
    Secondary Education
    Science Education
    Education - General

The Science Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Secondary Science Education.  This position is a 9-month academic year, tenure track position, with potential for other funded work and/or teaching in the summer.  Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting high-quality, innovative research and disseminating results via high-impact publications and presentations at national and international professional organizations
  • Seeking external funding in support of a rigorous and coherent research program
  • Teaching undergraduate secondary science pedagogy courses and graduate courses in science education
  • Supervising secondary science student teaching candidates
  • Supporting state and national level program review processes for the science education teacher licensure programs
  • Reruiting, advising, and mentoring graduate students
  • Collaborating on research, teaching, and engagement activities within the College of Education, across the university, and with K-12 schools

Opportunities exist for the development of online courses and graduate courses, as well as collaboration with centers including the Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST)— an interdisciplinary center in the College of Education with faculty, staff and graduate students from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

This position requires an on-campus, face-to-face presence.


  • Earned doctorate in science education or closely related field, with an emphasis in secondary science education
  • Earned undergraduate degree in a science discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics/astronomy) or secondary science education with the equivalent of a minor in a science discipline
  • An emerging record of high-quality, innovative scholarship in science education or closely related field
  • 3+ years of teaching or equivalent school-based experience in U.S. K-12 schools


  • Experience teaching undergraduate secondary science pedagogy courses
  • Experience supervising secondary science teacher candidates
  • Experience teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Experience in integrating engineering design in middle and high school science instruction, K-12 computer science, and/or artificial intelligence in K-12 STEM education

August 12, 2024

Inquiries about this position may be directed to:  Dr. Lynn Bryan (

Review of complete applications will begin on October 31, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.  Complete applications must include:

  1. A brief letter of application
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. 2-page (maximum) narrative describing the applicant’s research program
  4. 2-page (maximum) narrative describing the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  5. Two examples of scholarly writing
  6. Three letters of recommendation

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

The science education program within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction contributes to a culture of discovery, learning, and engagement in the College of Education. The program offers prospective researchers/scholars and K-12 educators the opportunity to investigate contemporary issues in science education research and theory as well as pedagogical methods related to science learning, teaching, assessment, curriculum, and teacher professional development. Faculty members are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge relevant to the discipline of science education; preparing scholars, educators, and leaders in science education on the local, national, and international levels; and promoting science for all learners. For information about the program, see

The College of Education aspires to be a collaborative community.  We are innovators discovering new ideas and solutions that will foster a positive global impact for faculty, staff, students, and community.  Successful candidates will promote inclusive excellence and encourage freedom of thought and speech.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY, the COLLEGE OF EDUCATION and DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters.  Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY is a leading land grant and research university and ranks among the 15 largest universities in the nation. The university has an enrollment of more than 50,884 on the West Lafayette campus and more than 24,000 on regional campuses across Indiana. It is located in West Lafayette, IN, one hour northwest of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago.

  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Lynn Bryan
    Curriculum and Instruction
    Purdue University
    100 N. University Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907


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