Science Education - Hope College

Posted on 10/15/08

Hope College invites applications for a new tenure track assistant professorship in science education. This joint appointment will be with one of the Natural & Applied Sciences departments and the Education Department. We seek candidates with primary research and teaching interests in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics, a strong record of K-­12 teaching, as well as a current working knowledge of instructional technology and state and national content/instructional standards in these areas.

All candidates are expected to have an earned doctorate with an emphasis in science or mathematics education; plans for scholarly work through publication and research involving undergraduate students; an interest in seeking external funding for that research; and an openness to collaborative interdisciplinary work across departments.

Hope College has a strong tradition of undergraduate research, and start-up funding is available to help establish the candidate's research program. (For more information, see the Natural and Applied Science Division website ( and the Education Department website (

Individuals who assume this position will work collaboratively with faculty in the related departments to design and deliver inquiry-based, cutting edge science and/or mathematics methods courses to prepare reflective and analytical teachers in these areas.

Successful applicants will: 1) work with pre-service teacher candidates in joint research projects that lead directly to enhanced pedagogy and to deeper content learning in the K-12 sector; 2) foster collaboration between area K-12 science and math educators, Hope College faculty, and pre-service teacher candidates; and 3) provide leadership in developing new lines of inquiry and work that emerge as research in the teaching of science and mathematics continues to evolve, and as state and national standards for K-12 education in these areas change.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Consideration of candidates will begin on November 14th and will continue until the position is filled. Submit curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and competencies, research plans, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three current letters of recommendation to:

Richard Mezeske
Hope College
P.O. Box 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000
(616) 395-7000

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from qualified persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, especially welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.

DESCRIPTION: HOPE COLLEGE is a Christian coeducational, residential liberal arts undergraduate college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America; has over 3,000 students (3,045 FTE) and 248 FTE faculty; is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association; is accredited by NCA, NCATE, ACS, NASAD, NASD, NASM, NAST, CCNE, CSWE, EAC of ABET, and CAATE, and is located in a city of 35,000 enriched by a significant Latino population and growing Asian and African American populations in a rapidly growing urban area of over 100,000, near Lake Michigan, within short driving distance of Grand Rapids (over 500,000), and relatively close to Ann Arbor and Chicago.