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Assistant Professor of Science Education 2557

Recruitment Number: 2557

Position: Assistant Professor of Science Education 

Effective Date: August 17, 2020 (Fall Semester)

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in science education or related field
  • Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2020
  • Experience teaching science to PreK-12 students
  • Major in a science field or equivalent (at least 30 semester units of science coursework) 
  • Demonstrated potential for effectiveness and excellence in university teaching 
  • Demonstrated potential for published scholarship in science education
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated potential for teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented groups (e.g., experience teaching and mentoring diverse students, understanding of culturally-responsive pedagogy or pedagogical content knowledge related to needs of students from underrepresented groups)
  • Familiarity with public schooling in the United States (e.g. have or held a PreK-12 teaching credential; familiarity with science instruction aligned with the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards; experience working with US public school teachers)
  • Science Education presentations, publications or other forms of scholarly communication
  • Interest in working collaboratively with science education faculty and/or faculty in different disciplines


  • Teach and develop undergraduate courses for future science educators and students from a range of science and non-science majors
  • Teach and develop graduate courses for experienced educators enrolled in the Science Education MS program
  • Advise and mentor graduate students conducting scholarly projects
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community
  • Develop and maintain a program of scholarship in science education resulting in publications and presentations

As a campus that serves a very diverse body of students, the department seeks tenure-line candidates who, through previous experience supporting diverse students and/or their own lived experience with marginalized identities, will be committed to the successful teaching and mentoring of all students.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 

About our Department

Science Education’s placement as a department within the College of Natural Science & Mathematics allows faculty the opportunity to collaborate within the department on science education research, curriculum development, and outreach projects while also allowing working closely with colleagues from traditional science departments on a wide array of grants and projects. The department offers pedagogy courses (in partnership with the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services), science courses for science and non-science majors, and a master's degree program for practicing educators. Department faculty collaborate with colleagues across campus on varied projects and grants. Some of our current projects include: SI PUEDO: Strengthening the Impact by Providing Undergraduate Education Development Opportunities, The National Center for Science in Early Childhood, the Young Scientists Camp (including a camp for homeless youth), PhysTEC: Physics Teacher Education Collaborative, ESLA: Elementary Science Learning Academy, DEEP in STEM: Developing Effective and Engaging Practice in STEM via Community Collaborations, and oversight of the CSULB CNSM Science Learning Center.

The vibrant, collegial department includes six tenure-track science education faculty (and 15+ experienced educators as part-time lecturers) who have assumed leadership positions in their discipline at the regional and national levels; providing professional leadership and support for local teachers; working closely with area school districts and informal institutions; supporting science teaching and learning as called for by the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards at the state and national level; writing articles, books, and other works; and presenting at both practitioner and research focused conferences on widely varied topics.

Information on excellent benefits package (including partner benefits) available to CSULB faculty is located here:


How to Apply - Required Documentation:

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Research/Scholarly Interests Statement
  • Finalists will also be required to submit the following:
  1. A signed SC-1 form,
  2. Three current letters of recommendation independently provided by references, and
  3. An official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

Applications, required documentation, and/or requests for information should be addressed to:


Laura Henriques, Dept. Chair

California State University, Long Beach

Department of Science Education

1250 Bellflower Boulevard – MS 9504

Long Beach, CA 90840-9504


562-985-4801 or

Application Deadline:

Review of applications to begin October 15, 2019  

Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)

Employment Requirements:

A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status.   CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.