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Assistant Professor of Science Education 2629

Recruitment Number: 2629

Position: Assistant Professor of Science Education (Secondary Science)

Effective Date: August 17, 2021 (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, 2021. 
  • Undergraduate major in a science field or at least 32 semester units of science coursework (may be either undergraduate or graduate).
  • Grade 6-12 teaching science experience as the teacher of record.
  • Experience working with pre-service or in-service science teachers.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in college level teaching.
  • Demonstrated potential for published scholarship in science education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful Candidates may meet some of these qualifications

  • Demonstrated effectiveness teaching science at the grade 6-12 level.
  • 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 U.S. public schools, science standards, and pedagogical reforms.
  • Science Education presentations, publications, or other forms of scholarly communication with emphasis on both science teachers and science education scholars. 
  • Interest in working collaboratively with science education faculty and/or faculty in other disciplines.  
  • Engagement with science teacher organizations (e.g. National Science Teaching Association, state science teacher associations, etc.). 


  • Teach and develop undergraduate courses for diverse future science educators and students from a range of science and non-science majors. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.
  • Teach and develop graduate courses for experienced educators enrolled in the Science Education MS program. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.
  • Mentor, advise, and develop scholarly projects with undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop and maintain a program of scholarship in science education resulting in publications, presentations, and proposals for external funding.
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community.

As part of a campus that serves a very diverse body of students, the department seeks tenure-track candidates who, through previous experience supporting diverse students 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 fostering close working relationships with colleagues from traditional science departments on 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 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) 
  • Research/Scholarly Interests Statement
  • Names and contact information for three references 
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Copy of undergraduate or graduate transcript(s) demonstrating science major (or 32 units of science)
  • 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) Official transcripts (e-transcripts preferred, if available). 

Applications and required documentation should be addressed to: or 562 985 1408

The packet should be submitted as a single PDF, with the exception of transcripts, which may be a separate PDF.

Specific questions about the position can be directed to (Search Chair).


Review of applications to begin September 30, 2020


Position open until filled (or recruitment canceled) 


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.