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Director of STEM Education, Assistant Professor
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Deadline to Apply:
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12:00pm
This 12-month non-tenure track faculty position will provide overall leadership – including development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation – for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education program at Lone Oaks Farm, a facility owned by the University of Tennessee. This position represents a partnership between the University of Tennessee Extension and Hardeman County Schools to develop and implement a STEM education program that will serve K-12 in Hardeman County and other area school districts. During the school year, the position will work with school principals and teachers to coordinate field trips and curricula at the Farm. During the summer, the position will work with UT Extension to integrate STEM education into 4-H events and activities at the Farm. The position reports to the Director of Lone Oaks Farm, with input from the Superintendent of Hardeman County Schools. Appointment to an academic department will depend on the successful candidate’s academic background and interests.
The ideal candidate will have high-level expertise in the areas of youth development, innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to education, 4-H structure and programs, and education in non-formal environments. The candidate should have a strong background in the sciences, with experience and ideas of how to use the environment and outdoors as an integrating context in STEM education. The candidate must have an understanding of current education topics, including state and national standards, summer learning, culturally-relevant pedagogy, nutrition, and more.
Specific duties include:
- Provide leadership for education programs that meet the needs of all eligible clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status.
- Develop and implement curricula and activities to advance STEM education at Lone Oaks Farm. This shall include day field trips for K-12 classes, as well as multi-day and overnight events.
- Promote and market STEM educational programs to area school districts on a fee-basis, with the goal of producing revenue that can be used to build and enhance the program.
- Develop a network of relationships with key stakeholders, organizations, and colleagues pertinent to the STEM education program at the Farm.
- Seek and secure significant extramural funding – including grants, fees, contracts, and gifts – to support the program, to support the program and the hire of additional support staff.
- Provide quarterly updates about the impact, progress, and challenges related to the STEM program.
- Develop and maintain expertise about issues important to STEM education.
- Assume other duties as assigned.
- Terminal degree in Education or a STEM-based discipline.
- Strong background in education, with emphasis in the STEM arena.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technology, including computer skills.
- Demonstrated ability to create fun, engaging learning environments.
- Record of success in garnering significant extramural funds to support education programs.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with parents, schools, and other stakeholders to support educational achievement.
- Administrative experience, including responsibilities for budget and personnel.
- Demonstrated ability to create and implement successful informal education programs, particularly with an emphasis on STEM education.
- National Board Certified Teacher designation.
- Training and/or involvement with organizations recognized for innovation and excellence in teaching (e.g., UTeach, Teach for America, etc.)
How to Apply:
To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, and names/contact information for five professional references to Dr. Ben West via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2
This is a grant-funded position. Continued employment is contingent upon performance and funding. Benefits include group hospitalization and life insurance, State Employees Retirement; Workers’ Compensation; study, sick and annual leave; numerous University of Tennessee and state benefits programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity pay after three years of service; reimbursement for official travel and continuing education.