Concordia University, Chicago
  • 13-Feb-2018 to 14-Aug-2018 (CST)
  • COE - Science
  • River Forest, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Concordia University Chicago is seeking a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Science Education. This full-time faculty position will lead the Science/STEM Education curriculum and instruction for the teacher preparation programs. This position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Education.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


This position, Science/STEM Education Faculty, is responsible for overseeing the curriculum and instruction across the education programs; elementary, middle grades, and secondary. We seek a faculty member with a strong desire to teach as well as collaborate with other program Coordinators in the College of Education and the Natural Science Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. Responsible for teaching content and methods courses to meet curriculum and instruction requirements as mandated by state rules, accreditors, and preparation needs of the programs. The ideal candidate will be a K-12 science educator who is conversant with the Next Generation Science Standards and is familiar with the structure of STEM education. Although a terminal degree is required, the committee will consider a candidate nearing completion of their doctorate.



  • Provides competency, standards-based education which aligns with the Concordia University conceptual framework, Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the National Science Teachers Association standards as well as supports the Concordia University mission.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how to teach in a diverse and changing learning community.
  • Able to teach foundation courses in education and technology, including being conversant with how technology supports the teaching and learning of science.
  • Guides student learning in the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and applications of research-based methodologies to the coursework. 
  • Considers the general and special needs of the students, assists them in meeting those needs, and when necessary, seeks additional help from other college services.
  • Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records, submitting attendance and grades and other reports on time, and enforcing school/college academic and attendance policies.
  • Attends state meetings regarding program requirements and licensure of elementary educators to provide leadership to be in compliance with rules and regulations of the State of Illinois and to advocate for the profession, educators, schools, and the university.
  • Able to build relationships with in-service Teachers and staff in field work settings to strengthen and build partnerships.
  • Maintains an active awareness of professional trends, research, and opportunities in the field.
  • Attends scheduled semi-annual professional development program meetings when there is no conflict with a professional responsibility.
  • Works to continuously improve the curriculum, instructional delivery, and assessment of all program requirements in accordance with NCATE/CAEP and ISBE requirements.
  • Submits and analyzes data for reports pertaining to the compliance requirements of the state government, federal government, and accreditors.

Skill Sets: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to build successful relationships with various student populations.
  • Familiarity with online teaching tools or platforms used in hybrid/blended formats preferable.

Minimum Experience Required:

  • Preferably 5 or more years of k-12 successful classroom experience teaching students in public or parochial schools.
  • Preferably a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in a post-secondary or college institution with experience teaching college level courses.
  • Is conversant with the use of current media and technology for classroom teachers.

Education Requirements:

  • An earned Ph.D. or Ed. D. degree in a field of Science Education that supports the work of preparing K-12 science educators.
  • A state teaching credential, certification or license, for secondary grades.
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