Oct 15, 2019
The University of Utah seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the learning sciences focused on STEM learning in museums and informal contexts. This is a joint hire between the College of Education and the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU), both at the University of Utah. Faculty appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Educational Psychology (Learning and Cognition Program). As part of this position, the faculty member will be expected to: • Develop and maintain a program of high-quality learning sciences research focused on learning (broadly construed) with potential application to learning STEM content in museums and/or informal spaces. Area of specialization is open, but examples may include: learning technologies for informal learning; research on barriers and opportunities for deeper learning in museum contexts; social and collaborative learning in museums/informal environments; transformative STEM experiences in museum environments; multimedia and tangibles for STEM learning in informal spaces. • Collaborate with natural science and visualization faculty to develop meaningful research concerning how, when, and to what extent public audiences learn in museum/informal contexts • Conduct research using the museum’s learning laboratory and educational spaces • Publish academic research articles, contribute to scientific discourse, and translate learning research into practical recommendations related to public learning in museum contexts • Teach relevant university courses, advise/supervise graduate students in the Learning and Cognition program within the Department of Educational Psychology, and participate in museum public programming • Develop research funding proposals to national agencies and foundations • Participate in faculty governance at the department, college, and university levels This position is part of an interdisciplinary cluster of faculty at the University of Utah that brings together natural scientists, visualization researchers, and learning scientists to engage in novel research, outreach, and public learning. Positions in the cluster build on a long history of faculty positions shared between academic departments and NHMU. More information about this position and the cluster can be found online: https://nhmu.utah.edu/sustaining-biodiversity. At the Natural History Museum of Utah, we recognize that our strength and sustainability as an organization stem from diversity and inclusion. For this reason, we are committed to fostering equity, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and empowering staff members in developing an accessible and inclusive work environment.
We also place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the museum or participates in any of our programs. We believe that everyone at NHMU, at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Therefore, all staff members receive ongoing training and are expected to consistently contribute to creating exceptional, memorable, and inclusive experiences for our guests, partners, and the community. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019, and continue until filled. Submit an application on-line ( http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/98121) that includes a CV, three sample publications, contact information for exactly three references, and a letter of interest that addresses: (1) research, (2) teaching, (3) programmatic interests, i.e. describe how your research may impact and contribute to exhibits and public programs at the museum, particularly in collaboration with natural and/or visualization scientists. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. by time of appointment. Questions may be directed to the Museum’s Interim Executive Director, Becky Menlove (email@example.com) and/or the Chair of Educational Psychology, Jason Burrow-Sanchez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.
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