Assistant Professor of Science Education

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science

Position: Assistant Professor of Science Education
Effective: August 19, 2024 (Fall Semester) 
Salary: The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated salary for this position is between $7,000 and $7,800 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year) depending on prior experience. Salary offered is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin October 3, 2023. Position is open until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
Department of Science Education

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Science Education, Education, Learning Sciences (or equivalent). Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2024.
  • Undergraduate/Graduate degree in science discipline (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of U.S. K-12 public schools, science standards and pedagogical reforms
  • Experience or interest in working with preservice or in-service science teachers
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as teacher of record for grades 6-12 (secondary level)
  • Strong background in physical sciences (chemistry, physics, etc.)
  • Use of diversity, equity and justice lens to inform both scholarship and pedagogy as evidenced by scholarly and educational accomplishments
  • Experience working toward equity and justice for racially and linguistically minoritized learners in schools and/or other learning environments
  • Publications, presentations, or other forms of scholarly communication aimed at both science teachers and science education researchers
  • Publications, presentations, or other forms of scholarly communication with an emphasis on diversity, equity and justice in education
  • Engagement with science teacher organizations (e.g., Science Educators for Equity, Diversity and SocialJustice (SEEDS), National Science Teaching Association, American Association of Physics Teachers, National Association of Biology Teachers, state or local science teacher associations)
  • Record of successful teaching, mentoring, or advocacy for students from underrepresented groups.
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body


  • Teach courses in the Science Education Department, including courses in the Master of Science in Science Education program and other Science Education courses (e.g., science teaching methods, general education science courses, secondary subject credential program, and our proposed multidisciplinary major in natural sciences). [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.] The mode of instruction will primarily be in-person but may include some hybrid and online courses
  • Teach and develop graduate science education courses for the Science Education MS program
  • Teach and develop undergraduate courses for a range of students including science and non-science majors and future educators
  • Advise and mentor graduate students in Science Education MS program
  • Assist with advising for undergraduates enrolled in the proposed undergraduate Natural Sciences major
  • Develop and maintain a program of scholarship in science education resulting in publications, presentations, and funding
  • Engage with local science educators to support teaching, scholarship, and service activities
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community

CSULB is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, and over half of our population are first generation college students. As a department serving a diverse body of students, the Department of Science Education seeks tenure-line candidates who, through their own lived experiences with marginalized identities or previous experience supporting students with diverse experiences and identities, will be committed to the successful teaching and mentoring of all students.

About the Department

The Department of Science Education is committed to developing a diverse faculty, with a richness of personal and educational experience. We welcome all applicants who are highly motivated to engage with a diverse student body and to work vigorously in the classroom to provide an exceptional education to our community of student scholars. We are excited to welcome candidates who will join us in contributing to our students’ talent, expertise, and perspective. Candidates whose scholarship and pedagogy work toward transforming science education for the least-advantaged children and communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Our department is unique in many ways. We are a community of science education faculty who collaborate on curriculum development, scholarship, and service projects. The department offers science pedagogy courses, science content courses for science and non-science majors, and graduate-level science education courses. Our graduate program features an M.S. in Science Education that engages students who are typically experienced, full-time educators working in TK-12 or informal science education settings. Our M.S. students typically aim to become leaders in those settings rather than future doctoral students and have opportunities to engage in research with our faculty. We encourage M.S. students to investigate a problem of practice in their own educational context as the basis for their thesis.

Science Education’s placement as a department within the College of Natural Science and Mathematics allows faculty the opportunity to collaborate within the department while also fostering close working relationships with colleagues from disciplinary science departments. The department’s five tenured/tenure-track faculty, three active emeritus faculty, and 15+ experienced part-time lecturers also collaborate with colleagues across campus on varied projects and grants. Examples of current faculty-led initiatives include: A-STEP: Aligning the Science Teacher Education Pathway, the Young Scientists Camp (including a camp for homeless youth), the Mobile Making to Engage Underserved Youth Project, the CNSM Science Learning Center, and The National Center for Science in Early Childhood.

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.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: CSU Employee Benefits

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  
  • Research/Scholarly Interests statement (maximum two pages, single-spaced)
  • Teaching Statement (maximum two pages, single-spaced)
  • Reprints of up to three representative publications
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Copy of transcript(s) undergraduate/graduate degree in science discipline (or equivalent)
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the finalist stage)
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Dr. Jim Kisiel, Search Committee Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Science Education
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA  90840-9504

(562) 985-4801 or E-Mail:


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.

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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 or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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