Assistant Professor - STEM/STEM+ Education Research

New Mexico State University (NMSU), as a Hispanic Serving, Minority Serving, land grant and space grant institution, is committed to elevating research that engages with the assets and innovations that NMSU students bring to the university and addresses local and global challenges, including diversifying and strengthening the STEM workforce through the success of a diverse and student population.

NMSU invites applications for multiple tenure-track positions in the general area of STEM/STEM+ education research at the Assistant Professor rank. This cohort of five tenure-track faculty will build on and expand our existing strengths in the area of STEM education research. This effort is part of a concerted effort aimed at establishing a core research group, spanning multiple colleges, to advance knowledge and the state of the art in STEM training and education, from K to postgraduate. Our goal is to advance foundational knowledge and its translation to effective practices to promote equitable success in STEM, especially for students who are from historically underrepresented groups in STEM.

NMSU is seeking

  • One faculty member with advanced training in Computer Science and expertise in Computer Science education and/or broadening participation in computing at the college and graduate levels
  • One faculty member with advanced training in Mathematics and expertise in Mathematics education research and/or broadening participation in mathematics at the college and graduate levels
  • Three faculty members with specific background and expertise in K-12 STEM and STEM+ education and teacher preparation research, with a particular emphasis on equity, inclusion and diversity

We are seeking individuals who are both (i) innovative STEM researchers who will contribute to enhancing NMSU's research profile and (ii) effective STEM educators, who will work to enhance the success of all students through equitable and inclusive practices. 

The new faculty members are expected to join an existing group of STEM education researchers and develop vigorous, high-impact, externally funded research programs; work closely with other members of the cohort hire and existing faculty specializing in related areas; test, deploy and impart their expertise and practices to relevant NMSU departments and collaborating school districts and communities; effectively mentor undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers; effectively support NMSU’s teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels; adopt practices that support NMSU’s mission as a Hispanic Serving and Minority Serving institution and as the land grant university of New Mexico; and contribute to an equitable, inclusive, and diverse STEM learning environment within NMSU, the local communities, and the state. Specific teaching assignments will be negotiated by the hiring departments.

Required qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline; in particular
    • A Ph.D. in Computer Science or related discipline for the Computer Science position
    • A Ph.D. in Mathematics for the Mathematics position
    • A Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Mathematics Education, or Science Education for the K-12 Teacher Education positions
  • The Ph.D. should be completed by Spring 2024
  • Active research agenda in STEM education research

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with groups which are underrepresented in STEM and knowledge about challenges in broadening participation in STEM
  • A demonstrated commitment to student success
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Understanding of the mission of a land grant, Minority Serving and Hispanic Serving institution

All applications must be submitted electronically by November 15, 2022.  Emailed and paper copies cannot be accepted.

The following materials are required for the application:

  • A cover letter; the letter should, among the other things, indicate the specific cluster area(s) of interest (Computer Science, Mathematics, TPAL)
  • A complete Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • A Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • A Statement of Contributions to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
  • A statement of research interests

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.