Careers in
Science Education

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education. A program aimed at recent (in the last ~3 years) Ph.D. recipients with two major goals: to prepare Ph.D.s for leadership roles in science education and to provide them with an opportunity to obtain expertise in one area of science education research.

Science Education Partnership Award. Sponsored by the NIH's National Center for Research Resource, this program "encourages active biomedical and/or behavioral scientists to work as partners with educators, media experts, community leaders and other interested organizations on projects to improve the student (K-12) and the public understanding of the health sciences." Eligibility requirements were unclear to me. Who can apply for these grants--postdocs, staff scientists, professors?

Grants for Science Education. Grants available for projects at the pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

NSF Division of Undergraduate Education. Funds such projects as "creating a course or curriculum, improving a laboratory by teaching new concepts directly, teaching new material to undergraduate faculty, or preparing future technicians or K-12 teachers in a more effective way. "

Of interest:
These links don't have job information per se, but will help acquaint you with what is going on in the world of science education.

Beyond BIO 101: The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education. A report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Workshop Biology. University of Oregon project whose goal if to improve biology teaching for non-biology majors. Includes description of their innovative course for non-majors, which aims to "help students make informed, critical decisions, about important biological issues, that are consistent with their values." Several course activities are presented in detail.

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. Founded in 1986, BioQUEST is a consortium of biologists, educators, science education researchers, and computer scientists. The consortium seeks "to promote curriculum innovation by serving a national role as a networking resource for individuals to share, distribute, and enhance cooperation among on-going and future biology education development projects" and "actively supports an extended network of educators interested in the reform of undergraduate biology."

Systemic Changes in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum. NSF-sponsored initiative. Funded programs include Workshop Chemistry, ChemLinks, ModularChem, Molecular Science, and Establishing New Traditions.

Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences. "A national coalition of professional societies in the biological sciences that have joined together in an effort to improve undergraduate education in the life sciences."

Association for Biology Laboratory Education.

Society for College Science Teachers.


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