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  • National Institute on Scientific Teaching

Western Michigan University

The Mallinson Institute for Science Education (MISE), an interdisciplinary science education and research unit within the College of Arts and Sciences at WMU, invites applicants for a tenure track, academic-year position in Health Sciences Education Research beginning in August 2020. Most faculty members in MISE hold joint appointments with science departments. A joint appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences or Chemistry will accompany this position (specific department TBD based on the applicant’s background).

A .pdf version of the job add can be found at:

This is one of seven new positions in the WMU College of Arts and Sciences that are part of a faculty cluster established to build on our existing excellence in public health research and community engagement to create innovative public health solutions ( As articulated in the College of Arts and Sciences strategic plan, we are committed to fostering a community of diverse, inclusive, equitable and globally-engaged scholars, learners and leaders.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a research agenda and externally-funded research program in science education, with a focus on student learning and success in the health sciences (e.g., student knowledge development and progression from pre-professional health science programs to degree completion, student understanding of key health science concepts). Professional responsibilities also include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that may include, but are not limited to: Biology or Chemistry undergraduate courses for students in pre-professional health science programs as well as Graduate Seminars and Research Methods in Science Education for MISE graduate students.

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 21,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

MISE is one of the most active, externally supported research units at WMU, confers Masters and PhD degrees, and supports the general education mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University. The MISE mission is to promote quality science education. This includes improving the teaching of science in formal and informal settings, both locally and internationally.

For questions about the position, contact Charles Henderson at

Please visit for detailed information and application procedures (posting number 0605144). Expected start date is Fall 2020. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 4, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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