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Mathematics Education Faculty Applications Now Accepted

on Friday, 30 September 2016

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education (The Center) is pleased to announce a new faculty position in mathematics education with the intended start date of Summer 2017.

The Center is housed within the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame.

Position Description and Qualifications:

Teaching/Professional Development (30%)
1.    Lead the mathematics instruction professional development throughout the Summer Institute and the academic year for the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows professional development program (https://stemeducation.nd.edu/trustey)
2.    Teach the mathematics methods and/or mathematics assessment course for the ACE M.Ed. program during the summer session (https://ace.nd.edu)
3.    Teach one undergraduate course each academic year in an area of educational interest for the University of Notre Dame Education, Schooling, and Society minor (https://ess.nd.edu)

Research (40%)
1.    Develop an on-going research program to investigate aspects of mathematics and STEM education that preferably align with the Center’s research/practice foci, for example:
      a.    Cognition and instruction in mathematics classrooms
      b.    Equity, access, and identity in mathematics classrooms
      c.    Understanding effective mathematics/STEM learning environments
      d.    Students’ mathematical outcomes and teachers’ mathematical instructional practices in Catholic schools
      e.    Mathematics education in and out of school contexts
2.    Define independent research studies and data analysis using data collected as part of the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program, the signature professional development program within the Center
3.    Contribute to the scholarly and intellectual life of the Institute more broadly

Broader Service (30%)
1.    Contribute as a member of the Center’s core team through planning, visioning, and participation in additional Center efforts, as appropriate
2.    Participate in the annual interview and selection process for candidates for the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program
3.    Consult with units within the Institute and University as a resource for mathematics education

Competitive applicants will have some disciplinary background in mathematics, K-12 teaching experience, and must have an earned advanced degree (preference given to terminal degrees) or strong prospect of an advanced degree by June 1, 2017. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in leading professional development and teaching middle or high school mathematics methods courses.

Application Process
Applicants should submit:
1.    a cover letter indicating the candidate’s specific interests and experiences in mathematics education research, teaching, and broader service;
2.    a curriculum vitae;
3.    a writing sample (journal article or chapter—no full dissertations);
4.    three letters of recommendation that optimally speak to the applicant’s proficiency in research, teaching, and ability to work collaboratively.

Information on the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education can be found at http://stemeducation.nd.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 10, 2016 until the position is filled.

Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Matt Kloser at .  All application materials, including recommendations submitted directly from recommenders, should be submitted electronically via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/38191

The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer.

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows April Update

on Friday, 22 April 2016

Summer is rapidly approaching and the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Summer Institute will be here before you know it! We have a few updates as we get close:

First, we are excited to announce Cohort 2! Thirty-one teachers and nine schools will join the current members of Cohort 1 in improving the learning and teaching of the STEM disciplines at their respective schools. Cohort 2 includes the following school teams:

  • Clara Barton, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Holy Family-Annunciation Catholic School, Jacksonville, FL
  • Malcolm X, Washington, DC
  • Mansfeld STEM Magnet Middle School, Tucson, AZ
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, Coal Township, PA
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside, CA
  • St. Anthony de Padua Catholic School, South Bend, IN
  • St. John XXIII Catholic School, Scottsdale, AZ
  • STEM Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

Second, our team from the Diocese of La Crosse Schools checks in about their STEM Impact Plan and STEM efforts in their schools:unnamed

What's the most ambitious element of your STEM Impact Plan work so far?

Our most ambitious piece of our STEM Impact Plan was to introduce our whole school community, (students, staff, parents) to STEM and the engineering design process. Anneleisa has worked on implementing at least one large STEM project with each teacher during both semesters. She is meeting with each of the teachers individually to go over one lesson they would like to transform into a STEM lesson/project.  

What exciting STEM experiences are happening in your schools?

During Catholic Schools Week, St. Mary's held a 19-team STEM engineering design challenge. It was based on the Dr. Seuss story “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” The teams engineered a structure that had to be at least 12' tall. This challenge far exceeded our expectations. The All School Science Fair was redesigned to ensure all grades were incorporating STEM concepts and the Engineering Design Process in their projects, including a focus on citizen science in 6th grade!
unnamed2 The 8th graders at Assumption created sustainable biodegradable vehicle frames during the first semester. This was a project that pushed them to construct the lightest frame from food that could hold 100g.

All students at St. Joseph participated in a school-wide STEM project day. Each group was tasked with designing an edible vehicle.

In what ways have you been able to engage other members of your school, local community, or other STEM Teaching Fellows?

With the Dr. Seuss Challenge, we invited our local radio station owner to come and read to the student body the story “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” prior to the challenge. We also had parents who are engineers visit and talk to the teams about the importance of learning all they can about problem solving, team building, and success and failure in their work.

Our “More than Planting Seeds Project” is well underway.  This project has pea shoots from La Crosse sprouting up throughout the United States. We have been able to mentor other Fellow Teams, other local schools, and other out-of-state schools not affiliated with Notre Dame or our school. Shirley will be presenting this project at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Conference in April.

We can't wait to see you all on July 17th here on campus and begin our work together!

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Digital Information Session

on Friday, 12 February 2016

Interested in changing the face of STEM education in your classroom and school? Find out more about the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows, a fully funded STEM Teaching Fellowship for teachers in the middle grades.

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education will host an informal digital information session about the program and the application process at two times on Thursday, February 18th - 4 PM and 7:30 PM Eastern Time.

The Digital Info Session will take place via Zoom - a free application for videoconferencing. To join, just click on the appropriate link below. A plug-in for the program will begin to download automatically and then you will be able to enter the video conference.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Patrick Kirkland at .

Thursday, February 18th

For more information about the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows or to apply for the program, go to http://stemeducation.nd.edu/trustey

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Post-Doctoral Fellowship Applications Now Available

on Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education is pleased to announce a post-doctoral fellowship in service of the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows (http://stemeducation.nd.edu/trustey). The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education is housed within the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. The position includes significant research and program administration responsibilities, with the potential for some teaching.

Position Description and Qualifications

Research and Evaluation (40%)
1.    Work with the Trustey Fellows research team to analyze data and identify new research questions that align with the Center’s research/practice foci (e.g.):
     a.    STEM teacher leadership
     b.    Correlating core practices with student outcomes
     c.    STEM-Catholic school intersection and outcomes
     d.    Equity and access in STEM
     e.    Understanding effective STEM learning environments
2.    Define independent research studies and data analysis using Trustey Fellows data
3.    Contribute to the scholarly and intellectual life of the Institute more broadly

Program Administration (40%)
1.    Coordinate Fellows’ recruitment
2.    Coordinate the application, interview, and selection process
3.    Oversee monthly communications
4.    Coordinate Summer Institute and RISE Summit logistics
     a.    Oversee travel, lodging, and meals with Heather Legault
5.    Contribute to the core team’s planning and visioning

Teaching/Professional Development (20%)
1.    Co-lead a Summer Institute module in an area of expertise
2.    Provide content-based video coaching throughout the year

Applicants should have a disciplinary background in a STEM discipline, K-12 teaching experience, and must have an earned advanced degree (master or doctoral degree) or strong prospect of an advanced degree by August 1, 2016. Special consideration will be given to candidates with professional teaching and/or research experience in the areas of STEM Integration and mathematics instructional practice. However, applicants are not limited to these two domains.

Application Process

Applicants should submit:
1)    a cover letter that at minimum includes how the candidate can contribute to the a) successful administration of the program and recruitment of Fellows, b) the professional development of the Fellows, particularly in the area of the program’s three main modules or issues of access and equity, and c) the on-going research and evaluation of the program;
2)    a curriculum vitae;
3)    a writing sample (of journal article or chapter length--no full dissertations);
4)    three letters of recommendation

Information on the Center for STEM Education and the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows can be found at http://stemeducation.nd.edu and http://stemeducation.nd.edu/trustey, respectively. Applicants will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2016 and on a continuing basis until the position is filled.  

Questions about the Trustey Fellows post-doctoral fellowship can be addressed to Dr. Matt Kloser at .  All application materials should be submitted electronically to Heather Legault (). Recommendation letters should be sent directly from the recommender to Heather Legault.  

The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer.

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