Will deliver a locally relevant and environmentally responsive science and technology program, Discovering the Science of the Environment (DSE), for K–12th grade students in Central Indiana schools and for the greater Indianapolis public in settings such as municipal/state/regional parks and community centers. The DSE curriculum focuses on providing an interactive, hands-on experience with a mobile science and technology trailer that aligns with Indiana State Academic Standards for Science and focuses on providing an interactive, hands-on experience using a mobile science lab. This position will be responsible for program delivery, as well as coordinating and supervising a team of undergraduates and other staff to assist in program delivery. In addition, the education specialist will work with students, staff, faculty, and professionals to create education programs. The education specialist may also contribute to the mission of the Center through grant writing and publication.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Teach and lead DSE field curriculum activities tied to Indiana State Academic Standards for 5th- 12th grade students in outdoor settings using mobile science and technology equipment at local schools and parks within Central Indiana.
Manage DSE program components through scheduling programs, stocking and maintaining trailer materials and supplies, and participating in program evaluations. Program management done under limited supervision is an essential component for successful program delivery and maintenance.
Update and create curriculum materials through gathering information from participants, program partners, and CEES faculty and staff and researching effective curriculum and instruction practices and current state academic standards changes. Providing effective, locally relevant, and updated curriculum materials appropriate for Central Indiana students and teachers is necessary to offer an educational program tied to Indiana State Academic Standards.
Participate in grant writing to secure future funding for education program support, and contribute to peer-reviewed literature in the area of science education.
Participate in team meetings to align curriculum and instruction with DSE and CEES goals/objectives. Group meetings ensure that goals and objectives are being met and that curriculum is being utilized as appropriate.
Participate in additional CEES education, outreach, and research initiatives. Additional initiatives include, but are not limited to, weekly staff meetings, leading field site tours and outreach programs, assisting with field research, and support for conferences and meetings.
REQUIRED: Bachelor's Degree in science or education from an accredited institution, plus 2 years of related experience. Must have a current Valid Driver’s License.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults, and also with professionals, such as school educators and park personnel, on a variety of science topics. An understanding of earth and environmental sciences. Familiarity with Indiana Academic Standards for Science. Knowledge of PC-based computer applications, including Microsoft Office programs. Familiarity with science education pedagogy and the primary literature relating to science education.
Master's Degree in science or education from an accredited institution.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Ability to drive a 17-foot sprinter van. Ability to work in outdoor field conditions.
Salary Plan: PAE
Salary Grade: 2SA
Campus: IUPUI - Indianapolis
Department: GEOLOGY (IN-GEOL-IUINA)
Internal Number: 69681
About Indiana University
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