Director of the STEM Accelerator, College of Science

Fairfax, VA
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 24, 2022
Mar 31, 2023
Full Time
Director of the STEM AcceleratorThe George Mason University, College of Science (COS) STEM Accelerator invites experienced and motivated professionals to apply to our open position as Director of the STEM Accelerator. This is a new search beginning in the Fall of 2022. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The STEM Accelerator in the College of Science at George Mason University aims ​to be a national leader of innovative and effective STEM Education initiatives in higher education. Conceived in 2011 and with a unique interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff, the Accelerator works to increase the number of STEM majors, improve retention rates of STEM students, and help STEM graduates join the workforce or continue their education. More information on the STEM Accelerator and its programs can be viewed online: Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. In Mason's College of Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.Responsibilities:The Director of the STEM Accelerator will centralize and organize support for diverse and active Accelerator programs, including both external and internal facing, by managing Accelerator budgets, including expenses, outreach, travel and leading workshops to advance and modernize teaching styles and pedagogy within the College of Science and provide support to administration of Learning Assistant (LA) Program, advocate for expansion and integration. The Director will report to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Affairs.Specific duties include, but are not limited to:Lead regular STEM Accelerator meetings, oversee recording and dissemination of meeting minutes, supervise Accelerator administrative staff and student workers;Coordinate data collection and analysis regarding existing programs, including those involving the community beyond Mason;Contribute to grant writing and administration of externally funded programs;Lead and contribute to education research projects, including active collaboration with local area units and departments;Spearhead program development of graduate level (MS and PhD) Discipline-based Educational Research (DBER) in COS, with Accelerator faculty leading doctoral and masters research committees;Envision and develop peer teaching evaluation protocols for COS;Coordinate with COS Communications and Marketing regarding dissemination of events, opportunities, and activities;Support and facilitate expansion of the Accelerator to include representation from more departments in COS (e.g. Environmental Science and Policy, Computational and Data Science, and Geography and Geoinformation Science);Create regular reports for COS Faculty and administration highlighting Accelerator work;Represent STEM Accelerator at Deans, Chairs, and Directors Meetings; andSupport STEM Accelerator faculty as they pursue their individual and collective professional goals.Required Qualifications:PhD in STEM discipline or STEM education;Considerable experience teaching in higher education (generally 5+ years);Superior writing and oral communication and time-management skills;Demonstrated experience with event management and logistics;Experience with STEM education program development and implementation; andCurrent knowledge of modern STEM pedagogy, STEM education research, and assessment.Preferred Qualifications:Extensive experience teaching in higher education (10+ years);Considerable experience in full-time college-level administration (5+ years);Track record of successful grant administration and management;Ability to communicate with and manage diverse groups and individuals; andDemonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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