Paleonet: position: Earth science teacher PD coordinator, PRI
Robert M. Ross
rmr16 at cornell.edu
Wed Apr 23 05:44:28 BST 2008
Teacher Professional Development Coordinator
Description: The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has an opening
for a Teacher Professional Development Coordinator in Earth system science.
This position is funded over the next five years by a National Science
Foundation grant to develop teacher professional development resources to
help secondary school science teachers use real-world regional and local
Earth system science as the focus of an inquiry-based, systems approach to
teaching Earth science. The project expands upon existing "Teacher-Friendly
Guides" to Earth science of the Northeastern and Southeastern U.S.,
creating Guides and teacher resources for each of five other regions of the
The position involves two related means of coordinating teacher
participation in the project: (1) organizing logistics of workshops and
ongoing teacher support, working collaboratively in each of the five
regions with secondary school teachers in advisory panels and workshops;
(2) management of online resources and interactive tools associated with
the project website (which will be created by an outside vendor). The
online resources will include the Teacher-Friendly Guides themselves,
together with an associated virtual fieldwork database and a variety of
other tools for teacher interaction and learning.
Qualifications: Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required.
Experience in secondary school science education, in use of online
collaborative tools, and website development very helpful. Should have
passion for Earth system science, Earth science education, and best
practices in teacher professional development. This position is best for
someone who enjoys using web-based technology, would enjoy organizing
workshops, and has the capacity for traveling to numerous meetings and
conferences. Salary within the range $30,000-$39,000, depending on
experience. Position will begin by summer 2008 or earlier.
About the organization: PRI has an active and growing outreach program in
Earth system science education. In 2003 PRI opened the Museum of the Earth,
a major natural history museum in Ithaca, NY. The Paleontological Research
Institution (PRI), founded in 1932, is a dynamic fast-moving institution
with one of the largest research collections of fossils in North America.
More information about PRI can be found at
<http://www.museumoftheearth.org/>www.museumoftheearth.org. Ithaca is home
to Cornell University (with which PRI is affiliated), Ithaca College, and
numerous cultural organizations, and is set in the beautiful Finger Lakes
region of rural Upstate New York.
Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter describing your
interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, and a list of
three references (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) by
email to rmr16 at cornell.edu or by mail to: Associate Director for Outreach,
Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY
14850. Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed until
position is filled.
Robert M. Ross
Associate Director for Outreach
Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
P: 607.273.6623 x18
Now showing at Museum of the Earth:
Fishing for Fossils: Exploring the Green River Formation
March 8th through June 15th
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