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STEM Education Cohort Hire – Assistant Professor (3 Positions)

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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The search will remain open until the position is filled.  First consideration will be given to online applications received before February 22, 2022.   Visit to apply electronically and view complete details. Refer to Posting #F00291.

DEI STEM Cohort Positions

The University of Rhode Island seeks to hire a cohort of three Tenure-Track Assistant Professors in the STEM disciplines with documented expertise in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). These three tenure-track position lines will be in the departments of Chemistry, Mathematics and a combined Cell and Molecular Biology/Computer Science and Statistics. These are in addition to an advertised SoTL Biological Sciences faculty line. 

The University of Rhode Island is a diverse and dynamic community whose members are connected by a common quest for knowledge. As a major research university defined by innovation and big thinking, URI offers its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students distinctive educational opportunities designed to meet the global challenges of today’s world and the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. URI strives to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive University in which every individual can learn, work and thrive. URI was recently named #3 in Best Value College’s list of the 30 most beautiful coastal college campuses. Rhode Island is, after all, the Ocean State.

Basic Function: 

We seek candidates committed to developing a vibrant and externally funded research program in undergraduate STEM education. It is anticipated that these faculty have a thorough understanding, through research and application, of best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and in assessment. The purpose of hiring a cohort is to enable interaction across disciplines and encourage the establishment of joint ventures. The successful candidates will conduct research, support and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and teach an introductory course in their discipline as well as upper-division or graduate courses in their field of interest. The successful candidates will couple their research and teaching efforts to improve teaching and learning within their own classroom while partnering with other members of the SoTL cohort as well as other STEM instructors. The successful applicants will be those who have demonstrated that they can help advance student achievement, especially for those students from underrepresented groups, who disproportionately struggle with the STEM gateway courses and are historically excluded from science. 

Individual Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Perform discipline-based education research (DBER) in either mathematics, chemistry, biology data analytics, computer science, or statistics.

Broadly disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed publications in discipline-appropriate journals or conference proceedings.

Secure external research funding sufficient to conduct research and support graduate and undergraduate students.

Teach introductory courses in discipline and additional relevant courses based on interests and apply evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies to improve student success.

Employ strategies to improve the success and retention of historically excluded students.

Perform departmental, college and university service as required.

The workload is 50% research, 40% teaching and 10% service. This translates into two courses per semester. 

Cohort Responsibilities:

Develop a scholarship agenda that explores and develops evidence-based, high-impact practices in SoTL aimed at improving and assessing pedagogy in the introductory and core STEM curriculum and includes undergraduate researchers. 

Foster collaboration with Student Success Lecturers and other interested faculty to create a SoTL community of practice.

Organize and sustain, in collaboration with the office of the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (ATL), a campus-wide SoTL seminar series. 

Collaborate with ATL to develop a SoTL Institute.

Engage in ongoing development and assessment of the impact of innovative pedagogical initiatives on student learning and success.


1.        PHD in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Data Analytics, Computer Science, Statistics, or a closely related field by June 2022.

2.        Documented expertise in DBER through practice and scholarship.

3.        Demonstrated the potential of developing an externally funded research program.

4.        Documented record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

5.        Demonstrated the potential of becoming an effective teacher and mentor.

6.        Demonstrated ability to promote equity and inclusion, particularly for students historically excluded from science.

7.        Demonstrated the potential of improving learning outcomes.

8.        Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
9.        Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Requirements:

1.        Documented record of soliciting and /or securing funding to support research.

2.        Demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentorship.

3.        Demonstrated experience working to improve learning outcomes in diverse groups/populations.

URI is an AA/EEO employer and values diversity. URI is an E-Verify employer.


The University of Rhode Island is the State’s public learner-centered research university. We are a community joined in a common quest for knowledge. The University is committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions. URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university.

Our undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach serve Rhode Island and beyond.  Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are united in one common purpose: to learn and lead together.  Embracing Rhode Island’s heritage of independent thought, we value:

  • Creativity and Scholarship
  • Diversity, Fairness, and Respect
  • Engaged Learning and Civic Involvement
  • Intellectual and Ethical Leadership
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