Geosciences, Auburn University - Hiring Dept. Chair and DBER PostDoc
Auburn University, Alabama, United States
Start reviewing process: 9 November 2023

My department is advertising for Department Chair, review of applications begins November 9th -

Also, I am hiring a postdoc in Discipline Based Education Research in Geoscience or Mathematics. Full description below.

Discipline Based Education Post Doctoral Scholar
College of Science and Mathematics
Auburn University

The Inclusive Design for Enhancing Active Learning in STEM (IDEALS) program aims to develop, implement, evaluate, test, and refine faculty professional development that pairs inclusive teaching strategies with active learning in undergraduate STEM courses. Each summer, a team of 15 IDEALS faculty fellows participate in a week-long workshop, introducing them to Backwards Design, the Transparency in Learning and Teaching framework, Active Learning strategies, and inclusive teaching pedagogy.

IDEALS is an NSF funded IUSE project which will research: (1) changes to teaching practice that faculty make because of the professional development program, (2) faculty perceptions of the impact of changes made, and (3) the impact of these changes on student engagement, sense of belonging, and success outcomes. See the award abstract for more information -

We are hiring a postdoctoral scholar to collaborate on the project for 2 years, with a possible 3rd year extension. There are opportunities to teach undergraduate courses in the Postdoc’s area of expertise. The postdoc will take an active role in studying the impact of the IDEALS professional development program on faculty teaching practices. They are encouraged to develop their own independent education research program.

  • The ideal applicant will be familiar with case study methodologies, or excited to grow their qualitative research skills in this area.
  • Candidate must have a PhD in a geoscience or related discipline. OR candidate must have a PhD in mathematics or related discipline (if applicant has a math education PhD, then they must have a masters degree in mathematics).

About Auburn University: The College of Science and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University is home to a cluster of discipline-based education researchers (DBER). Faculty with research focused on effective education and science communication are embedded in all five departments within the college. Additionally, IDEALS is a collaboration between COSAM and the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. The Biggio Center provides research-based training and support for teachers across Auburn University ( The successful candidate will work closely with the Biggio Center and the COSAM DBER community.

If you would like to apply please email one or both of the project PIs, Dr. Stephanie Shepherd – slshepherd(at) and Dr. Melinda Lanius – melinda.lanius(at) We would also be glad to provide more information or answer questions about the position.

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a curriculum vita, and a statement of research interest and career goals through the following link - Be sure to select Geosciences or Mathematics/Statistic in the supplemental questions. You are also encouraged to submit a DEI statement.

Stephanie L. Shepherd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Geosciences
Auburn University

Auburn, AL 36849

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group