HEADQUARTERED: Missouri University of Science & Technology
The State Specialist in Youth STEM Education and Engagement develops, delivers, and improves opportunities for Missouri youth to discover and engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track (NTT) position that is eligible for rank and promotion within University of Missouri (MU) Division of Extension, Non-tenure rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full Extension Professional) will be assigned at the time of appointment, depending on qualifications and experience relative to division and university standards and policy. The appointment is an annually renewable contract within the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development in Columbia, Missouri, reporting primarily to the Director of the Center. Additionally, the position is housed at the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla, Missouri, and is concurrently appointed for teaching and service within the Missouri S&T Department of Teacher Education and Certification and secondarily reports to the Department Chair of Teaching Education and Certification. This position will have strong linkages to youth development and STEM departments and units on both the MU and S&T campuses, as well as statewide relationships with youth programs and schools.
The position will be responsible for developing research-based 4-H Youth Development curriculum and programs focused on STEM education, outreach and engagement; partnering with Missouri S&T and other faculty in STEM fields for developing strategies for engaging youth in those disciplines; delivering training and development to faculty and others using the curriculum and programs; and evaluating the implementation and content of the curriculum and programs. This position provides leadership to the design, development, delivery and evaluation of the 4-H STEM program by working collaboratively with department faculty, regional Extension faculty, school districts, non-profit organizations, staff, youth, volunteers and stakeholders. The position uses the existing 4-H programs in rural school districts to help youth ages 5 to 18 learn about the role of STEM in their lives and explore career possibilities. The position will also network and coordinate with other STEM-related organizations.
The position is responsible for providing statewide leadership to engage youth in STEM activities, developing 4-H curriculum and educational opportunities in STEM, engaging new audiences in 4-H, and supporting diversity and inclusion particularly in STEM fields. This position is expected to collaborate with faculty in other STEM fields for cross-disciplinary education outreach. Additionally, this position may develop and teach for-credit courses in the Department of Teacher Education and Certification.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Utilize youth development and education principles to design and deliver 4-H program to be more STEM focused, collaborating with faculty, school districts, staff, youth, volunteers, community partners and other stakeholders on effective content and delivery.
Engage new audiences, particularly those from underrepresented groups, in 4-H and other STEM activities.
Develop, organize, coordinate, and lead comprehensive county, regional and state learning opportunities for teachers and others incorporating 4-H, with a focus on STEM and addressing career readiness in these fields.
Assess & publish the impact of newly developed 4-H curricula and training through established program evaluation methods.
Build and maintain strong connections with non-profit organizations, schools, leaders, businesses, and partners in fields and disciplines that contribute to 4-H youth development and STEM.
Develop multidisciplinary collaborations with faculty from all the MU Campuses to develop statewide programs and events and extension research studies
Other duties as assigned, include teaching of typically not more than one course any semester in the Department of Teacher Education and Certification.
Remain current in knowledge and skills needed to effectively create 4-H education curriculum and evaluate its effectiveness.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve STEM education skills and knowledge, and to share this knowledge with others across the state.
Participate in Teacher Education and Certification department meetings and other initiatives.
Be comfortable using technology to communicate with teachers on site as well as those in more remote rural school districts.
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Missouri S&T is one of the nation's leading research universities with 98 degree programs in 39 disciplines. Located about 100 miles west of St. Louis in the multicultural community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks scenery. Missouri S&T offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, liberal arts, humanities and business, with master's and Ph.D. programs available in many of the science and engineering programs and master's degrees in biological sciences, business administration and technical communication. With nearly 9,000 students enrolled on campus and online, Missouri S&T is big enough to accommodate a diverse population, yet small enough for individuals to build high visibility and impactful careers!
The University of Missouri (MU) Extension's distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. MU Extension faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians. For more information about MU Extension, visit http://extension.missouri.edu.
LEADERSHIP RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
The position primarily reports to the Director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development at the University of Missouri (Columbia) campus, and secondarily reports to the Department Chair of Teacher Education and Certification on the Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla) campus, where it is headquartered. Additional local leadership is provided by the MU Extension East Central Regional Director, headquarter in Rolla.
At least three years of experience working with youth in STEM-related programing
A master's or Ed.S. degree in education or STEM education field
An earned PhD or EdD in a discipline related to STEM Education and/or Youth Development Education
Experience writing curriculum, developing and delivering youth programming, and leading teacher professional development at the regional or state level
Experience teaching education courses at the college level
Teacher certification in STEM-related field and five years of public-school teaching experience
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to upload:
Copies of all academic transcripts, and
a list of 3-5 references
It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document.
Commensurate with education and experience.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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