Science Literacy Program Graduate Education Mentor

Contact Information
Eleanor Vandegrift
1210 University of Oregon
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm
Science Literacy Program
0.49 FTE
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
Academic Year: 

The Science Literacy Program (SLP) serves as the campus hub for science education reform and science communication. The Graduate SLP Education Mentor will support professional development for SLP Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars aiding undergraduate student success in science courses. SLP meets these goals by providing opportunities to 1) implement evidence-based pedagogies known to improve student learning, retention, and outcomes for all students, 2) improve science communication skills, and 3) assess student learning.



Duties of this position: 

  1. Participate in development and facilitation of SLP teaching professional development activities including weekly Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club, workshops, and program assessment of these activities. Select topics for journal club discussion and facilitate journal club during 1-2 terms.  May build on past sessions on science communication, inclusive teaching, active learning, or new focus in science education literature.


  1. Assist associate director with recruitment and selection of Scholars including contacting campus units and students and reviewing applications of potential students with other SLP administrators.


  1. Provide mentorship to Graduate SLP Fellows and Undergraduate SLP Scholars includes conducting orientation and midterm meetings with all Fellows and Scholars, discussing weekly reflections of program experience, observing classroom teaching and providing feedback, and consulting on implementation of teaching strategies for general education science courses.


  1. Update program activities on SLP website and social media.


  1. Coordinate and develop programming related to science education and science communication through SLP affiliations with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching and original program development.


  1. Participate in campus-wide conversations about STEM education reform, supporting student success, creating inclusive classroom environments, and supporting high quality teaching and professional development.


  1. Assist SLP Associate Director and SLP Senior Research Associate with program evaluation, program-based research studies and other program related projects as they arise



Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Preference will be given to a candidate with

  1. demonstrated interest in higher education science education reform and science communication developed through first-hand experiences, 
  2. experience adopting evidence-based classroom pedagogies,
  3. a teaching philosophy demonstrating a commitment to high-quality education, and
  4. interest in providing resources and mentorship to others in teaching and science communication.


Application Procedure: 

Please submit an application to Elly Vandegrift, SLP Associate Director, by email as a single PDF or Word document attachment containing:


  1. A cover letter explaining interest in this position and relevant experience
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy
  4. The names and contact information of two references including email addresses and phone numbers


The SLP Team will then hold interviews with potential candidates.



Our General Duties and Responsibilities Statement (GDRS), which includes our general appointment/reappointment process and criteria, is available online.

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