Education Information Services Coordinator
The IPAC Communication and Education (ICE) team seeks an Education Information Services Coordinator (EISC). The primary duties of the successful candidate will be to coordinate a replan effort for the STEMdex project.
STEMdex (STEMdex.ipac.caltech.edu) is a web resource for Education and Public Outreach professionals working in the astronomy education community. STEMdex’s goal is to improve the community’s knowledge and understanding of the educational research papers relevant to our work. This site hosts a searchable database of summaries of peer-reviewed education papers, written by astronomy educators and posted for the entire community to use.
While we are all aware that we should be basing our education and public outreach work on a solid research foundation, many people in the community are pressed for time when it comes to staying on top of the educational literature. We aim to reduce that workload for the benefit of the entire community. We will ultimately tackle papers across the whole of the astronomy education spectrum, including formal and informal education, outreach, grades K-16, pedagogy, evaluation, and many other topics.
Given new priorities within NASA SMD outreach, the goals of our NASA “Universe of Learning” (UoL), and direct access to the science and technology to all astrophysics missions, past, present and future as represented by the UoL partnership, it is appropriate to do a partial replan of this program. In particular we need to redo a needs assessment to investigate if the STEMdex platform as currently envisaged is meeting current/future needs and goals. We are also in the process to form a work group with UoL partners and external collaborators.
The EISC will convene a working group of UoL partners to define the audience(s) for STEMdex, work with an external evaluator to do a needs assessment, redefine measurable goals and outcomes, and, if recommended by the replan effort, coordinate development of the online platform. Deliverables will include an evaluation plan, and a plan for the STEMdex project using a template planning process developed by the UoL team. In the event that the recommendation is to retire STEMdex, the candidate will deliver a close-out document describing the rationale for the recommendation.
The successful candidate will also serve as an interface between the science, educator, and content generator networks.
Additional duties may include: working with external evaluators to evaluate lesson plans developed as part of the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP), and content migration to the Cool Cosmos education website.
This is an occasional, part-time position, of 1-2 days/week through July 31, 2017.
- BS in Physics, astronomy, or equivalent.
- At least 5 years experience as a classroom educator.
- Experience in Cross-Disciplinary project/program management.
- Experience in managing or contributing to online information sharing services.
- MS preferred.
Supervisory position? No
Posting Detail Information
Posting Open Date 11/28/2016
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled No
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.