Paleonet: Geoscience Teacher Development Coordinator at PRI, Ithaca, NY

Robert M. Ross rmr16 at
Fri Nov 16 19:48:39 GMT 2007

Position available: Teacher Professional Development Coordinator at the 
Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), Ithaca, NY

Description: The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has an upcoming 
opening for a Teacher Professional Development Coordinator in Earth system 

This position is funded over the next  five years by a National Science 
Foundation grant to develop teacher professional development resources to 
help secondary school science teachers use real-world regional and local 
Earth system science as the focus of an inquiry-based, systems approach to 
teaching Earth science. The project expands upon existing "Teacher-Friendly 
Guides" to Earth science of the Northeastern and Southeastern U.S., 
creating Guides and teacher resources for each of five other regions of the 

The position involves two related means of coordinating teacher 
participation in the project: (1) organizing logistics of workshops and 
ongoing teacher support, working collaboratively in each of the five 
regions with secondary school teachers in advisory panels and workshops; 
(2) management of online resources and interactive tools associated with 
the project website (which will be created by an outside vendor).  The 
online resources will include the Teacher-Friendly Guides themselves, 
together with an associated virtual fieldwork database and a variety of 
other tools for teacher interaction and learning.

Qualifications: Must have experience in secondary school science education, 
in use of online collaborative tools, and website development. Should have 
passion for Earth system science, Earth science education, and best 
practices in teacher professional development.  This position is best for 
someone who enjoys using web-based technology, would enjoy organizing 
workshops, and has the capacity for traveling to numerous meetings and 
conferences. Must have excellent interpersonal skills. Position will begin 
in early 2008.

About the organization: PRI has an active and growing outreach program in 
Earth system science education. In 2003 PRI opened the Museum of the Earth, 
a major natural history museum in Ithaca, NY. The Paleontological Research 
Institution (PRI), founded in 1932, is a dynamic fast-moving institution 
with one of the largest research collections of fossils in North America. 
More information about PRI can be found at and Ithaca is home to Cornell University (with which 
PRI is affiliated), Ithaca College, and numerous cultural organizations, 
and is set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of rural Upstate New York.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter describing your 
interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, and a list of 
three references (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) by 
email to rmr16 at or by mail to: Director of Education, 
Paleontological Research Institution, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 
14850. We will begin review of applications December 10, 2007.

A second position (Teacher Resource Developer) is also being advertising 
that focuses upon working with geoscientists and teachers to write five 
regional "Teacher-Friendly Guides," and to help design the project website 
and online materials.

Robert M. Ross
Director of Education
Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

P: 607.273.6623 x18
F: 607.273.6620

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