NSF Summer Research Experience for STEM Teachers in Comparative Biomechanics, Paleontology and Evolution

Inside_Dinosaurs_RET 2016Research Experience for STEM Teacher position is available at the University of Missouri Integrative Anatomy program for the summer of 2016. The teacher will design and conduct studies that explore the anatomy and biomechanics of birds, dinosaurs, and crocodilians as part of the NSF-sponsored Inside Dinosaurs program to better understand the evolution of vertebrate feeding biomechanics and the origins of avian cranial kinesis. The teacher will work under the supervision of Drs. Casey Holliday and Kevin Middleton, alongside postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates. We are particularly interested in teachers interested in helping translate research in biomechanics, vertebrate paleontology and bone biology into grade 6-12 classroom activities and/or web modules that foster the understanding of physics, biology and evolution in line with NGSS. The teacher will be involved in all components of their project as well as a variety of related projects being conducted in the department.

Candidates should be available for May 31-July 30th or thereabouts. We will provide parking and a stipend of $4000 for ~20/hrs a week for 8 weeks of the summer.

The ideal candidate should be interested in developing and promoting new curricular materials for local and online STEM students based on their experiences in the program. The position is renewable for 2 additional summers and resources are available to aid in dissemination of findings and materials at national conferences as well as the development of teacher workshops to test and evaluate the new curricular materials. Individuals should be creative, industrious, detail-oriented and comfortable working as part of a team. Experience in biology, anatomy, physiology, physics, mathematics, or geology is required. Experience with field, collections, or laboratory work in these areas is a plus but not necessary.

Application deadline: April 10, 2016

Applications should include: Contact information for two professional references, CV/resume and a one page statement that describes your interest in the position, goals and any previous research-teaching experiences.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Casey Holliday at hollidayca@missouri.edu with ‘2016 RET application” in the subject line. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

About Casey

I am an Associate Professor of Anatomy at University of Missouri-Columbia. I teach Anatomy for the Medical School. I conduct research on the evolutionary morphology of vertebrates, particularly the structure, function, and evolution of the feeding apparatus. Much of this involves studying the biology of bone, cartilage and muscle. of dinosaurs and fossil crocs. I have a great job.
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