STEM Accelerator Director, George Mason University (Deadline: 4/28/2022)

Director of the STEM Accelerator

The College of Science, STEM Accelerator invites experienced and motivated professionals to apply to our open position as Director of the STEM Accelerator. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Department:

Mason Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.

The STEM Accelerator in the College of Science at George Mason University aims ​to be a national leader of innovative and effective STEM Education initiatives in higher education. Conceived in 2011 and with a unique interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff, the Accelerator works to increase the number of STEM majors, improve retention rates of STEM students, and help STEM graduates join the workforce or continue their education.

More information on the STEM Accelerator and its programs can be viewed online: STEM Accelerator | GMU College of Science.


Reporting to the Associate Provost for a Sustainable Earth and Exec Director of SMSC, the Director of the STEM Accelerator will centralize and organize support for diverse and active Accelerator programs, including both external and internal facing, by managing Accelerator budgets, including expenses, outreach, travel and leading workshops to advance and modernize teaching styles and pedagogy within COS and provide support to administration of LA program, advocate for expansion and integration.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Create regular reports for COS Faculty and administration highlighting Accelerator work;
  • Represent Accelerator at Deans, Chairs, and Directors Meetings;
  • Contribute to grant writing and administration;
  • Lead and contribute to education research projects, including active collaboration with LAUs;
  • Spearhead program development of MS and PHD Discipline-based Educational Research (DBER) in COS, with Accelerator faculty leading doctoral and masters research committees;
  • Coordinate data collection and analysis regarding programs, especially those involving the community beyond Mason;
  • Envision and develop peer teaching evaluation protocols for COS;
  • Coordinate with COS Communications and Marketing regarding dissemination of events, opportunities, and activities;
  • Lead regular Accelerator meetings, oversee recording and public dissemination of meeting minutes; and
  • Support and facilitate expansion of the Accelerator to include representation from more departments in COS (e.g. ESP, CDS, GGS).

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in STEM field or STEM education or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Significant (generally five (5)+ years’) experience teaching in higher education;
  • Superior writing and oral communication and time-management skills;
  • Demonstrated experience with event management and logistics;
  • Experience with STEM education program development and implementation; and
  • Current knowledge of modern STEM pedagogy, STEM education research, and assessment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ experience teaching in higher education;
  • 5+ years’ experience in full-time college-level administration;
  • Track record of successful grant administration and management;
  • Ability to communicate with and manage diverse groups and individuals; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at George Mason University | Director of the STEM Accelerator, College of Science complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Apply by: 04/28/2022.