Division Director

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National Science Foundation

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources Announces a search for a Division Director for the Division of Research and Learning (DRL). A Dear Colleague Letter can be found here with more details.


The Directorate for Education and Human Resources announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The mission of EHR is to provide the research and development foundation to develop a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-literate public and a workforce ready to advance the frontiers of science and engineering for society. To support this mission, the DRL embraces a comprehensive approach to strengthening STEM education by investing in innovative research, development, and evaluation of learning and teaching across all STEM disciplines with the goal of transforming knowledge and practices in both formal and informal learning settings. DRL’s role in the larger context of Federal support for education research and evaluation is to be a catalyst for change; advancing theory, method, measurement, development and application in STEM education.  


The Division Director has managerial and oversight responsibilities for organizational goals and objectives by building teams and coalitions for the effective use of division staff expertise and resources within EHR and across NSF.  This includes leading the activities of the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, assessing emerging needs and trends in STEM learning in formal and informal environments, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy direction.  He or she will supervise, and provide leadership for, senior executive-level DRL staff, scientific staff, and administrative professional personnel.  The DRL division director is a key member of the senior leadership team of the EHR Directorate and works collaboratively with counterparts across NSF’s directorates for the improvement of STEM education. Additional responsibilities include: (a) overseeing the management of the DRL funding portfolio, (b) preparing and justifying budget estimates to support EHR plans and vision, (c) understanding the DRL funding portfolio and its impacts on STEM education, and (d) overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. Also, the DRL division director represents NSF nationally on issues regarding undergraduate STEM education and is key in fostering partnerships with other divisions, directorates, Federal agencies, the academic higher education community, and scientific and educational organizations in the US and internationally.


Review of Applicants Begins: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Contact Name: 
Karen King
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