Science education specialists

The Science Education Specialists (SES) report to the project coordinators in EOAS and Geography, and they work with faculty members at UBC and UCA to meet project goals and timelines. The skills and expectations of Science Education Specialists derive from the education enhancement model developed originally by the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative.


  • Develop the course with syllabi, assignments and assessments that are consistent with current best practices and UCA’s goals and guidelines.
  • Make decisions about suitability of instructional and learning strategies and materials.
  • Contribute to EES program planning in collaboration with existing and new instructors, UCA program coordinators and the UBC project coordinator.
  • Participate in program planning and project outcomes evaluation.
  • Design professional development materials and tutorials, and possibly lead workshops for new UCA faculty both at UBC and possibly during visits to UCA in Central Asia.
  • May support initial deployments and evaluation of courses by observing and/or coaching new instructing faculty at UCA.
  • Possibly manage, hire and evaluate student assistants who will be assisting in the creation of materials course packaging.


  • Graduate degree and/or experience working or teaching in relevant disciplines;
  • Minimum of four years experience after bachelor’s level education, or the equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Some experience in at least two of the following areas and within the context of either environmental sciences, geosciences, chemistry or ecology will be considered an asset: teaching as instructor in charge, instructional design, faculty development, or science education research, all at postsecondary levels.
  • Ability to design instructional programs and conduct professional development activities for new instructing faculty.
  • Capable of working independently, as collaborative members of the project team, and with UBC and UCA faculty and other collaborating partners.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of people and built effective relationships.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills, both verbally and in writing, including composing correspondence, reports, presentations, writing course syllabi and any other written materials.
  • Ability to provide effective and appropriate guidance, liaise, consult and collaborate with UBC and UCA team partners.

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