The Department of Earth and Climate Sciences (EACS) at Bates College invites applications for a full time, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Climate Dynamics beginning August 1, 2023. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to the success of historically underrepresented, marginalized and first-generation students are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must demonstrate potential for teaching excellence in a vigorous undergraduate program, have a good knowledge of/experience with inclusive pedagogies, and welcome the opportunity to mentor and advise a senior thesis project. Field-based, computational, and analytical laboratory projects, and collaboration with departmental colleagues offer a wide range of instructional opportunities.
The successful candidate will teach 4 classes including an introductory EACS course in the earth’s climate system (EACS 109 with lab), a 200-level course in climate modeling (EA/PH 220 with lab), an upper level course within their field of expertise, and a short term. During the spring Short Term semester (May) the candidate may teach a 3.5 week introductory to mid-level immersion course on and/or off campus in the area of their own expertise. EA/PH 220 may be taught from a paleoclimatological framework with a modeling component. A full-time departmental assistant in instruction provides logistical support for the introductory laboratory in EACS.
Maine is particularly well suited for teaching and research in climate and climate change, with access to glaciated, riverine, lacustrine and coastal systems. Additionally, the Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area (BMMCA) is 600+ acres of contiguous beach, dune, salt marsh and upland forest ecosystems and presents numerous teaching and research opportunities. Overnight accommodations for classes and research students in the Short Ridge Coastal Center provide easy access to the BMMCA.
Departmental facilities include the Quaternary and Sedimentology Laboratory with a Beckman Coulter Laser Particle Size Analyzer and staff-supported use of the Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory with an EA/GC-C-IRMS and an ICP-OES, a Real Time Kinematic GPS and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). College wide facilities include a staff-supported Visualization Lab, Digital Media Studio, and GIS, mobile GIS capabilities and MATLAB.
We strongly encourage applications from individuals in underrepresented groups, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to higher education due to societal, economic, or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated capacity to advance the college’s continuing commitments to equity and inclusion. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.
PhD preferred, ABD considered.
Review of applications will begin on May 30, 2023. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, and a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, inclusion, and diversity with regard to underrepresented groups. The search committee may request reference letters after initial review of candidates. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.