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Adjunct Assistant Professor in Earth Science

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York
Closing date
Oct 22, 2023

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Biogeosciences, Geochemistry, Interdisciplinary/Other
Career Level
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Vassar College

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Earth Science

Department: Earth Science & Geography Department

Posting Number: F090P

For full consideration applicants should apply by: 11/01/2023

About Vassar College

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Position Introduction

The Department of Earth Science and Geography at Vassar College invites applications for an adjunct and adjunct position in biogeochemistry and/or ocean science for the Spring 2024 semester.

AA Statement

Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.

Position Description

The successful candidate will teach an introductory course in oceanography (“The Fluid Earth”) and a 300-level (advanced) course of their choosing. An additional area of interest is micropaleontology. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Geology or Earth Science at the time of appointment or be very near completion of that degree. Instrumentation in the department includes rock crushing and thin sectioning equipment; Bruker Phaser x ray diffractometer; a Beckman-Coulter counter; a tabletop SEM/EDS; a microbalance; lake and soil coring equipment; sedimentology, paleoclimatology, and clay mineralogy laboratories; and GIS computer lab. In addition, the department shares an ICP-MS, a Dionex ion chromatograph, and a Bruker Tracer portable XRF spectrometer with the Department of Chemistry in the College's new Bridge Building for Integrated Science. The College also owns a 500-acre ecological preserve with a laboratory field station, groundwater teaching wells, and a meteorological station adjacent to the main campus.

Salary Wage Range

Pay Transparency Disclosure: The annual base starting salary for this two course, part time position is $16,000 (USD). When extending an offer of employment, Vassar College considers factors such as (but not limited to) candidate’s education/training, work experience, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations. This salary represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate at the time of posting.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit:-Letter of application-CV-List of three references-An unofficial graduate transcript-A statement of teaching experience and philosophy, which should address commitments to equity and inclusion.-Descriptions and/or syllabi for an introductory-level oceanography course, an intermediate-level biogeochemistry course, and upper-level seminar in ocean science or another topic of expertise.
Applications should be addressed to The Earth Science Department Chair, Jill Schneiderman, and submitted online at Address any questions to schneiderman@vassar.eduReview of applicant materials will begin on November 1, 2023. There is no guarantee that applications received after November 01, 2023 will be reviewed.

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