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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

  • 15 Sep 2023 11:39 AM
    Message # 13255015

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    The Program in Environmental Studies (ES) at Bates College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in environmental science to begin August 2024. The new faculty member will join ongoing cross-STEM initiatives in inclusive pedagogy and curricular renovation. We are especially interested in individuals trained in environmental science who are comfortable working with other natural scientists as well as with social scientists and humanists. A candidate’s field of study may feature but need not be limited to the following: marine, freshwater, polar, glacial, coastal, agricultural, arid, urban, grassland, or forested systems, or foci that could include earth surface processes, ecology, biodiversity, pollution, energy transitions, or public health. We are open to a broad range of methodological approaches and worldviews that may involve attention to spatial patterns, data visualization, modeling, field studies, traditional ecological knowledge, local ecological knowledge, or the dynamics of social-ecological systems. We seek a candidate who will develop an active scholarly program in their field. We strongly encourage applications from individuals with marginalized identities in environmental science and individuals who may have followed non-traditional pathways to higher education.

    The duties of this position include the three main areas of faculty work: teaching, professional achievement, and governance and engagement. The successful teacher-scholar will contribute to an interdisciplinary program in which all students undertake significant coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Teaching responsibilities include five courses per year, which could include the program’s core introductory course in environmental science, mid- and upper-level electives in the candidate’s fields of interest, upper-division courses in the program core, as well as first-year seminars. All faculty are involved in the mentoring of undergraduate research, academic advising, and senior thesis advising.

    About Bates

    Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. Details about the college and its community can be found here. Lewiston is a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene that includes the Roux Institute.

    Bates supports new faculty with a course reduction in the first year of teaching, formal mentoring, and new-faculty development programming. Bates provides tenure-track faculty with a paid pre-tenure leave and support for post-tenure sabbaticals. Faculty scholarship is supported by start-up packages, the new Bonney Science Center, internal grants, and a robust external grants office. Faculty research is routinely supported by the NSF, NIH, and other external funding sources.

    Bates is committed to supporting educational access for all. Educational access and justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, including an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to support transforming how we teach STEM, a Schuler Education Foundation Grant grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low income, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant. Teaching is supported by a new Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning. Community-engaged learning and study abroad are encouraged and robustly supported. Read more about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion here.

    For more information about the Environmental Studies Program, see the program website:


    Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. by August 2024.

    Application Instructions

    To receive full consideration, candidates should submit their applications by October 6, 2023. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    We request that applicants submit the following: a cover letter (including a brief overview of scholarly work and a list of potential courses), a curriculum vitae (including a list of professional references), a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages), a research statement (2 pages), a statement that comments on their skills and experience supporting a diverse student body and contributing to campus efforts in equity and inclusion (2 pages), and a sample of their written scholarly work. Applicants should also anticipate providing three letters of recommendation in the event that they are contacted for an interview. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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