Lecturers in (1) Earth & Environmental Systems and (2) Biological Systems & Health - Bentley University

published Mar 29, 2017 10:19am
Bentley University's Natural and Applied Sciences Department invites applications for two Lecturer positions (non-tenure-track) in the fields of "Earth and Environmental Systems" and "Biological Systems and Health" representing the primary teaching domains of our department and its undergraduate degree programs. We will consider applicants from a wide range of disciplines whose experiences and interests reflect these fields, including individuals with backgrounds in biochemistry, biology, Earth sciences, energy, ecology, and engineering. The successful candidate should be in possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant STEM discipline by September 1, 2017.

Both positions are focused primarily on teaching (75%) and laboratory coordination and support (25%). Thus, lecturers in these positions will be expected to teach two sections of a 4-credit laboratory course per semester in addition to providing coordination and support for other lab courses offered by our department. In addition to traditional 'wet' laboratory exercises, experience in utilizing hand-held instruments, environmental probes and sensors, analytical instrumentation, and/or digital laboratory teaching technologies, including online data and data-mining resources, will be considered a plus. Beyond these primary responsibilities, we will also encourage and provide opportunities for pedagogic research related to undergraduate STEM education in collaboration with other faculty. While we initially expect these lecturers to participate in existing courses, we anticipate that they will be involved creatively to develop new and innovative course content and laboratory exercises as well as develop new lab-based courses to complement our curriculum.

We prefer applicants who can document some prior experience teaching at the collegiate level, engagement with informal science education, or student mentoring. Applicants should provide a cover letter describing how specifically they expect to contribute to the STEM education goals of our department. Applications also should include a separate "Statement of Teaching Experience and Philosophy". Although not required, we encourage applicants to include samples of their teaching materials with their application, which may include lecture outlines, laboratory exercises, assessments, and/or teaching evaluations.

Bentley University enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students pursuing degree programs that fuse business with the liberal arts and sciences. Our mission in the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at Bentley University is to prepare students for careers and for life by providing them with an awareness and understanding of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, an appreciation of how the application of scientific and technical innovation can transform our world, and the ability to make informed and responsible choices concerning the personal, business, social, and ethical issues arising from scientific discovery. Bentley is an equal opportunity employer building strength through diversity. We seek faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents and share a commitment to high ethical standards and a willingness to embrace challenge and change. For more information about the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences, please visit: http://www.bentley.edu/academics/departments/natural-and-applied-sciences. See the university website (http://www.bentley.edu) for information about the school, its faculty, its students, and its programs.

All application materials should be submitted through Bentley's on-line employment site at https://jobs.bentley.edu (search jobs, department = Natural and Applied Sciences). Applications should include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of teaching materials, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Names and contact information for three professional references are required upon application. Bentley will contact confidential references for those candidates moving forward in the process. We will conduct rolling interviews of selected candidates as applications are received. Closing date for applications is April 30, 2017. Minimum qualifications: PhD or appropriate terminal degree received on or before September 1, 2017. These are non-tenure-track positions subject to annual review and renewal. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.