Visiting Lecturer in Earth Surface Processes

published Feb 19, 2021 9:27am

The Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at Bates College invites applications for a 2 year part time (four courses each year or 80%) Visiting Lecturer in Earth Surface Processes beginning fall 2021. 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 serious students and advise senior theses. Field-based, computational, and analytical laboratory projects, and collaboration with departmental colleagues offer a wide range of instructional opportunities.

The successful candidate will teach an introductory course with field/laboratory components in earth surface processes and a sophomore/junior level course with laboratory in sedimentology every year, and will teach an elective (e.g., GIS, or other) or an upper level course in the area of their own expertise in alternate years. During the spring Short Term semester (April-May) the candidate will teach a 3.5 week immersion course on and/or off campus in the area of their own expertise.

Maine is particularly well suited for teaching and research in glaciated, riverine, lacustrine and coastal systems. Departmental facilities include the Quaternary and Sedimentology Laboratory with a Beckman Coulter Laser Particle Size Analyzer. Additional facilities include the Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory including an IRMS and ICP-OES. A full-time departmental assistant in instruction provides logistical support for the introductory courses. College wide facilities include a staff-supported Visualization Lab, Digital Media Studio, and GIS and mobile GIS capabilities. Additionally, Bates College manages the Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area, 600+ acres of connected beach, dune, marsh and upland forest ecosystems which presents numerous teaching and research opportunities.

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.


ABD will be considered, Ph.D., preferred

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021. Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting the experience(s) that make them excellent candidates for a faculty position in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at Bates, a curriculum vitae, and statements of a maximum of two pages each on i) inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy, ii) their past and/or potential contributions to equity, inclusion, and diversity with regard to underrepresented groups, and iii) research. The search committee will request additional materials, such as reference letters, for selected candidates after initial review. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.