Visiting Assistant Professor in Earth Materials

published Feb 19, 2021 9:30am

The Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at Bates College invites applications for a full-time (five courses) Visiting Assistant Professor in Earth Materials for the academic year 2021-22. 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 in plate tectonics and hazards, a course in earth materials, and an upper-level course in their field of expertise. During the spring Short Term semester (April-May) the candidate will teach a 3.5 week immersion course on and/or off campus in their field of expertise.

Departmental facilities include an extensive mineral, rock, and thin section collection, powder X-Ray diffractometer, rock preparation equipment, scanning electron microscope with EDS, and a petrographic microscope laboratory. A full-time departmental assistant in instruction provides logistical support for the introductory laboratory. College wide facilities include a staff-supported Visualization Lab, Digital Media Studio, and GIS and mobile GIS capabilities.

Maine is particularly well suited for teaching and research in earth and climate sciences. The glaciated landscape of the north east exposes extensive metamorphic and igneous terranes. Bates College is located in Lewiston, approximately 1.5 hours from the White Mountains to the west and 1 hour from the rock-bound Maine Coast to the east.

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 April 5, 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.