Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Geochemistry, Bates College

published Mar 1, 2022 3:01pm

Mar 1, 2022 - Apr 1, 2022


The Department of Earth and Climate Sciences (EACS) at Bates College invites applications for a full time (five courses), one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Geochemistry beginning fall 2022. 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 the earth's climate system and global change, and a sophomore/junior-level course with laboratory in environmental geochemistry, and will teach an elective or an upper-level course in the area of their own expertise. During the spring Short Term semester (April-May) the candidate may teach a 3.5 week immersion course on and/or off-campus in the area of their own expertise.

Departmental facilities include a staff-supported Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory with an EA/GC-C-IRMS, an ICP-OES, a variety of water quality field sensors/data loggers, and environmental sampling gear. 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 Androscoggin River, the Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area, and glaciated landscape of the north east (exposing extensive metamorphic and igneous terranes) provide many wonderful sites for place-based work with students and colleagues. Bates College is located in Lewiston, approximately 1.5 hours from the White Mountains to the west and 1 hour from the 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 asked 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 25, 2022. Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting the experience(s) that make them excellent candidates for a faculty position in the Departments of Earth and Climate Sciences at Bates, a curriculum vitae, and one statement addressing 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) one or more examples of the candidate's research that could involve undergraduates. 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.

Apply online.