Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science, tenure-track - Bowdoin College

published Sep 29, 2022 4:23pm

Sep 29, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022


The Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in surficial processes at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2023. Areas of expertise might include sedimentary systems, geomorphology, hydrogeology, glaciology, stratigraphy, neotectonics, paleontology, basin analysis, petroleum geology, near-surface geophysics, remote sensing, or GIS. We seek candidates whose scholarship will offer opportunities to engage students in research. The successful candidate will teach three courses per year, including two courses with separate lab sections, and will contribute to the rotation of core courses for the major. Full-time laboratory instructor support is provided for introductory-level courses. We are especially interested in candidates who can offer courses that reflect the interests of our increasingly diverse student body. A PhD in Earth Science, Geological Science or other related field is expected by date of appointment.

The College's location along the rocky Maine coast provides excellent local field sites for teaching and research. Department facilities include mineral, rock, and fossil collections; augmented reality sandbox; stream table; rock saws; shallow water current meters; remote water samplers for river analysis; ACDP; petrographic microscopes; and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) with CL/EDS/EBSD capabilities. For more information, please visit our website.

Bowdoin requires its faculty to have a promise of long-term successful scholarly or artistic engagement and a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in their teaching. (For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource: Williams, et. al., Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence). We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education.

Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development, a fully-funded, year-long pre-tenure sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals. Support for teaching, grant-writing, publication, digital initiatives, computing software, conference travel support, and community partnerships in courses is readily available to all faculty. The College also offers robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks.

The Bowdoin community warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the inclusive instruction and support of a diverse student population and who will enrich and contribute to the College's multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College: We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of partners and spouses of members of the faculty.


Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit the career portal to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a 2-page statement that describes your teaching approaches and how your teaching, scholarship, and mentorship supports our commitment to equity and inclusion; 4) a 2-page description of your research plans; and 5) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers will be automatically contacted upon submission of your application.
Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2023, and continue until filled.

About Bowdoin College

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin's reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (40% students of color, 7% international students and approximately 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website.