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Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Castine, Maine, US
Closing date
Jan 25, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
About Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is a public, fully accredited college located in the quintessentially New England coastal village of Castine, Maine. The college is one of six state-supported maritime colleges in the United States.

MMA is a college of engineering, management, science, and transportation with a community of approximately 950 students and 200 faculty and staff. Maine Maritime is a NCAA Division III institution that competes in the North Atlantic Conference, and is a New England Football Conference member.

MMA is a remarkable place to work and grow in a career, rich in opportunity, experiences and rewards. MMA offers a feeling of "family" that is unique. Our goal is to create and sustain a community where all are appreciated and respected for their individual and collective contributions.

The Area

Maine Maritime Academy is situated on a picturesque peninsula in the Penobscot Bay, a renowned sailing destination and home to more than 200 islands.

The Academy is only 40 miles from Bangor, Maine's third largest city and home to Bangor International Airport. It is less than 50 miles from Acadia National Park, where opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure abound.

Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, skiing, snowmobiling - all right at your front door!


Maine Maritime staff members enjoy competitive wages and some of the best benefits in the state of Maine, including
• health, dental, and vision insurance
• employer paid life insurance
• retirement plan with generous employer match
• tuition waiver for eligible dependents

This document describes duties that the Academy expects of faculty members. These may change with each academic year, through discussions between you and your department head/dean/vice president. You will be reviewed and evaluated based on how well you perform these duties.

The responsibilities for this position will include some or all the following: teaching, student advising, scholarship, service, and administrative responsibilities. Teaching is the fundamental responsibility of each faculty member; all faculty members are expected to participate in this activity.

Teaching responsibilities include time spent in the classroom, laboratory, or training ship(s) and in immediate preparation for these; maintaining and improving competence in subjects being taught; preparing contemporary teaching materials; conferring with students on course materials; directing individual and group studies and practica; reviewing written examinations and papers; evaluating presentations; supervising independent study projects, and supervising or teaching clinical cooperatives or industry programs.

Student advising includes time spent meeting with students regarding academic, curricular and career matters.

Academy service includes, but is not limited to, service on the Faculty Senate, Academy, and departmental committees. Professional service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to serve your profession, the community, the state, the nation, or the world.

Faculty must evidence their documented and continued professional development. Scholarship enables individuals to remain current in the theory, practice, knowledge, skills and/or pedagogy of their disciplines. For some, scholarship and continued professional development may mean hands-on development and training in industry. The scholarly expectations of Faculty should be consistent with the mission and purposes of Maine Maritime Academy.

Collegiality, as well as professional and ethical conduct, enhances teaching, learning and the general reputation of all persons in the academy. Therefore, all faculty members are expected to serve in a collegial fashion and in accordance with professional and ethical principles when dealing with other faculty members, students, administrators, and members of the public.

• Teach at the undergraduate level in areas allocated by the Department Head or Dean.
• Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high-quality curriculum.
• Assist in the development of learning materials, preparing lesson plans, and maintaining records to monitor student progress, achievement, and attendance.
• Participate in departmental and faculty seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the department.
• Provide advice and support to students.
• Participate in development, administration and marking of exams and other assessments of students.
• Inform students of their progress by promptly returning assignments, quizzes, papers, and exams.
• Hold at least 4 office hours per week.
• Participate in the administration of the department's programs and other activities as requested.
• Contribute to departmental, faculty, or Academy-wide working groups or committees as requested.
• Maintain one's own continuing professional development.
• Maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations.
• May be required to participate as an instructional faculty member onboard the Training Ship State of Maine or the Schooner Bowdoin during training cruises.

All academic faculty are expected to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to academic excellence; that is, to the conduct of possible research, publication, teaching and other forms of knowledge transfer, at the highest levels of achievement.

• Teaching and other forms of public presentation
• Ability to supervise academic work by undergraduate students
• Ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines
• Ability to write clearly and tailor communication style to meet the needs of the recipient
• Ability to work collaboratively
• Ability to share in organization and management of various Academy programs.
• Commitment to high quality teaching and fostering a positive learning environment for students.
• Commitment to continuous professional development.
• Commitment to MMA's policy of equal opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all genders, cultures and backgrounds.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
• High degree of professionalism.
• Demonstrated integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and conditions.

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field.
• 500 GT Master, Near Coastal Merchant Mariner Credential. Greater tonnage and Oceans endorsement preferred.
• Previous command experience in the maritime industry requiring MMC.
• Experience with small vessel operations (outboard craft, launches, fast rescue boat, etc.)
• Lifeboatman certificate

• Master's degree, or other advanced degree, in a relevant field
• Previous teaching experience of maritime studies and skills in a higher-education setting.
• Familiarity with electronic and digital advancements in maritime operations.
• Previous experience with curriculum development.
• Previous experience instructing and assessing Rapid RADAR Plotting for Collision Avoidance.
• Previous experience instructing lifeboatman skills.
• Experience instructing diesel engine repair and maintenance.
• CPR/First Aid Instructor

• Typical classroom and office environment are in multi-story buildings with elevator access.
• Work in the labs may require: Climbing up and down ladders and gangways, lifting and carrying materials, occasional work in excess heat, cold, dampness or dry atmospheric conditions.
• Those required to participate on the training cruise must be capable of the following:
o Living and working in cramped spaces on a rolling vessel and maintaining balance on a moving deck
o Rapidly donning an exposure suit and other lifesaving gear
o Opening and closing watertight doors
o Occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds
o Climbing steep stairs or vertical ladders without assistance

• Background check is required
• Must present original copies of transcripts
• Tobacco-free campus
• A pre-employment drug test, and participation in the random drug testing program, is required

How to Apply

Please visit for application forms. Interested individuals should submit the following documents in a single email to (in the subject line of your email, please write your name and the position for which you are applying):

Cover Letter
Completed MMA Application*
Copies of applicable professional certifications and/or licenses
Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official college transcripts must be received prior to a formal offer being made for employment)
Contact information for at least three professional references
Completed MMA Application Checklist
MMA Self-Identification Form (attach as separate document)
Do Not Send Personally Identifiable Information (PII) by email.

*Pages 2 and 3 of the MMA Application must be signed and dated by hand or signed electronically using an electronic signature verification service. Electronic signatures, to include images of hand-written signature, will not be accepted unless so verified.


All offers are made contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Individuals cruising onboard our ships are also required to undergo a pre-employment drug-screening.

Tobacco-Free Notice

For the health and wellbeing of our community, the Maine Maritime Academy campus and vessels (ashore and afloat) are smoke- and tobacco-free as of August 1, 2016.

Equal Employment Opportunities

Maine Maritime Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy complies with federal and/or state law that prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status. The Academy provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals upon request. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

MMA is unable at this time to sponsor visas. We welcome foreign nationals with valid U.S. work authorization to apply.

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