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Faculty Members in Biology (two positions)

College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine
$70,000-95,000 per year plus benefits
Closing date
Jan 2, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Job Level
Mid level
Salary Type
Employment Type

College of the Atlantic seeks TWO full-time permanent faculty members trained in ecology, evolutionary biology, field ecology, and/or natural history, or allied fields including taxon-specific disciplines such as mammalogy, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, herpetology, ornithology, mycology, etc. To complement our existing strengths in biology and field science, we seek colleagues with expertise in the biology of animals, fungi, and/or microorganisms, one of whom will have a terrestrial focus, the other marine. In addition, one of these positions will engage in a leadership role in the college’s Dorr Museum of Natural History.

Both positions must demonstrate excellence in teaching and an interest in further developing courses, including the annual foundational biology sequence and intermediate/advanced courses in their area of specialty, as well as guiding independent student work. Field-based, place-based, and transdisciplinary approaches are important to the pedagogical approach of the College. The successful candidates will develop courses, projects, and field experiences for students that utilize local resources, such as Acadia National Park, the college's two island field stations in the Gulf of Maine, our small fleet of vessels, the college’s two organic farms, our 100-acre forest preserve on Mt. Desert Island and our outpost in the north woods, and the museum and collections facilities on campus. Essential for both positions is a fascination with the natural world and a passion for sharing their scholarship with diverse, self-directed undergraduate students.

Job responsibilities
Faculty members at COA teach five courses per year over three ten-week terms, advise independent studies and senior projects, serve as academic advisors, and serve on college committees. There is no contractual research/publication expectation for COA faculty, but these positions do have dedicated professional development funds, and most faculty in biology continue to conduct research.

Between the two hires, at least one of these two positions should:
●    Play a leadership role in the Dorr Museum
●    Teach courses in foundational biology in rotation with other faculty members
●    Teach courses and guide student research in vertebrate zoology
●    Teach an introductory class in marine biology
●    Teach evolution
●    Teach courses in molecular biology/genetics and be willing to act as a liaison with researchers at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory
●    Have a strong background in statistics, ecological sampling methods, and research design, and enthusiasm to teach courses that meet the college's Quantitative Reasoning requirement
●    Contribute to the human ecology core course and other writing or history classes
●    Develop off-campus expeditionary courses
●    Engage students and local stakeholders in community work connected to climate change, invasive/endangered species, and/or policy therein
●    Make use of our interdisciplinary GIS laboratory in their teaching and scholarship
●    Work with the on-campus collections facilities
●    Use, develop, and maintain laboratory facilities for their teaching and scholarship
●    Use and maintain our field station facilities and associated equipment

Expected qualifications
Each position requires the minimum qualification of a Ph.D. in ecology/evolutionary biology or organismal biology by the time of hire (September 1, 2024), and evidence of strong teaching skills, with preference to those who can demonstrate success instructing within the context of a small liberal arts college environment and particularly in field-based courses. Successful candidates for both positions should, in addition, have a strong record of academic scholarship, and should display a willingness to mentor and involve students in research, especially within a field-based context.

Application materials
Candidates should submit the following materials:
●    Cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position, including a brief explanation of which of the bullet points in “job expectations” you fit and why
●    CV with contact information for at least three references
●    Statement of teaching philosophy that also highlights your approach to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom
●    Course descriptions for at least three potential courses, including both introductory and advanced classes. Examples of COA course descriptions can be found here.
●    Examples of research that includes students, and/or a research statement that illustrates how you foster student scholarship

Submit all materials as a single PDF to Submissions received before midnight Jan. 2, 2024 are guaranteed full consideration, and thereafter on a rolling basis. We expect to conduct phone interviews in January 2024 and bring candidates to campus in February.

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