Citizen Science Faculty

Location
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Posted
Mar 29, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Citizen Science at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY is seeking instructors for January 2019.  Citizen Science is an innovative program designed to provide opportunities for students in their first year of college to develop their personal science literacy through hands-on, real-world coursework and projects. We ask…

  • What does it mean to be scientifically literate?
  • What is the role of citizens when it comes to weighing in on important scientific issues?
  • How can citizens find the scientific information they need in order to meet the challenges they face in their lives and respond to the scientific issues of their day?
  • What are the skills we all need in order to adequately and thoroughly interpret scientific claims, and how can we be sure that the conduct, analysis, and interpretation of science are not unduly influenced by political or other potentially distorting factors?

Inspired by stories from places like Flint, MI, and Hoosick Falls, NY, the 2019 Citizen Science program will tackle urgent, present-day questions related to water. We will explore the properties of water, as well as how these properties influence the contamination (and decontamination) of drinking water. We will also consider the extent to which problems of contamination are not purely scientific in nature: where and how does politics enter the picture? In what ways are social, historical, and political factors at work even when we think we are engaged in “objective” science? Using laboratory investigations and active classroom discussions during these few intensive January weeks, the focus will be on the creation, analysis, and interpretation of scientific evidence. 

Successful candidates will possess or be near completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent in a STEM related discipline and be willing to engage students of all disciplines in a common educational experience. No specific background in the science of water is required.  Prior teaching experience is not a requirement, although candidates with evidence of training in or experience with the application of best practices in undergraduate STEM education will be given special consideration.

 All hired faculty will be required to attend training at Bard College campus July 22- 27, 2018 for mandatory faculty training.  Faculty will be required to arrive to campus for the Citizen Science program the first week of January for pre-program work. The program runs through Friday, January 25, 2019. Travel, food and dormitory housing will be provided for both the July and January sessions, and faculty will receive a stipend payable at the end of the January session.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. We will give preference to applications received by Monday, April 30th.  Submit completed applications through Interfolio.com at:  http://apply.interfolio.com/49848 .  Please include the following:

  • Your current CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (see link above for information on Letter Writers)
  • A letter of interest specific to this unique program which gives a sense of your philosophy on teaching and pedagogy as well as your approach to diversity and inclusion.  We particularly invite you to address the four cornerstone questions of the program as represented at the beginning of this document.

All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, and are responsible for determining their own eligibility. Applications received after April 30th will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.

Bard College is a private liberal arts institution with approximately 2,000 students, located in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Additional information about the Citizen Science program can be found on our website:  http://citizenscience.bard.edu/.

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