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Adjunct Instructor - Physical Geology

Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, Maine

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
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Part Time
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Four-Year Institution
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This document describes duties the Academy expects of adjunct faculty members.  Adjunct  faculty are non-permanent, temporary faculty. Os204: Physical Geology — An introduction to geology. The minerals and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks that make up the earth are examined. The course includes a survey of the processes that shape the earth, such as: plate tectonics, wind, water, glaciers, volcanism, and mass wasting. Processes internal to the earth such as earthquakes, and effects of these processes, such as faulting and folding are also examined. Rec. 3, Lab. 3, Cr. 4.


The Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy seeks applicants for an adjunct instructor to teach Physical Geology. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in marine geoscience, with expertise in geological oceanography or coastal geology. The successful candidate will enthusiastically embrace working with students in a classroom, field, or laboratory setting, including on a coastal research vessel. Teaching responsibilities include time spent in lecture and laboratory instructing and assisting students in techniques and exercises and in immediate preparation for these; maintaining and improving competence in subjects being taught; conferring with students on course materials; directing individual and group studies; reviewing and grading written worksheet exercises and other course assignments; and assigning grades according to existing Academy policy.   

For a full job description and application information see:  Applicants must submit (1) a cover letter that highlights their qualifications for the position, teaching interests and experience; (2) a current curriculum vita; (3) names and contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address) for three professional references.  Screening of applicants will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled.  Maine Maritime values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


  • Teach Physical Geology at the undergraduate level course (lecture and laboratory) for Oceanography and Coastal and Marine Environmental Science majors. Develop learning materials, prepare assessments, and maintain records to monitor student progress, achievement, and attendance.
  • Inform students of their progress by promptly returning assignments, quizzes, papers, and exams.
  • Maintain one’s own continuing professional development.
  • Maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations.


  • Commitment to high-quality teaching and fostering a positive learning environment for all students. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Ability to supervise academic work by undergraduate students. Ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines. Ability to work collaboratively. Commitment to continuous professional development. Demonstrated integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to adapt to changing priorities and conditions.


  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution in a science such as marine science, earth science, or related field.
  • Successful completion of at least 1 year of undergraduate introductory course material in a field associated with the specific lab course assigned; successful completion of more advanced subject matter courses (e.g. physical oceanography, marine chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, etc.) highly desirable. At least 3 years of lab-based experience, may include undergraduate lab-based coursework.


  • Background check is required
  • Must present original copies of transcripts
  • Tobacco-free campus
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