[ES_JOBS_NET] Instructor positions for January 2020 Citizen Science at Bard College
ewhite at bard.edu
Mon Apr 15 21:04:44 MDT 2019
Citizen Science at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY is seeking
instructors for January 2020. 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.
What does it mean to be scientifically literate?
What is the role of citizens when it comes to weighing in on important
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
2020 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. The program
consists of a common core of coursework and one of four lab strands:
Research, Community Action, Science Communication and Science Education.
Faculty will be assigned to teach one of these lab strands based upon their
expertise and the needs of the program. For details on the different labs
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. Candidates with evidence of training in or experience
that aligns with one of the four lab strands will be given special
All hired faculty will be required to attend mandatory training at Bard
College campus July 21-26, 2019. Faculty will be required to return to
campus for the Citizen Science program the first week of January for
pre-program work. The program runs through Friday, January 24, 2020.
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. We will give
preference to applications received by Monday, April 29, 2019. Submit
completed applications through Interfolio.com at:
http://apply.interfolio.com/61707. Please include the following:
Your current CV
Three letters of recommendation (see link above for information on Letter
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
All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, and are
responsible for determining their own eligibility. Applications received
after April 29th will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis until
all positions are filled.
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,
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications
from those who contribute to our diversity.
Emily M. White, Ph.D.
Visiting Research Associate
Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
office: RKC 130 (W-F)
845-752-2352 (office, W-F)
843-732-0163 (voicemail or text only)
Personal Pronouns <https://www.mypronouns.org/> (she/her/hers)
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