Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, an undergraduate college of The New School, invites applications for a full-time renewable term appointment (RTA) for an initial term of four years in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. We seek innovative educators at the senior or junior level who can contribute to a distinctive Interdisciplinary Science Program that teaches basic scientific principles, concepts, and methods within the context of solving planetary health challenges. The program prepares students for advanced interdisciplinary study and careers in public health/epidemiology, environmental policy/natural conservation, transdisciplinary design, data visualization, and STEM communication. The start date is July 2018. All hiring is subject to Provost budgetary approval.
The Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department includes five full-time faculty, 6-7 part time faculty who are practitioners in their respective fields, 2-3 Graduate Teaching Fellows, a shared executive departmental secretary, a science labs manager, and typically graduates between 8-10 majors annually and provides STEM learning for various programs across the university. The teaching load is five courses per year with the expectation of an advising caseload.
We seek broadly educated and experienced applicants committed to high quality teaching and mentorship of a diverse student body within in an urban setting. Preference will be given to those candidates who have familiarity with SENCER http://sencer.net/ (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) or similar programs that place STEM, social justice, and civic engagement at the center of learning. The successful candidate must have the capacity to work with colleagues to develop courses and learning goals, create learning communities, and define and participate in faculty development and programmatic planning initiatives. There are potential opportunities to teach graduate level courses focused on sustainability, international affairs, and design, and undergraduate courses that support programs such as environmental studies, global studies, urban studies, and arts and design.
Candidates will be expected to maintain a research or creative practice appropriate to a liberal arts context (which can include the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or science communication) and are encouraged to develop collaborations within and outside the University. We are particularly interested in those who make connections to design, social sciences, and/or the arts, and those who have experience with informal science learning (DIY, science cafe, museums, film, STEAMD) or using cities as learning labs. The New School campus has two teaching laboratories (BSL2) and an extensive Making Center, which can be used to support research.
In addition to institutional and departmental service, the position will include advocating for STEM education and mentoring of undergraduates interested in careers in emerging interdisciplinary fields.
The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply. The New School, as well as its individual academic divisions, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.
· A Ph.D. in a relevant field in the natural sciences;
· Three to four years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
· Interdisciplinary expertise in topics related to health and environment (natural, built, and social);
· A commitment to curricular innovation and experience with its implementation;
· A commitment to social justice;
· Experience in teaching in, or directing, a program at the undergraduate level and flexibility needed to excel at an evolving institution;
· Demonstrated capacity to use a diverse range of student-centered (constructivist) learning and critical pedagogies and openness to adopting new practices;
· Ability to conduct ongoing learning assessments for both formative and summative purposes.
· Demonstrated record of leadership in interdisciplinary education;
· Demonstrated record for developing successful collaborative opportunities with community partners, non-profit organizations, and other external entities;
· Demonstrated experience in program or curriculum development;
· A commitment and ability to take full advantage of a technology-rich environment;
· Experience working with an economically and culturally diverse student body.
To apply: Complete applications must be submitted on-line using the Faculty application on the New School Human Resource website. With the following required documents as attachments: 1) a letter of interest including a statement of how your work reflects a commitment to social justice; 2) curriculum vitae and contact information of three professional references; 3) statement of research interests; 4) and a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses pedagogy and assessment.
Preference will be given to applications received by November 30, 2017. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.
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Interested candidates must apply online at: https://careers.newschool.edu/postings/15049