Faculty Member in Computer Science

College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a full-time faculty member in Computer Science. The anticipated start date is August, 2016. The successful candidate will be the first faculty member in computer science at COA. The faculty member will offer a range of classes to help students gain basic to advanced programming skills, while introducing students to the central questions of computer science and exposing them to the styles of thought and habits of mind associated with computer scientists. The faculty member is expected to help students make connections between computer science and other areas of the curriculum, including art and design and the humanities, as well as the natural and social sciences.

In addition to introductory and intermediate programming classes, we are interested in a candidate who can offer engaging and challenging courses that explore the intersections of computer science and computing with different aspects of the human experience and academic and creative areas. Examples of such classes might include some of the following: cryptography and computer security, information visualization, human-computer interaction, machine learning and artificial intelligence, generative art, digital humanities, agent-based modeling, data mining, micro-controller programming (e.g, Arduino and Raspberry Pi devices).

The successful candidate must have the ability and interest in teaching some courses in mathematics or related areas. These might not be math classes per se, but it is essential that this faculty member’s classes connect strongly with the existing mathematics curriculum and offer courses that meet the college’s quantitative reasoning requirement. It is essential that the faculty member has a background in computing and programming and be enthusiastic about and focused on developing creative ways to teach computer science to students with a wide range of backgrounds and goals.

The faculty member should have a Ph.D. in computer science, engineering, computational science, applied mathematics, physics, or a related area and demonstrated potential for excellent and innovative teaching.

College of the Atlantic is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 340 undergraduate students and 30 faculty members. Its oceanfront campus is adjacent to Acadia National Park. COA’s faculty are not organized by departments, and all students design their own major in human ecology. The average class size is 13. Faculty teach five courses a year distributed across three ten-week terms; faculty also advise students, direct independent studies and final projects, and contribute to the shared governance of the college. COA is a highly interdisciplinary college seeking to understand the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments, where theory is tied to practice, and where friendship and cooperation help define our community. Through both teaching and scholarship, we aim to foster the capacity to make improvements within the world and ourselves.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position, and a brief statement of teaching that includes a discussion of the roles of computer science in an interdisciplinary curriculum. The CV should include contact information for three professional references; please do not have references send letters. For full consideration, please submit all application materials as a single pdf  file to cs@coa.edu by December 7, 2015.


College of the Atlantic is seeking a person with outstanding cooking skills, to cook in an award-winning college kitchen.  Emphasis on creative, healthy, scratch cooking.  Must work well in a congenial atmosphere.  A knowledge of vegetarian and vegan cooking and at least 5 years cooking experience in a professional setting required.

This position will normally work early afternoon through dinner. Must have flexibility to work with catering and special events. 11 month position per year; benefits.  Send resume with references to ksebelin@coa.edu or Ken Sebelin, Cook Search Committee Chair, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Me 04609. Electronic applications are preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who could enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.