Faculty Position as Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems

College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks candidates for a full-time faculty position in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year that prepare students to explore social, cultural, political, ecological, and economic implications of food systems within the broad-based transdisciplinary curriculum of the College. These courses should utilize a range of methodological approaches in the subject areas of sustainable agriculture, food systems, farm and food policy, and the political ecology of local and global food systems. Other topical areas of interest are: food justice, agrarian studies, rural-urban food security, and the emerging field of aquaculture.

Candidates must have a terminal degree and/or significant equivalent professional experience. The field of academic specialization is open. We encourage applicants from across the sciences, social sciences and humanities who are comfortable working collaboratively – with colleagues from different disciplinary traditions and on farms, with farmers. Our two organic farms (http://www.coa.edu/farms/) provide both formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities for our students. The successful candidate must have a track record of excellent teaching, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels, the ability to teach across disciplines, and the capacity to engage students in projects both on and off campus. Advising and mentoring students, directing senior projects, supervising independent studies, and contributing to college governance and service are part of the responsibilities of faculty membership.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter that speaks to their unique qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae that includes contact information for three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three relevant course descriptions in a single PDF file to SAFS@coa.edu by December 15, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Full-time faculty appointments are unranked and salaries are calculated according to earned degrees and years of relevant experience.  This is an endowed faculty chair.

Faculty Member in Computer Science

This search has been canceled. We anticipate conducting a search for this position next academic year (2016-17), with a start date of August 2017.

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 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.