Boston College, University Core Curriculum

Position ID:Boston College-University Core Curriculum-VAP [#24386]
Position Title: Core Fellow /Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, United States
Subject Area: Environmental / Humanities
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/02/22, finished 2023/08/15)
Position Description:    

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The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College invites applications for the position of Core Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities with a focus on Science and Literature, Environmental Literature, Nature and Conservation, and/or Environmental/Land and Sea Ethics. The appointment for this one-year postdoctoral visiting assistant professorship will be for the 2023-2024 academic year. Salary is competitive, and the position is renewable upon favorable review for up to three years.

Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. Boston College requires all students to complete a liberal arts University Core Curriculum with 15 requirements as the foundation of their undergraduate education. Core Fellows teach signature courses in the Core. Developed for first-year students, interdisciplinary Complex Problem and Enduring Question courses are part of an ongoing renewal of the University Core Curriculum. As a Core Fellow, the position includes participation in the Core Fellows Program, a program designed to help newly-minted PhD holders with their scholarly pursuits as well as become outstanding instructors through pedagogical training focused on the education of the whole person. You can learn more about BC’s Core Curriculum and the Core Fellows Program here:

In one semester, the Core Fellow will help design and teach hands-on, project-based lab sections (with a potential emphasis on climate ethics, textual analysis, -oral histories, and/or community-engaged pedagogy ) associated with the Complex Problem course, “Faith, Ethics and Science in the Twenty-First Century,” co-taught by faculty from the Theology Department and the Philosophy Department. In the other semester, the Core Fellow will teach an Enduring Question course paired with a course on Nature Conservation Science.

Qualifications Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., English, History, Philosophy, Theology, and/or Environmental Humanities) should be conferred between August 1, 2020 and August 1, 2023.

Application Instructions Applications should be submitted electronically to Deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 15 and the application will remain open until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, CV, list of three references, a teaching statement and teaching evaluations if available. Review of applications will begin immediately. The teaching statement should address: (1) how the applicant’s area of expertise and approach to education may contribute to an interdisciplinary Complex Problem course on faith, ethics and science in the twenty-first century; (2) how the applicant’s approach to teaching can link interdisciplinary academic knowledge to the formative education of students as whole persons and active global citizens; and (3) potential topics for an Enduring Questions course paired with another course taught by a marine biologist.

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