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Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Apply now Posting Number: 492774
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Faculty

Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science



Department of Environmental Science & Policy. School of Science

Job Summary:

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science to begin in August 2020. We are seeking an individual who will complement existing strengths in earth and life sciences within the department.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in the study and conservation of fish or wildlife, and preferably utilize the Hudson River as a teaching and research system.  Specialties of interest include, but are not limited to, conservation ecology/biology, habitat restoration, landscape/watershed ecology, and coupled natural-human systems interactions.  An interdisciplinary approach that takes advantage of diverse collaborators at Marist and throughout the region is encouraged.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate from an accredited university and teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Essential Functions:

The primary responsibilities for this position are undergraduate course instruction and advising undergraduate student research. Courses to be taught are dependent upon expertise, complementing existing courses and development of a new departmental curriculum.  The normal course load is 3:4 (including labs); reductions may be provided during the first year, for high levels of research activity or certain administrative and service duties.  Applicants are to have an active research agenda that includes direct involvement of students, with expectations for peer reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Abilities with GIS are highly desirable.

Required Application Documents:

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy & contact information (name, phone, email) for three professional references.

About the  Department:

The curriculum emphasizes experiential education through field-oriented and project-based coursework, internships and research.  Students choose between two concentrations: science and policy. The department will build upon these features as we embark upon a redesign of the curriculum and add an Environmental Studies major.  The successful candidate will be actively involved in this redesign process.  Additional department information can be found at:

Resources available for teaching and research include a campus lab along the Hudson River with capacity for flow-through river water experimentation, and a 28-foot research vessel for field-based observation.  Our waterfront also houses a real-time physio-chemical river monitoring system operated by USGS partners.  The north end of campus is occupied by the 13-acre Fern Tor Nature Preserve, containing two small tributaries to the Hudson River, a pond, mixed hardwood forest and trail system.  Colleagues and facilities within the School of Science enable advanced biological and chemical analyses.  Collaborations exist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 25 minutes from campus.  Additional field sites are utilized within the surrounding Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 385 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (10th Best Regional University/North, 5th Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#4 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. To learn more, please visit

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Time as required for teaching, office hours, departmental/school activities and other activities as needed.


Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.

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