Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Environmental Science and Engineering

Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 02, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Harvard University

January 2021
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) in Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) with a concurrent lectureship in ESE. The ADUS will report to the ESE Area Chair and administratively to the Executive Dean Education and Research. The ADUS will work closely with the ESE Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), as well as with the ADUS and DUS from other areas at SEAS.

Job-Specific Responsibilities
  • Teach or co-teach one undergraduate engineering course per semester.
  • Support the senior capstone course (ES 100) and/or sophomore tutorial course (Sophomore Forum) as needed; serve as co-instructor on record for the individual study course (ES 91r) with an ESE focus.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for students in the Environmental Science and Engineering AB concentration and the Environmental Science and Engineering track of the Engineering Sciences SB concentration. Connect students to faculty with similar interests.
  • Act as a conduit to faculty to help students engage in meaningful research experiences at Harvard.
  • Provide academic advising and mentorship on policy to admitted Harvard students, pre-concentrators, and concentrators and monitor student progress toward degree.
  • In coordination with relevant offices at SEAS and Harvard College, support current students in their pursuit of undergraduate research opportunities, internships, and full-time post-graduate positions after graduation.
  • Perform administrative management of the relevant concentration and tracks, including updating literature, curriculum documentation, study plan forms, and websites.
  • Support ABET accreditation efforts for the Engineering Sciences SB concentration with an ESE focus.
  • Participate as a member of the Undergraduate Engineering Committee (UEC), which is responsible for SEAS' undergraduate engineering policies.

Additional duties and responsibilities may include the following:

  • Assist with mentorship of relevant engineering clubs.
  • Assist with curriculum and course development, course planning, curriculum assessment, and new pedagogical methods.
  • Advertise the ESE program at university-wide and departmental engagement events for undergraduates

Application Instructions:

To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter and resume/CV online through Harvard Careers. In addition, please submit a list of publications, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation, including at least one that addresses teaching ability.

Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) within SEAS is an interdisciplinary program with the common goal of understanding, predicting and responding to human-induced environmental change. Addressing environmental issues such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, or local and regional air and water pollution requires perspectives from a diverse set of scientific disciplines including atmospheric physics and chemistry, oceanography, glaciology, hydrology, geophysics, ecology, and biogeochemistry. We view the Earth system as a complex set of chemical, physical and biological interactions, made even more complicated by the various activities of human society. Through exploration of the underlying processes and feedbacks within the Earth system, and with a range of approaches from theory and modeling to experiments and observations, we train undergraduate and graduate students to think about environmental processes in an integrated fashion, preparing them to manage the environmental challenges we face.

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.

Additional Information:
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit

SEAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Academic Programs

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications
A Ph.D. in an environmental field (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, oceanography, ecology, environmental engineering) or significant postdoctoral research experience in environmental science.

Additional Qualifications

Documented ability to teach effectively and engage with undergraduate students a strong commitment to education and mentoring, experience with advising and course/program development and commitment and enthusiasm for research and pedagogy in research methods; and excellent communication skills.