Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a
private institution working in the public interest.
Employer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/123271
Citizen Science at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY is
seeking instructors for January 2024. Citizen Science is an
innovative program designed to provide opportunities for students
in their first year of college to develop their personal science
literacy through hands-on, real-world coursework and projects. We
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, PFAS (a class of toxic
forever chemicals) were identified in the waterways of Parkersburg,
West Virginia, and were later linked to multiple forms of cancer.
Since that time, these forever chemicals have been identified
around the globe. From freshwater resources in Asia to the
rainforests of South America, PFAS has even been identified within
common household products like infant formula in South Africa. Now,
20-30 years later, it is assumed that this toxic chemical is found
in the blood of virtually every person on the planet. Through the
lens of PFAS contamination, the Citizen Science Program tackles
urgent, present-day questions related to water contamination and
works to place these conversations within the students' daily lives
and imagined futures. We will consider in what ways social,
historical, and political factors are at work even when we think we
are engaged in “objective” science. In 2024 we will explore the
properties of water, as well as how these properties influence the
contamination (and decontamination) of water. Using laboratory
investigations and active classroom discussions during these few
intensive January weeks, the focus will be on the creation,
analysis, and interpretation of scientific evidence. The program
consists of a common core of coursework plus students select one of
three different lab strands: (1) The Environmental Water Lab, (2)
Science Communication and Education, or (3) Public
- What does it mean to be scientifically literate?
- What is the role of citizens when it comes to weighing in
on important scientific issues?
- How can citizens find the scientific information they need
in order to meet the challenges they face in their lives and
respond to the scientific issues of their day?
- What are the skills we all need in order to adequately and
thoroughly interpret scientific claims and how can we be sure that
the conduct, analysis, and interpretation of science are not unduly
influenced by political or other potentially distorting
Each professor is assigned a section of ~20 students and is
required to teach both a core and lab strand class each day to
their section. Faculty are assigned to teach one of these lab
strands based on their expertise and the needs of the program.
Faculty are grouped into cohorts of at least four per strand. For
details on the strands offered in 2023 visit https://citizenscience.bard.edu/curriculum/
Successful candidates will possess or be near completion of a
Ph.D., a master's degree, or equivalent in a STEM-related
discipline and be willing to engage students of all disciplines in
a common educational experience. No specific background in the
science of water is required. Prior teaching experience is also
not a requirement.
Candidates with evidence of training in or
experience that aligns with the focus of the lab strands will be
given special consideration.
All hired faculty will be required to attend an on-campus mandatory
training of approximately 50 hours, scheduled for July 24-30,
followed by monthly 2-hour on-line training sessions
throughout the Fall. Faculty will be required to return for the
2024 Citizen Science program no later than January 7, 2024
for pre-program work. The program runs through Thursday, January
. Travel, food, and housing will be provided for any
on-campus training and the entire January session. Faculty will
receive a stipend payable at the end of the January session.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We will give
preference to applications received by May 1, 2023
submit the following materials to Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/123271
- Your current CV
- Two confidential letters of recommendation.
- A letter of interest specific to this unique program that gives
a sense of your philosophy on teaching and pedagogy as well as your
approach to diversity and inclusion. We particularly invite you to
address the four cornerstone questions of the program as
represented at the beginning of this document.
Applications received after May 1, 2023 will be accepted and
considered on a rolling basis until all positions are
Bard College is a private liberal arts institution with
approximately 2,000 students, located in New York’s Hudson River
Valley. Additional information about the Citizen Science program
can be found on our website, http://citizenscience.bard.edu/