Teaching Staff: Director of Energy Education and Management


College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a full-time permanent teaching staff position to direct energy education and management at the college. In collaboration with faculty and staff, this position provides interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students in energy, sustainability, and related areas through classes, the Community Energy Center, and independent projects.

 The director provides leadership and expertise in all matters related to energy, moving the college toward greater use of renewable energy, decreasing overall energy use, and expanding educational opportunities for students in energy and related areas as we move towards our goal of being a fossil-fuel free campus by 2030. The director collects, analyzes, and tracks data and maintains records concerning COA’s energy consumption, purchase, and generation and performs cost-benefit analyses of current and proposed energy initiatives.  This work occurs on campus, including our farms and our island field stations, as well as collaborative work with the broader community.  The director’s time is divided roughly equally between teaching and administration.

We seek someone with strong technical skills and experience in energy who can help our students make connections to other areas, including sustainable food systems, climate change, community planning, and green business. The successful candidate will also help students think across temporal and spatial scales, connecting local energy projects with broader political and policy issues.

College of the Atlantic is committed to inclusive excellence.  We strive toward an open and diverse community that fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in higher education.  

COA is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 350 students and 35 faculty. Faculty are not organized via departments, and all students design their own major in human ecology. The average class size is 12.  Our educational approach integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and seeks to understand and improve the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments. COA is a leader in sustainability in higher education. We have been named the greenest college in the US three times by the Princeton Review and have topped the Sierra Club’s list of cool schools twice. In 2013, COA became the first college in the nation to fully divest from fossil fuels.  In 2019 COA signed onto the Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge — the first college in the US to do so — committing us to eliminate all single-use disposable plastics from campus by 2025.  COA students are active in local and state environmental politics and have participated in all UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties (negotiating sessions) since 2005.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Teach at least two courses yearly on renewable energy, energy conservation, and energy systems.  At least one course will be a practicum involving students in projects that work on energy, building systems, and sustainability.  In addition, the director will organize and direct independent studies and senior projects related to energy.
  • Oversee the Community Energy Center (CEC). Direct students in projects at the CEC during the academic year and during the summer at the college, including our farms and islands, and in local communities.
  • Provide campus-wide leadership to meet the college’s commitments in our Energy Framework, including our goal to be fossil fuel-free by 2030.
  • Collect, analyze, and track data and maintain records concerning COA’s energy consumption, purchase, and generation and perform cost-benefit analyses of current and proposed energy initiatives. 
  • Direct work on any CEC grants, such as the Rural Energy Development Agency (REDA) grant.
  • In collaboration with faculty and administrators, pursue grants for energy and sustainability projects on and off campus.
  • Participate in collaborative work on energy and sustainability with the Island Institute through the Fund for Maine Islands.
  • Oversee completion of sustainability and energy-related components of STARS and other internal and external reports and surveys.
  • Attend weekly meetings and act as a staff liaison to the student-led Campus Committee on Sustainability (CCS).

Work collaboratively with Campus Planning and Building Committee and the Director of Campus Planning and Buildings to analyze proposed campus projects from a sustainability perspective.

Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in engineering, environmental science, or another field related to renewable energy or energy conservation is strongly preferred, although we will consider candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and significant experience.  Teaching experience at the college level is strongly preferred. We are open to candidates with experience in any area of energy, including building science, community-based solar energy, and microgrids.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but for full consideration, please submit materials no later than Friday, October 25. To apply, please submit a current CV and a cover letter discussing your interest in and qualifications for the position to the address
energy-search@coa.edu.

 

Faculty Position in Drawing and Painting

College of the Atlantic (COA) seeks a full-time faculty member in Drawing and Painting.
 
The successful candidate will develop and teach foundational, intermediate, and advanced classes in drawing and painting, and will integrate drawing and painting into COA’s broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum. In addition to teaching students pursuing an art focus within their degree in Human Ecology, the candidate should have the ability to teach students from science and humanities disciplines, as well as students at various levels within a given course. Applicants should demonstrate college-level teaching experience and professional expertise in drawing and painting. The scholarship and creative work of the faculty take many forms. In addition to a studio art practice, we also welcome applicants with public engagement and community-based research. We encourage candidates who are in conversation with transdisciplinary thought and practice and engage with innovative and intersectional approaches. Preference will be given to candidates who complement and expand on the strengths of the Art and Design area and who add cultural and intellectual diversity to the area.
 
College of the Atlantic is committed to inclusive excellence.  We strive toward an open and diverse community that fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education.
 
COA is an interdisciplinary college of approximately 350 students and 35 faculty – where theory and research are tied to practice. Faculty are not organized via departments, and all students design their own major in Human Ecology (BA, MPhil). The average class size is 13.  Our educational approach integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and seeks to understand and improve the relationships between humans and their built, natural, and social-cultural environments. We encourage applicants with interests across the sciences, arts, and humanities who are comfortable working collaboratively – and at times team teaching – with colleagues from different disciplinary traditions within the transdisciplinary curriculum of the College.  In addition to teaching 5 courses over 3 ten-week terms, other responsibilities of faculty membership are advising and mentoring students, directing senior projects, supervising independent studies, and contributing to college governance and service.
 
REQUIREMENTS: MFA in drawing/painting or equivalent professional experience is required. The preferred candidate has college teaching experience and is a practicing artist with a developing body of work, and demonstrates success as a teacher and colleague. The ideal candidate will have a knowledge of painting and drawing and their roles in contemporary visual art and culture, along with an understanding of art theory and criticism.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates are invited to send a CV, list of proposed courses, work samples and a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy.

●    Cover Letter: Please address qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy. In addressing teaching philosophy, we ask that candidates also discuss ways in which they could contribute to an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students.
●    Curriculum Vitae: Please include contact information for three professional references.
●    Proposed Courses: Applications should include a list of 4-6 proposed courses (with one or two paragraph description for each) on a variety of traditional and non-traditional topics within the area/s of painting and drawing in which the candidate has expertise. These should include foundational courses in drawing and painting, as well as intermediate, advanced, and topical offerings.
●    Work Samples: 10-15 slides of select works are required. In addition, applicants may submit up to five minutes of time-based work or documentation of an installation.

Please apply through Slideroom.

Review of applicants will begin on September 1, 2019, and final candidates will be invited for extended interviews and job talks in the fall of 2019. The anticipated start date for the hire is between January 2020 and September 2020. Questions may be directed to Dru Colbert: drawpaintsearch@coa.edu

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.