Full-Time Ecology/Evolutionary Biology Faculty Member

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time


Bennington College seeks a new, full-time faculty member working in the broadly defined field of ecology and evolutionary biology. This position will start Fall 2023 and will support curriculum in both the biological science and environmental studies programs. The successful candidate will develop classes in ecology and evolutionary biology as well as build a research program that incorporates undergraduate participation. A strong candidate will have experience and expertise in areas that complement and diversify Bennington's existing strengths of molecular biology, quantitative biology, and behavioral ecology and physiology. Particular areas of focus include, but are not limited to, plant biology, natural history, ecosystem or landscape ecology, conservation or global change ecology, geographic information systems, biogeography, and/or evo-devo biology.

Bennington College prides itself on the pedagogical freedom its faculty enjoy. As such, the candidate who fills this position will define, develop, and teach their own curriculum to address student interest in the broadly defined areas of ecology and evolution. A typical teaching load includes 20 credit hours (4 or 5 classes) per year. Courses will include both lower and upper level classes, some with field/lab components. The ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to student-centered pedagogy and an interest in directing undergraduate research. Strong candidates will have a Ph.D. in ecology, evolutionary biology, or a closely related discipline (ABD will be considered).

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Full-time faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation.

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) is accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—prioritizes flexible thought and invites the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.

Review of applications will begin October 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should apply online by submitting the following: a) cover letter; b) curriculum vitae; c) statement of teaching philosophy with descriptions of three potential course offerings; d) statement of research goals, including how the applicant will incorporate undergraduate research (maximum of 2 pages); e) links to, or examples of, relevant recent professional work; f) statement on the candidate’s potential to contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service (maximum of 2 pages); and g) contact information for three references.

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.

This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.