Resident Lecturer in Mountain Ecology

  • The School for Field Studies
  • Bumthang, Bhutan
  • Apr 07, 2017
Contractor - Independent Consultant Biology/Ecology Faculty/Instructor Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

The SFS program on Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods (summer) and Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition (semester program), located in Bhutan seeks an enthusiastic, team-oriented individual to serve as part of a residential team of faculty and staff who deliver an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience to students spending a semester abroad.  Partnering with the Bhutanese Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), this program will present a rich learning landscape for students exploring people’s relationship with the environment and conservation.

On a contract basis, during the six-week summer program, the Resident Lecturer will teach approximately one-third of the Himalayan Forests, Watersheds, and Rural Livelihood course, and  during the fall  and spring semesters, the Resident Lecturer will teach the Mountain Ecology course as well as teach one-third of the Directed Research course. Contribute to student learning in the areas of biodiversity, landscape ecology, and bio/physical geography. Lead designated components of the programs research plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student directed research projects.
Provide high quality, modern and experiential teaching in critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary curriculum, and participate fully in the implementation of the program’s research plan that addresses these issues. The publication of research results is critical. Work closely with the other program lecturers to deliver an interdisciplinary program through education and research in a field setting. Each lecturer is expected to provide high quality, inquiry-based teaching and will lead students in Directed Research projects defined in the program’s research plan.

Institutional Mission:
SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship.

Start Date:
Ideal start date in order to teach the Summer Program is May 22, 2017.  This can be flexible for the right candidate, with a potential start date in mid-August.

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Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package and on-site room and board included.