Faculty Position in Marine Science – St. Mary’s College of Maryland


St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) at St. Mary’s City is accepting applications for an Open Rank Faculty position in Marine Science, to begin fall 2022. 

SMCM has a newly established major in Marine Science (https://www.smcm.edu/marine-science/). We are interested in finding a colleague equipped to help develop the Marine Science major into a signature program. We seek an engaging teacher and scholar trained in physical oceanography who will work collaboratively with the existing SMCM faculty to develop the program. Teaching responsibilities include six undergraduate courses per year at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels as well as academic advising. 

We encourage applicants who intend on creating robust field research opportunities for our undergraduate students. Although we are open to any area of expertise, the new hire should be able to readily use our local environment in their research. The ideal candidate would also be willing and able to forge research collaborations with other SMCM faculty. To that end, preference will be given to candidates who study physical processes in coastal or estuarine environments, especially as they relate to biophysical interactions with macrofauna (seagrass, oysters, marshes, etc.), chemical, biochemical, nutrient, or sediment transport, or phytoplankton dynamics.

Service responsibilities include helping to develop the Marine Science program and participating in our shared college governance. Regular teaching responsibilities will include Introduction to Marine Science, Physical Oceanography, electives in applicant’s area of expertise, and the Marine Science Capstone Course. Supervision and mentorship of students completing a year-long senior research project called the St. Mary’s Project qualifies towards a faculty member’s teaching responsibility.

A competitive candidate will be able to demonstrate clear evidence of and a commitment to experiential and applied learning. Two of the College’s core values focus on civic engagement and environmental stewardship. The successful candidate will demonstrate the application of these values in their pedagogical approaches and research, ideally in ways that can directly engage with and capitalize on the geographic region, history, or mission of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Maryland’s public honors college.  With selective admissions policies, academically talented students, and a rigorous curriculum, we offer a small college experience similar to that found at exceptional private colleges.  St. Mary’s faculty benefit from a comprehensive program of support for scholarship, research, travel, and curriculum development, including course releases for pre-tenure faculty and leaves for tenured faculty.  The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and by our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.


  • Applicants should have a PhD in hand before August 2022.
  • Previous experience teaching in a liberal arts context, and a high level of commitment to creative, inclusive undergraduate education.
  • The development of an active research program involving SMCM undergraduates is expected.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for advanced rank should have an appropriate degree of documented experience obtaining grants, professional publications, and leadership.
  • A demonstrated interest in attracting and retaining students from underrepresented and/or marginalized groups is desirable.
  • Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. 

Application Instructions

St. Mary’s College (www.smcm.edu) embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission.  We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity.  Application materials should include a cover letter in which candidate addresses how his/her teaching will contribute to an inclusive classroom, curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Applicants can request confidential letters through their Interfolio Dossier account, and may be uploaded for free by the letter writer directly to our Interfolio-hosted account for committee review.  Applications are being accepted online at: apply.interfolio.com/90033.  Questions may be directed to: Professor Randy Larsen, Chair Marine Science Search Committee, rklarsen@smcm.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Visit our website: www.smcm.edu/hr

Learn more and apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/90033

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