Undergraduate Coordinator and Instructor – University of Maine

Statement of the Job:

The School of Earth and Climate Sciences (SECS) at the University of Maine seeks applications for the Golden Undergraduate Coordinator and Instructor (GUCI), a permanent non-tenure track, nine month academic year faculty member. The primary duties of this position are undergraduate education and administration of undergraduate-related academic matters. Research and scholarly activity in an area of Earth and Climate Sciences or Earth science education is encouraged as a subsidiary activity, and the successful candidate will be expected to stay current in their academic discipline area. We are seeking a vibrant, enthusiastic candidate with strong organizational skills who is committed to fostering an inclusive environment for undergraduate education. As the first point of contact for our undergraduate students, the GUCI is an integral part of the SECS faculty, and we are seeking a candidate who will grow with our changing undergraduate population and help shape the future of our program for many years to come.

Initial teaching duties will include one large, introductory Earth Science course per semester with TA-supported laboratories for majors in Earth and Climate Sciences and Ecology and Environmental Sciences, as well as for non-majors. Additionally, the successful candidate will teach a College-required “Issues and Opportunities” course every fall to incoming students, which is used to help students select a concentration and succeed in a university setting. The class includes an overnight field trip early in the Fall. The successful candidate will lead several local weekend field trips every year, as well as assist with annual or biannual trips lasting 1-3 weeks.

Initial program coordination duties include serving as: 1) Undergraduate Program Coordinator, an administrative role that interfaces with College and School on issues including academic requirements, advising, and student outreach/retention; 2) Recruiting Coordinator, which involves attending regular University Open Houses, Accepted Student Days, and New Student Orientation, as well as interacting with interested students throughout the year; 3) advisor for all first-year and transfer students, which includes developing a plan of study for their degree, as well as addressing ongoing issues such as financial need, academic probation, and student personal issues; 4) Chair of the Student Scholarship and Development Funds Committee; and 5) the SECS point of contact on all issues regarding course and classroom scheduling.

This position carries with it a 100% teaching load, or the equivalent of 18 credits per year. This 18-credit workload will consist of teaching the courses described above and performing the aforementioned program coordinator duties; thus, the load does not consist of 18 contact hours of teaching but rather is split between teaching and program coordination duties. Adjustments to the expected teaching may be made based on the applicant’s interest and the School’s needs. This is a named position that comes with an annual stipend in addition to the base salary. The current GUCI is entering a 2-year phased retirement, so the successful applicant will transition into the position with guidance from the current GUCI.About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.

Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. 

Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.Qualifications:Required:

  • PhD in an Earth Science-related field
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, particularly during student recruitment season
  • Availability for occasional on-campus events during summer months related to university recruiting efforts.
  • Ability to travel for student field trips up to three weeks per year
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching, professional development, and service


  • Experience as lead instructor in undergraduate setting
  • Experience with large lecture courses that include laboratories
  • Field experience
  • Highly organized

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3) transcripts of all academic work;
4) a statement of teaching philosophy no longer than two pages that addresses general teaching philosophy and approach to student advising;
5) a statement on philosophy on inclusion and diversity that is no longer than one page;
6) a brief statement no longer than one page about research interests and directions, and potential pathways to facilitate undergraduate research individually and/or in the department;
7) contact information for three to five professional references.

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: March 20, 2020
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: March 25, 2020
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: April 1, 2020
Tentative start date: September 1, 2020 


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