Seeking instructors for Citizen Science - Bard College's course in scientific literacy (for January 2019)

Citizen Science, Bard College’s core course in scientific literacy, is seeking instructors for January 2019.

Citizen Science is a 3-week January term course required of all first-year students at Bard. It is designed to introduce students to scientific thinking through active learning in laboratory investigations, computer modeling, and classroom discussions; it focuses on the creation, analysis, and interpretation of scientific evidence.

The course is taught in small sections (<24 students), and each instructor has the opportunity to shape their own syllabus around the core Citizen Science learning outcomes and the year’s theme (for 2019, the theme is the science of water). Each year, the instructors form a vibrant learning community through summer training, while preparing their course, and during the intensive January term. This is a great opportunity to gain teaching experience if you are going on the job market.

Bard is a private liberal arts college with approximately 2,000 students, located in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Additional information about the Citizen Science program can be found on their website:

There is mandatory training for all hired faculty on the Bard campus July 22-27, 2018, and then are required to be on campus for the Citizen Science program starting in the first week of January through January 25th, 2019. Travel, food and dormitory housing will be provided for both the July and January sessions, and faculty will receive a stipend payable at the end of the January session.


Successful candidates will possess or be near completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent in a STEM-related discipline and be willing to engage students of all disciplines in a common educational experience. No specific background in the science of water is required. Prior teaching experience is not a requirement, although candidates with evidence of training in or experience with the application of best practices in undergraduate STEM education will be given special consideration.

Application Instructions

Apply here via Interfolio:

Preference given to applications received by Monday, April 30th.


If you’d like to learn more about this position from a former Citizen Science faculty member, you can contact Denise Pope (, CIRTL Teaching-as-Research program coordinator.