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Job Opportunity: Citizen Science Faculty, Bard College: Citizen Science, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Posted by on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Job Opportunities .

Bard College seeks early career scientists to teach in their Citizen Science Program (January 2019). This is a 3.5 week total commitment that pays a $6,000 stipend and covers travel, room and board. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are especially invited to apply.


Citizen Science is an innovative program focused on enhancing our first-year students science literacy through hands-on, real-world coursework and projects. We ask…

  • What does it mean to be scientifically literate?
  • What is the role of citizens when it comes to weighing in on important scientific issues?
  • How can citizens find the scientific information they need in order to meet the challenges they face in their lives and respond to the scientific issues of their day?
  • What are the skills we all need in order to adequately and thoroughly interpret scientific claims, and how can we be sure that the conduct, analysis, and interpretation of science are not unduly influenced by political or other potentially distorting factors?

Inspired by stories from places like Flint, MI, and Hoosick Falls, NY, the 2019 Citizen Science program will tackle urgent, present-day questions related to water. Our common curriculum will explore the properties of water, as well as how these properties influence the contamination (and decontamination) of drinking water. We will also consider the extent to which problems of contamination are not purely scientific in nature: where and how does politics enter the picture? In what ways are social, historical, and political factors at work even when we think we are engaged in “objective” science?

Faculty will teach in one of four clusters based upon their interest and expertise…

  • Science communication
  • Science education
  • Community action: Contaminants in water
  • Scientific research: Beneficial bacteria in water 

All teachers will be required to attend mandatory faculty training at the Bard College campus July 22 – 27, 2018. Faculty will be required to return to campus on Monday, January 7, 2019 for pre-program work. These sessions will focus on the common curriculum, pedagogical practices and lab-cluster content. The 2019 Citizen Science program runs Saturday, January 12 through Friday, January 25, 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.


The announcement says priority given to applications received in April, but it’s not too late to apply; there are still some positions available.


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