Career Opportunity – Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values, Turks & Caicos Islands

On an annual basis, teach the Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values
course during two semester sessions  and one-third of the two summer
courses, Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management, and Applied
Marine Research Techniques. Lead designated components of the Center’s
Strategic Research Plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the
student directed research projects related to these research lines.
Location:
The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies
South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
Reports to:
The Center Director with support from the Office of Academic Affairs
Start Date:
August 15, 2017
Course Overview:
The Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values course is designed to
assist students in understanding the political, legal, economic, ethical and
social pressures that influence the environment and the community’s
attitudes toward development.
Issues to be addressed will likely include: social and political systems
(TCI and Caribbean); economic status of South Caicos (within context of TCI
and Caribbean); Environmental policy (marine and terrestrial); Political
Ecology; Artisanal fisheries in the TCI and Caribbean; Anthropological and
sociological aspects of community development; Politics and processes of
environmental regulation including protected areas management;
Environmental/ecological economics (marine emphasis);  Social survey
techniques; Globalization  on the local and regional community; Tourism,
Pollution impacts (terrestrial and marine); Marine protected areas.
In addition, the empowerment of local people in the creation of sustainable
development projects will be examined within the context of the current
development plans for South Caicos. This course is based on a comprehensive
approach that encompasses management, economics, policy, legal and social
issues. The Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values faculty will work
closely with our Tropical Marine Ecology, and Marine Resource Management
faculty to deliver an inter-disciplinary program. The successful candidate
will provide high quality, experiential teaching and participate fully in
the implementation of the center’s multi-year research plan that addresses
these issues.
Applicants are encouraged to review the course syllabi and programs
descriptions on the SFS website:
Duties and Responsibilities:
*    Educate students about the complexity of local development,
management, and conservation issues through field-based teaching, scientific
research and training
*    Create a rich mosaic of research questions centered on supporting
functional ecosystems while balancing the needs of human communities
*    Empower local communities and decision makers to address their
sustainable development challenges through applied research that informs
local decision making
*    Contribute to the scientific community through the dissemination of
research, including peer-reviewed publications or presentations at
professional meetings
Teaching
*    As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one third of
the academic program (minimum 60 instructional  hours per semester)
*    Plan, revise, and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based
interdisciplinary curriculum
*    Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and
professional manner
*    Adhere to the daily academic schedule
*    Prepare, administer, and grade assignments, quizzes, mid-term and
final examinations in a timely manner
*    Supervise and mentor 8 to 12 students in their directed research
projects each semester
*    Actively support and counsel students on academic issues
*    Maintain records of: lectures, exams, quizzes, readings, field
experiences and homework assignments
Research
*    Conduct designated research according to the center’s current
strategic research plan
*    Identify appropriate components of the center’s research suitable
for student Directed Research projects
*    Prepare research results for clients and partners and/or for
publication and conference presentations
*    Assist in the creation and implementation of center research
policies, priorities, budgets as required
*    Implement appropriate data management and record keeping
*    Present research findings at local and international conferences
(budget dependent)
Administration
*    Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in
review/analysis following students’ departure
*    Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and
during the program, particularly interns
*    Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry
components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of
each program period
*    In cooperation with other center staff, provide day-to-day
coordination of Interns as delegated by the Center Director
*    Participate in resolving group management issues and student
discipline problems
*    Participate in preparation of the final reports, academic handbook
revisions and other required reports
*    As requested by the center director, assist with other logistical,
group management and administrative tasks
Safety & Risk Management
*    Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the center
faculty/staff team, for the safety of all program participants
*    Participate in the review and revision of center risk assessment and
management plans
*    Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
*    Know the emergency procedures plan for the center, including
evacuation plan
*    Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and
conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
*    Complete incident reports when appropriate and contribute to safety
audits
*    Comply with, actively model, and enforce all SFS and center policies
and procedures
*    Ensure that first aid certifications are kept up to date via
periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions
Daily Center Life
*    Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take some
meals with the students
*    On a rotating basis, take responsibility for center-specific “staff
of the day” duties
*    Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, center
upkeep projects, social and field activities
*    At the request of the center Director, serve as caretaker for center
during program breaks and center rentals
*    Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
*    Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and center policies
and procedure
Minimum qualifications:
*    Ability to obtain Turks & Caicos work permit
*    Ph.D. (or ABD status) and university-level teaching experience in
Environmental Policy, Socioeconomics, Anthropology, Human Geography,
Environmental/Ecological Economics, or similar field
*    Field research experience in any of the above disciplines
*    Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary
teaching and research team
*    Good track record of research publications or scholarly products
commensurate with experience
*    Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues
Preferred Qualifications:
*    Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with small island
governments
*    Residential student group management and risk management experience
highly desirable
*    Proven track record of grant writing success
*    SCUBA certification and high comfort level in water-based activities
(snorkeling and swimming)
*    Current first aid certification
Other Expectations:
*    Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field
station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate
students and visiting researchers or programs
*    Represent SFS at local and international meetings and conferences
*    At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the
local community
Compensation/Benefits
Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. A comprehensive
benefits package and onsite room and board is included.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and
addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum
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Recommendation letters will be required upon request.
Inquiries about the position may be directed to SFS Dean of Academic
Programs Mark Seifert at mseifert@fieldstudies.org
Equal Opportunity Employer.
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