Position Title: Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy & Socioeconomic Values On an annual basis, teach the Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values course during two semester sessions and one-third of the two summer courses, Fundamentals of Marine Conservation, and Marine Megafauna. 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: Center Director and the Office of Academic Affairs
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.
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
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
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)
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
Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package and on-site room and board included.
Start Date: Early to mid-August 2019
To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online. Recommendation letters will be required upon request.
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
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
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
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About The School for Field Studies
SFS strategically creates long-term research centers in regions facing critical environmental issues. SFS Centers facilitate understanding of these issues in collaboration with local networks. Through the collection of ecological and social data, students and faculty contribute to sustainable responses that make sense within the local context.