Aquatic Ecologist, Tenure Track

 Middlebury College: Department of Biology 

Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology 

Location: Middlebury, Vermont

Closed: October 8th, 2018


The Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Biology with a focus in aquatic ecology to begin in fall 2019.  Applicants should have a Ph.D., postdoctoral experience or its equivalent, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, scholarship, and service.  Demonstration of evidence-based inclusive pedagogy, mentoring, and advising a diverse population of students is essential.

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research.  An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.

Teaching Expectations:  The successful candidate will be expected to teach the following:

  • an introductory-level ecology and evolution course (in the college catalog as BIOL 0140);
  • an upper-level aquatic ecology course, including a field-based lab (currently in the college catalog as BIOL 0304, but open to revision based on the interests of the successful candidate);
  • a biological statistics course (in the college catalog as BIOL 0211);
  • and an upper-level discipline-specific course based on the successful candidate’s experience and interest.

The candidate will also occasionally contribute to Middlebury’s First Year Seminar Program and Winter Term course offerings.

Research Expectations: The successful candidate is expected to establish an active research program with aspects that are adaptable, but not necessarily exclusive, to the Northeast.  In other words, the department is open to applications from scholars who work in aquatic ecosystems other than those found in the northeastern U.S. Faculty in the department mentor independent research students, typically at the senior level.  We have a rich tradition of engaging our students with cutting-edge research that often results in scholarly publications.

Thus, the successful candidate should be able to address the question of how their field research is amenable to inclusion in the Biology Department’s curriculum – particularly senior independent research – and fits within Middlebury College’s academic calendar.

Middlebury College provides broad support for research, including competitive start-up funds, internal student research grants, and faculty professional development funds (  The department is based in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility (  The college is situated within the Champlain Valley of western Vermont, between the Green Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains.  We have easy access to a rich diversity of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including Lake Champlain via the college’s research vessel, the R/V Folger  ( 

Biology and STEM at Middlebury:  Members of the Biology Department also have the opportunity, based on their teaching and research interests, to participate in three different inter-departmental STEM Programs: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Environmental Studies.  Although participation in such a program is not an expectation of the position, the department welcomes applications from candidates who have interests in one or more of those areas.  The department is part of a diverse and active set of eleven STEM departments and programs at the college, with a high degree of interdepartmental collaboration (


Application Submission:  Middlebury College exclusively uses Interfolio ( to collect all faculty job applications electronically.  Email and paper applications will not be accepted.

Application Files:  Through Interfolio, submit (1) a letter of application addressed to Dr. Steve Trombulak, Aquatic Ecologist Search Committee Chair, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching plans (see below), (4) a statement of research plans (see below), (5) one sample of scholarly work, and (6) three confidential letters of recommendation (see below).

At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces difference, with all the complexity and individuality each person brings.  Where appropriate in your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or community service might support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Statement of Teaching Plans: The teaching statement should describe your experience and/or intentions for teaching the courses described above as well as discuss your background with respect to evidence-based inclusive pedagogy, mentoring, and advising a diverse population of students.

Statement of Research Plans: The research statement should be explicit regarding ideas for how a program of scholarly achievement in aquatic ecology could be established at Middlebury College.

Letters of Recommendation: The application packet should include at least three confidential letters of recommendation, at least two of which that are specific about your abilities as a teacher, especially with respect to the creation of an inclusive learning community.

Questions?  Feel free to send an email to Steve Trombulak (, chair of the search committee, with any questions not answered here.

Department of Biology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753