Summer Faculty – Aquatic Biology: Michigan

Au Sable Institiute of Environmental Studies
Mancelona, Michigan
Job Category
Faculty Appointments
$4,200 - $5,300
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Au Sable Institute, a Christian institute dedicated to inspiring and educating people to serve, protect and restore God’s earth, is seeking applicants for a faculty position in Aquatic Biology to teach a university-level, field-intensive course, BIOL 322 Aquatic Biology (4 cr), in our five-week Summer Session I from 6 June to 8 July, 2022 at our Great Lakes Campus (Michigan). We are seeking applicants with broad experience and practical application of concepts and skills in aquatic biology or limnology in diverse aquatic habitats (lakes, streams, bogs, and wetlands). Highly desirable experience includes effectiveness in undergraduate teaching, professional and Christian mentoring of undergraduate students, desire and ability to effectively integrate biblical principles of creation care in teaching, and experience in the safe operation of large passenger vans and motorized boats. For more information regarding Au Sable Institute, the position, and application procedure, please see the Job Announcement (PDF) or website (. Setting Au Sable-Great Lakes is located in the north woods of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, about 80 miles southwest of the Straits of Mackinac and 40 miles east of Traverse City. The human population is sparse, primarily rural and consists of a base of year-round residents, including several Native American tribal nations, that swells in the summer as vacationers and those with second homes enjoy the abundant natural beauty. Surrounded on three sides by tens of thousands of acres of forests, Au Sable-Great Lakes includes frontage on a 215-acre lake and an adjoining 200 acres of northern hardwoods and conifer forests. Environmental resources in the vicinity of Au Sable-Great Lakes are abundant and diverse, reflecting the result of glacial activity. Pristine river systems, including a designated Michigan Natural River – the Jordan; approximately 900 lakes and ponds in the local four-county area, 80 bogs in the local twelve-township area, diverse forest ecosystems, three Great Lakes, various sand dune communities, diverse climatic and topographic features, and diverse flora and fauna contribute to unique educational and research opportunities in this setting. Of particular significance are the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Hartwick Pines and Wilderness State Parks; the Lake Skegemog Wildlife Area; the Grass River Natural Area; the Jordan, Manistee, Au Sable, Boardman, and Rapid Rivers; and the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery. The climate is typical of north-temperate regions, although the Great Lakes temper the extremes. Salary and Benefits Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, ranging from $4,200-$5,300. Housing will be provided for the faculty member and immediate family. Reimbursement for mileage or airfare to and from permanent residence to the Great Lakes campus is available.
PhD or Master’s in aquatic biology, limnology, or related discipline with an emphasis in freshwater aquatic systems – ABD will be considered. Experience and ability to teach and demonstrate skills, techniques, and use of equipment for studying aquatic biology in diverse aquatic habitats is required. Highly desirable experience includes: effectiveness in undergraduate teaching; professional and Christian mentoring of undergraduate students; desire and ability to effectively integrate biblical principles of creation care in teaching; and experience in the safe operation of large passenger vans and motorized boats. As a paid employee of the Au Sable Institute, a Christian institute of environmental studies dedicated to the biblical principles of creation care, the successful applicant must be able to articulate the Institute’s mission of a biblically-based foundation of creation care to other individuals and audiences interacting with them in their work as an Au Sable faculty member. They will likewise be expected to participate in and lead Sunday evening vesper worship services with Au Sable faculty, staff and students, and to model exemplary integration of Christian faith, practice and service personally and professionally at all times. Application Process Review of applications will begin February 1 and continue until the position is filled. Please send an e-mail with an attached cover letter and resume that clearly states your interest and qualifications for this position to: Please do not send any letters of recommendation at this time. All applications will be acknowledged and those selected to continue the application process will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references who are able to address relevant experience and teaching effectiveness, and for one pastoral reference who is able to address Christian commitment and maturity and service to a local church. Additional information, including academic transcripts, may be requested during the review process.
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Brian Keas
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