Environmental Science Faculty - FT, Tenure-Track, MCCC/MTA - Greenfield Community College in Greenfield Massachusetts

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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield, Massachusetts

United States
(MCCC 15-20)

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Environmental science at GCC focuses on the scientific study of human interactions with the environment-- biological, physical and chemical -- with a core commitment to resource conservation and sustainability. The science department's mission includes building scientific literacy in all liberal arts students and providing a rigorous scientific foundation for students who wish to pursue science and engineering careers. Focused "campus as classroom" initiatives strive to expand hands-on learning opportunities on the GCC campus, such as in the 80-acre forest, wetlands, greenhouse, teaching gardens, building facilities, and energy installations. Students come to learn systems thinking, scientific principles, and hands-on skills important for sustainability careers, research, and transfer.

We seek a full-time faculty member to coordinate a rigorous Environmental Science program relevant for the needs and professional opportunities of our region. This person will work closely with colleagues and community partners to help the college and our citizens better understand the theoretical meaning of sustainability and the real-world knowledge and skills needed to implement it.


  • Evaluate, improve and teach core courses in environmental science and related sciences such as earth science, climate science, and meteorology;
  • Work as a team member in cross-disciplinary curriculum innovation, including creating hands-on learning opportunities for students on campus;
  • Collaborate with colleagues on program development and coordinate implementation of the environmental science degree program in response to professional standards, student career and transfer needs, regional career and transfer opportunities, and changes in the environmental science field;
  • Advise, mentor and support students;
  • Develop and implement innovative curriculum;
  • Teach several different field & lab-based courses each semester (15-credit equivalent teaching load per semester);
  • Collaborate with community partners, such as high schools, employers, and community-based organizations in support of program, department and college goals;
  • Utilize course and program learning outcomes to assess students effectively and constructively;
  • Serve on college-wide committees and represent the science department locally and regionally as needed;
  • Participate in departmental, division, committee & college-wide meetings;
  • Contribute to departmental activities, such as ongoing assessment projects, grant proposals and management, search committees, as well as represent the program at state and national meetings;
  • Maintain regular office hours and communicate regularly with majors and prospective students;
  • Advise students in environmental science for successful transfer and job outcomes;
  • Work effectively in promoting the success of a diverse student body;
  • Help manage grant-funded projects and budgets; and
  • Stay current on scientific developments and career pathways in environmental science.



  • Master's degree in Environmental Science or closely related field;
  • One year full time (or part-time equivalent) teaching Environmental Science or closely related lab science at the college level;
  • Applied, professional, or community-based research experience in environmental science;
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in teaching introductory lab science courses in at least two of the following areas: climate science, meteorology, earth science, watershed science, soil science, sustainable/renewable energy;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness teaching and working with a diverse population;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in curriculum development and innovative teaching in science and field-based laboratories, including fluency with multimedia technologies;
  • Effective & demonstrable skills in assessing student learning outcomes at course, program and/or departmental levels; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, and community partners.


  • Three years full-time equivalent teaching experience at the college level;
  • Record of effective teaching of lab science courses in a community college setting;
  • Experience with academic and/or career advising;
  • Experience in budgeting and writing/managing grants;
  • Experience with program/departmental coordination or equivalent administrative experience;
  • Experience in the academic process of building new courses and/or program development;
  • Experience utilizing community partnerships to enhance student learning and success of the partners; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of community colleges.

Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a small, publicly supported community college of approximately 2,200 students with an average age of 27. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Farm and Food Systems, Renewable Energy, Nursing, Fine Arts, Gender and Women's Studies, and Outdoor Leadership. Students can learn in varied environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning-communities that address specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges. Much of the College has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that earned LEED Gold certification for its sustainability features. At GCC sustainability has many definitions, but underlying each is the desire to achieve and maintain the environmental, economic and social well-being of our world, both today and for future generations. Sustainability influences the way our courses are taught, the way our buildings and landscapes grow and change, and the way we live and work in them. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.

GCC is actively looking to recruit diverse faculty and staff to meet the needs of our student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Those with alternative experiences related to any of the minimum qualifications can apply and should submit an equivalency statement.

Keyword Phrases

  • Science/Environmental
  • Beautiful & Historic Western Massachusetts
  • Intentional and ongoing reflection of diversity
  • Works closely with business and community partners
  • Environmental Biology
  • Public and Environmental Health, Epidemiology
  • Sciences Adjunct
  • Health Sciences Adjunct
  • Community College Health Sciences
  • Community College Sciences
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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