In 1839, Westfield State University was founded on the ideals of Horace Mann who sought to improve society through education. We were the first public education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies contributing to the development of knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.
Westfield State is a highly residential campus with approximately 55% of our 3,100 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Springfield, Northampton, and Amherst with a selection of museums, theater, collegiate and minor league sports, hiking trails, and restaurants. The University is within 1.5 hours of Boston and Albany and within 3 hours of New York City and the Green Mountain range of Vermont.
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You are welcome here. You can advance your career and make a difference here. We invite you to bring your whole self and talents to Westfield State University. The University seeks applicants whose record of teaching, student advising, research, and administration positions them to contribute to the everyday practice of our institutional values.
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Embrace Diversity - We treat all members of our community with dignity and respect.
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Collaborate with Each Other - We make decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.
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Build a Strong Community - We are inclusive and ensure equity, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.
Engage the Outside Community - We support civic engagement in local, regional, and global initiatives.
Campus Title: Instructor, Environmental Science State Job Title: Instructor Department: Environmental Science Funding: Contracted, non-benefited Job Type: Part-Time, One Semester
The Department of Environmental Science at Westfield State University seeks a one semester, part-time environmental science faculty member for the spring semester of 2024 to teach a 3-credit undergraduate course in Environmental Chemistry, Pollution, & Toxicology to students in our major (enrollment will likely be 16-20 students). The course meets in person, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45-5:00 PM. Applicants must have a M.S. or Ph.D. in an environmental-science discipline and be a dynamic and engaging teacher. Topics of the course may include atmospheric chemical mechanisms that influence the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion as well as the basics of chemical reactions and processes in air, soil, and water. Previous experience teaching college-level chemistry or experience using common water, soil, and air chemistry monitoring protocols are desirable.
Westfield State University is one of the few universities to have a Department of Environmental Science, currently with 100 students in the major. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts. The University owns a beaver pond / wetland complex, property on the Wild and Scenic Westfield River and woodlands which are often used for field -based teaching and research. We have a strong working relationship with environmental partners such as The Nature Conservancy, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, MA Division of Ecological Restoration, the Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee, National Park Service, and others.
A complete application includes a cover letter describing your specific experience, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, and contact information for at least 2 references. Women, persons of color; and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Salaries for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining agreements as well as state policies. State job specifications may be found on the Department of Higher Education's webpage.
Benefits are an important component of an employee's total compensation package.
Health Insurance: Westfield State offers a variety of HMO, POS, and PPO-type health insurance plans for eligible employees with coverage effective on the 1st of the month following the 60 days of employment.
Retirement: the MA State Employee Retirement System provides eligible employees with a retirement pension following a 10-year vesting period. In lieu of the retirement pension, eligible employees may select the Optional Retirement Plan with a maximum 5% employer matching contribution.
Tuition Waivers & Discounts: eligible employees, including spouses and dependent children, receive reduced tuition at MA state colleges, community colleges, and universities.
Paid Time Off: employees receive 11 paid holidays and generous vacation, personal, and sick leave benefits.
Westfield State University is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and will ensure the availability of reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (413) 572-8809 or visit us in the Horace Mann Building, 1st floor.
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and review of a background check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.
An online application is required. A complete application includes:
Unofficial copy of transcripts of highest degree
Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
Contact information for three reference letter providers**
* In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.
** Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g. email@example.com).
Application deadline: Review of applications will begin (posting date). The job will remain open until finalists have been selected.
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.