Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.
Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The college’s commitment to academic excellence, intellectual exploration, inclusivity, and engaged citizenship defines its character.
Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has about 2,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The student body represents 44 states and 53 countries; approximately 23 percent are domestic students of color, 7 percent of students are international, and 13 percent of all students are first generation to college.
The College has 210 faculty members and 750 staff and administrative employees. As one of the top employers in the state, Bates recruits its faculty and staff nationally, regionally, and locally. They consist of diverse individuals with a broad range of intellectual, professional, and personal experience.
Bates is proud of its deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, an urban center with a demographically diverse population of approximately 65,000 people. With a rich industrial past, Lewiston/ Auburn has seen great transition in the last 30 years and offers opportunities for cultural enrichment and meaningful community-engaged learning and leadership. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.
This staff member provides assistance with instruction and assessment to faculty teaching mathematics courses. The Assistant in Instruction is responsible for leading mathematics problem discussion sessions for Calculus I and Calculus II. The Assistant in Instruction also collaborates with the faculty to develop and assess meaningful hands-on student activity components to the mathematics curriculum. This position requires the ability to work successfully with math students at all levels of understanding and cognitive development using inclusive pedagogical techniques that facilitate student learning in a supportive atmosphere. The position also requires that the successful applicant have the ability to meaningfully engage students who come from varied methodological backgrounds. Finally, we are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to our departmental commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive mathematics program. Key accountabilities include:
Conduct weekly discussion sessions for Calculus I and II; evaluate student work in these sessions and maintain needed records to assist the faculty in course grading.
Assist in preparation of up-to-date plans for practice session activities for a variety of other courses in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum at instructor request.
Assist during regular class hours in other courses at instructor request.
Assist students in mathematical typesetting.
Provide support to students learning and using mathematical software.
Department Organization and Assessment
For core mathematics courses such as Calculus I and II and Introduction to Abstraction (introduction to proof techniques): coordinate and maintain instructional resources, providing consistency each semester as the faculty teaching these courses rotate frequently.
Utilize and update student diagnostic and placement exams to advise students
Assist in course-level and department-level assessment
This is a full-time, academic year position.
This role requires a Bachelor’s degree in the mathematics or a closely related field and significant teaching experience.
A successful candidate for the position must have:
Experience with Moodle, the Google Suite, WeBWorK, LaTeX, graphing calculators, Maple, MATLAB, Sage, and/or Mathematica
Strong time, task, and project management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Willingness to learn new software as needed
Ability to communicate and work effectively with colleagues
A personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier liberal arts college
Ability to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
Familiarity with the academic environment and higher education, preferably the liberal arts.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules in order to offer programming at times that coincide with student availability.
Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills.
Impeccable organizational (time, task, project management) skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively across disciplinary boundaries with a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff. Must be flexible and have a positive attitude.
Proficiency in basic data management systems, basic computer applications, and cloud services (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, Moodle, Google Docs, iCloud).
Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Successful completion of a criminal background check.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and graduate school transcripts if applicable, and contact information for three professional references. In your letter, please address our commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive department, as stated above.
This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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About Bates College
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.