The Thomas G. Siccama Lecturer in Environmental Field Studies at Yale University

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Saturday, October 1, 2016, 11:45pm


New Haven, CT
United States

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The Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies invites applications from emerging and experienced scholars, including especially women and diverse candidates, for appointment as the Thomas G. Siccama Lecturer in Environmental Field Studies. The successful candidate will be an exceptional teacher with demonstrated skills and experience in field-based teaching. 

Interdisciplinary expertise focused on the natural history, evolution and functioning of landscapes and organisms, including the capacity to identify plants and animals in the field, and engage students with their biology and ecology, is required. Experience in terrestrial ecology, including some combination of ecosystem science, geology, geomorphology or soil science will also be necessary.

Proven ability to inspire students through practical, hands-on teaching, and also by encouraging and guiding them in their own research is a prerequisite. Interest in engaging with students with very diverse environmental interests, and collaborating with other faculty in a strongly interdisciplinary School, is required. It is expected that the Siccama Lecturer will use the resources available at the school forests as an integral part of their teaching.

We are especially interested in applications from scholars who would contribute to the diversification of the field of environmental and sustainability studies. Personal experience of communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and the capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, would be an asset. 

Working closely with the Director of School Forests, and other faculty in the School, the Siccama Lecturer will be expected to teach three primarily field-based courses in each academic year and also develop and lead a new summer Field Ecology Program for Master’s and undergraduate students. S/he will also be expected to assist with the mentoring of Master’s and undergraduate students and build connections with faculty, students, and leadership in other academic units across Yale University.

The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal.


The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in a related field, or equivalent practical experience, in an appropriate area.  The candidate must possess evidence of exceptional ability in field-based teaching, experience in research and an interest in coordinating student research.

For more information about the position, contact Assistant Dean Danielle Dailey at

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

How to Apply:

Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. 

In preparing their application, candidates should become familiar with the School ( to learn more about the School and the legacy of Thomas G. Siccama, and consider how their expertise can help strengthen field-based teaching within the School and more broadly at Yale. 

Please upload: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of teaching interests and experience including any awards or recognition for teaching, 4) statement of research interests and expertise, and 5) names and contact information of four references via

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Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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Danielle Dailey

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