Saturday, October 27, 2012

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] FW: Vacancy Resident Professor Ethnobiology OTS


Is currently looking for a:

Resident Professor in Global Health



The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is seeking applicants for the position of Resident Professor with the OTS Global Health Undergraduate Semester Abroad Program in Costa Rica. This is a field-based program designed to provide undergraduate students with outstanding training in tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, research methods, community interaction, and Spanish language and culture. More information about the program can be found here:

Successful applicants will work closely with the Education Director, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, and two other Resident Professors in curriculum design and implementation, and will be responsible for teaching the Ethnobiology course and assisting with teaching the Research Practicum course. The professor should be comfortable with developing and conducting short but rigorous research projects with students in the field and in the community. Ideal candidates will have a background in ethnobiology or a related field, such that they could complement the expertise of the other resident professors in medicine and anthropology. The position is based in Costa Rica, and requires a commitment of 18 weeks in Costa Rica with 13 weeks in the field and 5 weeks in the OTS office in San Jose during each semester (Spring and Fall). This is a full-time position with a required commitment of at least one year. Any questions about the position should be directed to The OTS Undergraduate Semester Abroad Programs are accredited by Duke University and maintain high educational standards, so applicants should have excellent teaching skills.



·         Ph.D. in Ethnobiology with professional research experience in the tropics

·         A strong interest in team teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration

·         A strong background in experimental design and statistical analysis in projects related to public health and ethnobiology

·         Experience in field-based education and hands-on experiential teaching a plus

·         Experience working in Latin America, especially in Costa Rica, a plus

·         Excellent bilingual (English/Spanish) communication skills

·         Ability to work a flexible schedule and spend 16-18 weeks, twice a year, in Costa Rica

·         Comfortable with living in close quarters with students and faculty at field stations around Costa Rica



Application deadline: December 4, 2012

Anticipated start date: January 14, 2013 or sooner


To apply, please submit the following materials in a single pdf document via the OTS website ( cover letter describing your interest and fit for the position, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and 3 references. Applications may also be sent electronically to




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