Sunday, August 24, 2003 - Information
University of Maine Cross Country Ski Coach/Lecturer Position


The University of Maine at Presque Isle announces a 3-year fixed-length academic year appointment for a Cross-Country Ski Coaching/Lecturer position beginning September 1, 2003 or as soon as filled. This is a new position and provides an exciting opportunity to develop not only a new ski team but also a unique ski coaching academic program. The University of Maine at Presque Isle has recently been accepted as a provisional member of the National Association of College Athletics, Division III with the possibility of a Division I ski team.

The position may be renewed depending on the success of the program. The successful candidate must have a Bachelor‚s Degree. A Master‚s Degree in a relevant area must be completed for an extended contract after three years. The successful candidate will have ski-coaching experience. The position consists of one-half coaching and one-half teaching within the university‚s ski coaching concentration. The classes include, but are not be limited to, beginning, intermediate and advanced ski coaching techniques, program design and evaluation and supervision of practica and fieldwork experiences. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for recruiting athletes and developing and maintaining a working relationship with the university, surrounding communities and the Maine Winter Sports Center.

The Maine Winter Sports Center is a non-profit organization that seeks to re-establish skiing as the dominant winter lifestyle in Maine by investing in rural communities where skiing remains viable. MWSC has built or acquired four facilities in Aroostook County: the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent, the Nordic Heritage Center and Quoggy Jo Community Alpine Area in Presque Isle, and the Big Rock Alpine Skyway in Mars Hill. These ski areas support programs for local children and adults, as well as a MWSC competitive team. The facilities also host world- class competitions that bring in superior athletes from across the country and around the world.

Broad, open landscape accented by rolling hills and big sky vistas characterize the natural environment surrounding the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Lots of clean air and bright days, hundreds of lakes and waterways, hardwood and evergreen forests are ideal settings for a myriad of outdoor adventures from canoeing, hiking, rock climbing to alpine and cross-country skiing. The city of Presque Isle, population 9,700, offers opportunities for both summer and winter outdoor sports and is the primary commercial and cultural center of the region. Featuring a safe small-town life next door to the North Maine Woods, it also boasts blue-ribbon schools, a regional airport and easy access to nearby Canada.

One of seven autonomous campuses within the University of Maine System, the University of Maine at Presque Isle provides its 1,500 traditional and non-traditional students from the United States and Canada with life-changing opportunities in a caring, small-university environment. It combines liberal arts and selected professional studies programs and serves as a cultural and educational resource for the entire area.

Our students value our talented, caring faculty, small student- centered classes, and experiential learning. A student/faculty ratio of 14 to 1 allows close rapport between instructors and students. Service-learning, internship and undergraduate research opportunities describe the intellectual adventure at UM-Presque Isle. We emphasize teaching excellence and effective work with undergraduate students, while also encouraging research and publication. The course load is 4/4 and will likely involve teaching in the general education core. Come join our North of Ordinary university community. Visit our website at: www.umpi.maine.edu

To apply, candidates should send a letter of application, a copy of official university transcripts, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to Dr. Richard Kimball, Vice President of Academic Affairs. Evaluation of candidates‚ files will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Thank you,
Barbara B. Lambert
Office of Human Resources
University of Maine at Presque Isle
181 Main Street


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