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A Season of Opportunity

Oct 17, 2016

Au Sable Invites Applications for Course Registration, Research, and Faculty Positions

Here in northern Michigan, hearing the phrase "Open Season" in October makes most residents think of deer, ducks, and grouse. At Au Sable, we are also declaring "Open Season" now, but of a different kind. Now is a season of opportunity at Au Sable for education, research, and professional employment in all phases of its College Academic Program.

Open Registration

Registration for the 2017 May Term, Summer Session I, and Summer Session II courses is now open at Au Sable's India, Costa Rica, Great Lakes (Michigan) and PacRim (Washington) campuses. Prospective students will find the curriculum much the same as last year except for three important changes. First, Au Sable is ending its January Term and moving its India course, Conservation and Development in the Indian Tropics, to May Term (May 16 to June 3, 2017). Other May Term offerings will remain the same as last year, including Tropical Agriculture and Missions in Costa Rica, and three courses ar the Great Lakes Campus including Field Biology in Spring, Insect Ecology of Streams, Forests, and Fields, and Environmental Law and Policy. Students with plans for employment, research, or other study for the rest of the summer can complete a course in Au Sable's May Term in only three weeks and have the remainder of summer ahead for other opportunities.

Second, at the PacRim Campus, the course introduced last year as Plant Ecology has been renamed Forest Ecology, and will increase its emphasis on the unique, dynamic, and renowned forest communities of the US Pacific Northwest.

Third, classes ar the India, Costa Rica, and Great Laked campuses will shift in their weekly class schedules from Monday through Friday to Tuesday through Saturday, creating a more intentionally Sabbath-centered week, with Monday set aside as an additional day of recreation, relaxation, or preparation for the coming Tuesday classes, removing the pressure to prepare for classes on Sunday.

Anyone interested in learning more about Au Sable courses or registering for them online can go to

Open Applications in Research

Au Sable invites qualified students to apply for paid positions in its 2017 Research Program. Au Sable will continue its studies of best practices for oil pad reforestation and use of red pine habitat by Kirtland's warblers, an endangered bird endemic to northern Michigan. There are currently two openings in each study. Other positions associated with other studies may become available subsequently and be posted as funding is acquired.

Interested applicants should follow instructions found at Applications for the oil pad and warbler studies must be received by 16 December 2016, with notification of selection by or before 13 January 2017.

Open Faculty Positions

Au Sable invites applications for two positions on its 2017 Faculty; a one-year position as Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor in Tropical Agriculture and Missions (Costa Rica), and an alternate-year appointment, beginning in 2017, for Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology. Interested applicants should follow instructions found at Applications must be received by 16 December 2017, with notification of selection by or before 13 January 2017.


For students, Au Sable is increasing the value of its Au Sable scholarship from $1400 to $1500, its Grant in Aid award from $500 to $600, and its Harold Snyder Fellowship from $2600 to $3000. The Institute will also be offering a new named fellowship, the David C. Mahan Fellowship, an award of $2000 that will be given to a student of exceptional academic ability who has demonstrated effectiveness in creation care through relationship  and collaboration with others. For students from Sustaining Partner institutions, Partner Grants have also been increased in value. Research stipends will be $5,200 for 12 weeks with free room and board. Faculty salaries will range from $4,100 to $5,200 for three to five weeks, depending on qualifications and experience, with travel and all on-site living expenses provided.

Dr. Fred Van Dyke, Au Sable's Executive Director, noted, "It's a great privilege to be able to create so much opportunity for so many people in study, research, and teaching here at Au Sable, and to be able to make it known so early in this academic year. Every year we are blessed with outstanding applicants in all of these areas, and we think this year is going to be one of the best yet." Here's to success. It's Open Season for Opportunity at Au Sable.