Assistant Professor of Sustainable Technology, Energy, & Innovation, Tenure Track

  • Catawba College
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Apr 02, 2021
Full time Environmental Studies Sciences and Technology: other

Job Description

Catawba College
Position Description

Position Title: Asst. Professor of Sustainable Technology, Energy, & Innovation (Tenure Track)
Department: Department of Environment and Sustainability
Position Status: Full-Time, Nine (9) Month Appointment
Directly Reports To: Chair of Department of Environment and Sustainability
Classification: Exempt

The recently formed, generously funded, and rapidly growing Department of Environment & Sustainability at Catawba College ("Catawba") seeks to add a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Sustainable Technology, Energy, and Innovation to its dynamic, collegial, and progressive faculty cohort. This will be a full-time, nine-month faculty appointment beginning in August or December 2021. Responsibilities include, among others, teaching in the Department's concentrations in Environmental Science, Sustainable Planning & Leadership, Environmental Policy and Advocacy, Natural Resource Management, and Environmental & Outdoor Education. The candidate's will primarily be responsible for teaching introductory courses on Air-, Water-, and/or Land-related environmental science and interdisciplinary special topics courses in the applicant's areas of strength or interest. Catawba also expects the selected candidate to exhibit the ability to teach introductory physics courses for the College's general education programs.

Catawba is a small college with a liberal arts foundation located in Salisbury, North Carolina, approximately 45 minutes from Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston Salem. Our campus solar arrays produce more than one megawatt of power, and these installations are but one example of the widespread campus infrastructure and ethos, demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and the environment. We offer a 3-2 BS/MEM collaboration with Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, diverse study abroad opportunities, generous scholarship support and robust internship programs for undergraduate Environment & Sustainability majors, as well as excellent departmental support to augment faculty teaching and research/advocacy development.

The successful candidate will have a promising track record in undergraduate teaching or equivalent professional experience, their own active green technology-based research or innovation programs, peer-reviewed and/or professional publications, student- and intern-centered directed mentorship, and teamwork as a part of a close-knit academic or professional program. Teaching requirements will be a combination of four (4) lecture sections per semester in addition to independent studies and mentorship on an ad hoc basis. Departmental responsibilities include collaborating on curriculum review and development, new course creation, student advising, and being a point of contact for interested student recruits, among others. College-level responsibilities generally expect participation in one (1) to two (2) academic committees on a rolling basis.

Catawba urges candidates with strength in Sustainability and Green Technologies, with particular interest in (but not limited to) a combination of the following: renewable energy innovation and ecopreneurship, materials recycling and reuse, regulatory frameworks and energy markets, environmental engineering, programming languages, and/or environmental physics. Catawba will provide special consideration to candidates with experience in working with groups underrepresented in STEM, with an eye to increasing equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion. Catawba expects the selected candidate to possess experience using a variety of instructional strategies, such as face-to-face delivery, online, hybrid, experiential learning, and field-based experiences to engage students with diverse experiences, and a willingness to embrace working in an inter-disciplinary atmosphere.

PhD or equivalent degree and professional experience required (final stage ABD accepted for application, must be conferred before December 2021).

To Apply:

Applications are to include the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience;
  • Statement of research interests, including how undergraduates can be incorporated into a small college green tech research, innovation, and/or implementation program;
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts for terminal degrees; and
  • Contact information for at least three (3) professional references

E-mail all documents as a single PDF file to Dr. Luke Collar, Chair of the Department of Environment and Sustainability at

Catawba will prioritize applications received on or before April 16, 2021.

Catawba College provides an education focused on an institutional philosophy of a liberal education, which entails a broad range of knowledge, intellectual and practical skills, and individual and social responsibility fostered and developed in all academic programs, including general education and majors, and from the freshman to senior years. The college's mission is to provide "students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation" and to enable "students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens." Further information on the College can be found at:

Catawba College is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status, unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the operation of the College. The College complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination.

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