Assistant Professor Joint Appointment in Environment & Sustainability and Teacher Education

  • Fort Lewis College
  • Durango, CO
  • Apr 27, 2021
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education) Environmental Studies

Job Description

Position Summary
This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, faculty joint position in the Department of Environment & Sustainability and Department of Teacher Education. The teaching load is typically 21 credits per year (12 credits one semester, 9 credits the other semester) with course releases possible for the development of the new Environment & Climate Institute programming needs. Tenure-track Professors also mentor students, maintain an active scholarship program, and contribute to service to the department and college.

Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in Environmental Studies, interdisciplinary Environmental Science, Environmental Education,
  • Geography, Education, or related field by May 31, 2021.
  • Experience in Environmental Education at the secondary and post-secondary level.
  • Experience with school-based partnerships or background in secondary education teaching
  • Demonstrated record of environmental scholarship.
  • Ability and interest in teaching multiple courses in the natural and social sciences in the Department of Environment & Sustainability and the School of Education.
  • Evidence-based research experience and/or practice with science education that incorporates
  • gender equity and inclusive programming for underserved and minority populations.
  • Experience with field sampling methodologies and design of hands-on learning experiences in the field.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Work experience with student success, equity, and inclusion at the secondary or post-secondary level, with ability to differentiate for learners with a wide range of diverse learning needs
  • Experience with mobile learning labs (MLL)
  • Laboratory instruction experience
  • Knowledge of and work experience in the Four Corners region, its ecosystems, and people.
  • Interest and ability to teach concurrent college-level environmental science courses at a local or regional high school
  • Knowledge of STEM pedagogies in secondary education including guiding academic standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Background in climate change science and adaptation practices relevant to rural communities.
  • Experience developing coursework in various formats (in-person, online, hybrid, hy-flex, etc)
  • Demonstrated ability in curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Ability to conduct community and socioeconomic needs assessments.
  • Publications manuscripts, conference presentations, or public-facing outreach regarding
  • environmental and climate science.
Major Responsibilities
  • Teach college courses and concurrent college-level introductory environmental science courses at regional high schools
  • Ability and interest to teach the following courses: Introduction to Environmental Studies,
  • Introduction to Environmental Science, and upper-level courses in Environmental Education, Senior Capstone, and applicant's area of expertise. Courses will also be taught in the Teacher Education Department (e.g., science methods). Course load may also include graduate thesis supervision and advising.
  • Develop new environmental science-focused courses to be taught concurrently at regional high schools, exploring in-person, hybrid, and online course delivery formats
  • Design, develop, and teach environmental workshops, lead field work projects, and manage experiential learning sessions as part of course load, including on weekends and during the yearlong ECI program as needed
  • Work with peer mentors, high school instructors, and other academic personnel to deliver high
  • quality ECI educational experience
  • Ability to mentor undergraduate and high school research projects
  • Work with the ECI team and the academic units on:
    • Developing Student success program featuring skills module
    • Development of an on-campus environmental laboratory
    • Creation of Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) coursework that ties directly to work-based learning opportunities (e.g. job shadowing, consulting, internships, and apprenticeships).
    • The program has the end goal of skilled workforce entry and higher education matriculation, particularly to routes that stack to a degree in construction management.
    • The program features hands-on outdoor learning, success coaching, peer mentorship, and career exploration, all of which will be a part of the position and affiliated hires
  • Perform service-related activities within the department and the college.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success; work with broadly diverse communities.
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Work Conditions
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to teach and conduct research outside in Colorado environments.
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
Salary is $57,000 for this 9-month position, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position
  • Include details regarding how your course design and personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion. "How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College's commitment to equity and inclusion?"
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references
Submit materials as one PDF file via email to:
Application materials received by May 16, 2021, will receive full consideration.
Position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,
and pass a background check.

The College and the Community
Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education.

Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and
situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to
accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close
relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the
challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36%
Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a
thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging
300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive
atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in
dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff.

The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

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