Assistant Professor of Sustainability

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences/ Interdisciplinary Studies and Sustainability Program

The Department of Humanities and the Interdisciplinary Studies program invite applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Sustainability. Duties include supporting the undergraduate Sustainability program in the Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD) major, facilitating service learning and senior portfolio courses, teaching sustainability topics, and teaching other courses as needed. Additionally, faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies are required to advise students, and to collaborate on the ongoing development of our Interdisciplinary Studies majors. A strong candidate can present academic expertise in the areas of food, water, energy, social justice and/or other related fields, with a preference for expertise in Agro-ecology or food systems. The program is looking for a demonstrated commitment to, and experience with, undergraduate teaching and community service learning.

Note: We are looking for an instructor with experience in facilitating hands-on student project learning in the field of Sustainability. We encourage applicants who can demonstrate particularly effective teaching skills, and who have significant experience coordinating student internships and projects with non-profits, international groups, governmental agencies, schools, and other local entities.

Position Summary:

The Sustainability Faculty Instructor will report to the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Chair of the Humanities Department. He/ She is responsible for teaching a 4/4 course load. Courses are primarily within the Interdisciplinary and Sustainability Programs, with other courses as determined with the supervisor in the Science and/or Business Departments. The instructor will also help facilitate Service Learning and Senior Project coaching seminar courses. With support from the Interdisciplinary Studies Chair, the instructor is also responsible for planning future courses, advising INTD/ SUST students, creating a vision for the major, and developing community relationships and partnerships. This position also includes managing the SNC greenhouse throughout the academic year. It may also involve researching, applying for, and managing grants.

  • Teach a 4/4 course load during the academic year;
  • Meet weekly with Interdisciplinary Studies chair;
  • Participate in faculty development, bimonthly faculty council meetings, and Interdisciplinary Studies and Humanities department meetings;
  • Participate and score for Interdisciplinary Studies student events;
  • Manage the SNC greenhouse and outdoor garden projects for academic, research and co-curricular goals;
  • Develop hands-on projects for Sustainability students, teaching experimentation, data analysis, and systems based thinking;
  • Advise INTD Sustainability major students (with support and training from INTD chair);
  • Develop and maintain community partnerships for the INTD/ Sustainability Program;
  • Develop and implement the INTD/ Sustainability program vision (with support and training from INTD chair);
  • A minimum of Master’s degree in Agro-ecology or other Sustainability/ Environmental Science field;
  • Significant experience teaching at the undergraduate level;
  • Significant experience managing a greenhouse, other teaching-focused agricultural system, or other sustainability-related system related to energy, water, food, waste etc.
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge and skills across Agro-ecology, the Social Sciences, Social Sustainability, Business and Economics, and other sciences;
  • Ability to speak comfortably and effectively in the classroom and in public presentations;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and to complete grant requirements;
  • Ability to adapt teaching and programming based on student, program and admission needs;
  • An open, collaborative, collegial style.

Start Date: January 2019 or August 2019, depending on the candidate.
Reports to: Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies
Pay Range: Compensation Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive Health, Vision, Dental, Retirement, Vacation and Sick Benefits
Position Classification: Full-time, exempt
Other: Fingerprint check required as a condition of employment.

To Apply:

Please upload your resume, cover letter, list of at least three professional references, and any other documentation to our online application. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

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Sierra Nevada College is an Equal Opportunity Employer