Assistant Professor in Environmental Science or Ecology

Western Colorado University
Gunnison, CO
Job Category
Faculty Appointments
$54,000.00 - $59,000.00 Annually
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
POSITION: Western Colorado University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the Clark School of Environment and Sustainability. The position requires teaching up to 24 semester credits per academic year, with course reassign possible for mentoring graduate students and/or directing a Clark School academic program. Responsibilities also include academic advising, student recruitment, service to the university, and research. In an effort to increase Western’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI), this position is part of a DEI cluster search that involves the following departments: Accounting, Education, Outdoor Industry MBA, and Environment and Sustainability. DUTIES: Primary teaching responsibilities are lecture, lab, and field courses in Environment & Sustainability, Biology, and Environmental Science, emphasizing causes, consequences, adaptation, and mitigation of climate change (including undergraduate sections of introductory Environmental Biology, upper-division Environmental Monitoring, Science of Sustainability, graduate sections of Ecological Research Methods). The successful candidate will also mentor graduate students in the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and MS in Ecology programs and develop a relevant research program. Additional Information on Western and Gunnison/Crested Butte: Western Colorado University is a public institution with an enrollment of ~3,700 graduate and undergraduate students, the majority of which reside on the campus and in the community. With average class sizes of 17 students, faculty and staff share a strong commitment to inclusivity and personalized, immersive education. They are student-oriented, collegial, enthusiastic, and engaged in the campus and community. Western is committed to continual growth in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusivity and promotes participation in DEI initiatives from students, faculty, staff, and the community. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEI Committee charge. The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver and the gateway to Crested Butte, a world class ski community. K-12 students are served by the award-winning Gunnison Watershed School District. Both communities value the arts, quality of life, community-based wrap around services for children and adults, and continued personal growth and learning opportunities. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities including summer arts and music festivals, mountain biking, skiing, kayak/rafting, rock climbing, hiking and camping… all within minutes of the campus. Visit to learn more about the university. An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.
QUALIFICATIONS: A doctorate in environmental science, ecology, or an adjacent field. We are particularly interested in cross-trained candidates who bring research expertise in climate change-relevant fields, e.g., atmospheric science, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, climate modeling, or carbon sequestration. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to innovative, immersive, and inclusive undergraduate and graduate education and mentoring, and demonstrate excellence in teaching in both classroom and field settings. Applicants should also demonstrate capacity to connect under-represented students to environmental science research and careers. ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INFORMATION: SALARY: $54,000 - $59,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Added stipend of up to $15,000 possible for year-round service to Clark School graduate programs and community engagement strategies. Western offers an excellent benefits package including shared premiums for a comprehensive health insurance plan, dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and other insurance options. After one year of employment, Western provides free tuition for dependents enrolled full time in undergraduate programs for up to four years. APPLICATION: Apply online at Required attachments to the application include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement including areas of research interest and documented success in publishing research and obtaining research funding, a teaching statement addressing overall approach and particular areas of interest and expertise, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement describing the candidate’s actions consistent with increasing diversity, equity and inclusivity in the sciences, and academic transcripts. Because this search is part of a DEI cluster search, please include information about your experience with and commitment to DEI in your letter of application. Three letters of recommendation are also required; these must be submitted via email to Lindsay Dolezal, Please direct questions regarding the position to search committee chair, Dr. Jonathan Coop, Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Note: Official transcripts (unopened or delivered directly to HR) are required upon hire; copies/scans submitted during application will not serve the purpose of official transcripts upon hire.
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