JOB – Director of the Upper Mississippi River Center and Asst./Assoc. Prof. of Environ. Studies

Augustana College,*Rock Island, IL* invites applications for a new, full-time, tenure-track appointment.  The position combines directing a new center and teaching in the environmental studies program.  As director of the Upper Mississippi River Center, the successful candidate will draw upon the liberal arts focus of the college to establish a new interdisciplinary center for intellectual and cultural pursuits of the region.  The UMRC will be an incubator for the multitude of opportunities to enrich the life of the Augustana community and beyond.  Initially, the director will:

  1. Work  with an advisory committee to shape the mission and scope of the center
  2. Create a public presence for the center
  3. Increase UMRC visibility, regionally and nationally, by working collaboratively with local agencies, businesses, and existing campus resources
  4. Develop a signature symposium or conference that features numerous departments across campus and along with guest lecturers Facilitate curricular and co-curricular offerings focused on the history, culture, and physical science of the Upper Mississippi River region
  5. Apply for external grants to support the work of the UMRC with the intent of becoming self-sustaining within 3-5 years

With tenure-track appointment as an experienced assistant or associate professor, this individual will also teach three courses annually, such as an introductory-level course on the environment, a course in our first-year liberal studies sequence, or other elective courses in the candidates area
of expertise.  Additional duties may include: supervising internships for the Environmental Studies major, advising undergraduates, pursuing a research program that involves undergraduates, mentoring senior inquiry projects, and sharing in the advancement of the Environmental Studies program, the candidates home discipline, and the campus at large.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in and add to ongoing campus environmental and sustainability initiative.

Required qualifications for the position include:

  1. PhD in environmental studies/policy or a related field (e.g. American studies, cultural geography, environmental anthropology, environmental philosophy, etc.)
  2. successful college-level teaching experience
  3. evidence of a promising research agenda and an interest in and ability to supervise undergraduate research administrative experience and the potential to direct a center.

 We anticipate a fall, 2012 start for the position with the exact date negotiable.  Details about Augustana, our expectation of the faculty, the selection process and the Quad Cities all are available at the Faculty Search website:

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (copies are fine), summary of administrative roles and accomplishments, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, writing sample (preferably a publication),  and three letters of
recommendation to: Search #121-12 UMRC/Env. Studies, C/O Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL  61201. 

Questions may be directed Dr. Ellen Hay, Director of the Community Engagement Center, at, phone: 309.794.8614.  Application review will begin on July 10, 2012.