JOB – Two-Year Position in Environmental Studies

University of Minnesota MorrisThe University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education to fill a temporary, two-year position in environmental studies, beginning August 12, 2013.  We are especially interested in applicants who have broad interdisciplinary training that spans the social sciences and humanities, including in environmental philosophy, and who can enhance our growing environmental studies major.  Responsibilities include a six-course (24-credit) teaching load per year, including an introductory environmental problems and policy course, which is integral to both environmental studies and environmental science majors, and additional lower- and upper-division course in area(s) of expertise.  Additional duties may include: advising undergraduates, pursuing a research program that may involve undergraduates, and sharing in the governance and advancement of the environmental studies program, the candidate’s home discipline, and the campus at large.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to help build and develop our environmental studies program, as well as to participate in any of the sustainability initiatives that are well underway at UMM.  These include: a strong local foods initiative, LEED certified buildings including the Green Prairie Living and Learning Community (under construction), composting, and growing self-sufficiency in campus heating, cooling, and electricity via wind, biomass and solar technologies.  Other advantages of this position include: a small college lifestyle and access to the University of Minnesota’s research support, libraries, and information technology.

About the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) is a residential public liberal arts college serving about 1900 students. As one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, the Morris campus is located 160 miles west of Minneapolis in the rural community of Morris, MN.  UMM is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 10 Best Public Liberal Arts College. The student body is talented, diverse and engaged.  The UMM student body is one of the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system with 2O% students of color (13% are American Indian students) and a growing international student population. The college values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff.  The college is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the classroom and research experience at the University.

Application Procedure

Required qualifications for the position include: i) ABD in environmental studies or related field and ii) successful college-level teaching experience (graduate TA experience is acceptable).  Preferred qualifications include: i) Ph.D. in environmental studies or related field, ii) experience teaching or studying at a liberal arts institution, iii) experience teaching GIS, iv) interest in and ability to supervise undergraduate research and v) we are especially interested in applicants who have broad interdisciplinary training that spans the social sciences and humanities.

Qualified candidates must apply online using the University of Minnesota Employment System at must contain: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement (which includes teaching goals and methods, proposed elective course offerings, and evidence of teaching effectiveness), copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference.  Additional supporting documents may be emailed directly to Ann Kolden. Via regular mail, please send application to: Environmental Studies Search Committee Chair, University of Minnesota Morris, Division of Science and Mathematics, 600 E. 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267. 

Position open until filled; application review begins April 15, 2013.

For other communications, please contact Dr. Margaret Kuchenreuther, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator.