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The School of Environment & Sustainability at Western Colorado University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in environment and sustainability. Specifically seeking candidates with special expertise on diversity and inclusion in regional, national, and global environmental movements. Responsibilities may include directing the 25-year old, 150-student undergraduate Environment & Sustainability program; mentoring Master’s Projects; recruiting for undergraduate and graduate programs; co-conducting an intensive residency for all Master in Environmental Management students each summer; preparing students for sustainability careers, and general service to initiatives across campus. Successful candidates will teach 12-24 (depending upon leadership roles) annual credits of graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental sociology, environmental policy, environmental history (our approach to introductory environment and sustainability), environmental justice, and sustainable community project management.



This is a 12-month commitment, with summer stipend as long as MEM enrollment stays strong. Summer stipend is on top of a base salary of $50,000-$55,000 depending on experience. Extra stipends possible for Summer School of ENVS service and MEM teaching. Benefits include an employee/employer shared contribution retirement plan and life and health insurance. After one year of employment, dependents qualify for tuition waivers to attend Western. Renewal contingent upon excellent performance.

START DATE: July 2019


Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or Sustainability Studies (or related degree) with an interdisciplinary focus on environmental movements required before July 1, 2019.

Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to:
• academic leadership of undergraduate programs
• community-based pedagogy,
• interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving,
• experiential and professional education,
• classroom, online, and blended learning,
• excellence in teaching and mentoring

Preference given to candidates with academic and community-based expertise in social movements focused on environmental, energy, and food justice. Preference is given to those who can contribute to the Sociology program and add to the School of ENVS’ vast global network of community-based environmental and social justice organizations. Ability to teach online is a preferred qualification.


To apply, please go to and use our online application. Required attachments to online application include a letter of application outlining applicant’s interest in the position, three letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and academic transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment.

Please refer all questions to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jeff Sellen (

Screening of applications will begin January 15 and will continue until the position is filled.


Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. It is a student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged campus and community. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western is also an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement and our DEII Committee charge. The university is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides significant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit  to learn more about the university.

Western State Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.

Information on the School of ENVS can be found at

Please also see Western’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity:

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