Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability

Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability

The School of Environment & Sustainability at Western Colorado University seeks an interdisciplinary applied scientist for a tenure track position directing our Master in Environmental Management (MEM) in Sustainable & Resilient Communities (SRC) program while focusing on collaborative strategies for regional, national, and global climate actions. 

Information on the School of ENVS can be found at
Please see Western's DEII commitment:


Responsibilities include teaching graduate courses in the MEM Core including the Science of Climate Mitigation & Adaptation, teaching relevant graduate electives and 1-2 relevant courses per year in the Environment and Sustainability undergraduate major; mentoring Master's students; actively recruiting for the undergraduate and graduate programs; co-conducting two intensive residencies for MEM students each summer; and general campus service. Successful candidates will teach 12-24 (depending upon leadership roles) annual credits.



Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Environmental or Sustainability Studies, or a relevant field with an interdisciplinary focus on inclusive climate action planning and implementation required before July 1, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to and evidence of:

  • program building, fund-raising, and professional networks for the SRC MEM,
  • community-based pedagogy,
  • a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity,
  • transdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving,
  • experiential and professional education,
  • excellence in teaching in the classroom, online, and with blended learning,
  • mentoring

Preference given to candidates with experience bringing multiple forms of diversity to sustainability programs and organizations. Experience teaching online, hybrid courses, or other forms of blended learning is a preferred qualification.



SALARY/BENEFITS:    Base salary ranges from $50,000-$55,000. This is a 12-month commitment, with $15,000-$16,500 summer stipend on top of base salary. 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.
START DATE:              July 1, 2020

APPLICATION:             To apply, please use the online application at  Required attachments include a letter of application outlining the applicant's interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and academic transcripts.  Please also include a statement of values as they relate to your understanding and commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and/or justice in higher education. 
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment.
In addition, have three letters of recommendation sent to
Please refer all questions to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jeff Sellen (   
Screening of applications will begin January 20, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,400 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 Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.

  • Application deadline: Jan 20, 2020
  • Western Colorado University
  • School of Environment & Sustainability
  • Gunnison, Colorado
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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