Assistant or Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Western Colorado University

Gunnison, CO

Job Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability

Organization: Western Colorado University

Type of opportunity: The School of Environment & Sustainability at Western Colorado University seeks applicants for a tenure track position focusing on collaborative approaches to land management and social-ecological resilience, while directing our five-year-old Master in Environmental Management (MEM) in Integrative and Public Land Management (IPLM) program. Responsibilities include teaching graduate courses in our MEM Core, relevant graduate electives, and 1-2 courses per year in the Environment and Sustainability undergraduate major; mentoring Master’s Projects; actively recruiting for undergraduate and graduate programs; co-conducting an intensive residency for all MEM students each summer; and general campus service. Successful candidates will teach 4-6 courses per academic year (depending upon leadership roles), in addition to Master’s Project mentoring and the two-week Summer intensive.

Contact: Please refer all questions to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jessica Young (

Desired qualifications: Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or relevant field with an interdisciplinary focus on environmental management required before July 1, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to:

  • Program development: entrepreneurial approaches to recruiting, stakeholder alliances, community partnerships, fundraising, and professional networks, community-based pedagogy, transdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving, experiential and professional education, excellence in classroom, online, and blended teaching and mentoring

Preference given to candidates with a strong desire to direct a master’s program track. Preference also given to candidates with academic and community-based expertise in the transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge.

Start and end dates: July 1, 2020 (Full-time position)

Salary/pay: 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. Renewal contingent upon excellent performance.

How to apply: 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, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and academic transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment

Application deadline: Screening of applications will begin September 1 and will continue until the position is filled.