[ES_JOBS_NET] University of Vermont Associate/Full Professor position: Director of Environmental Program

Rachelle Gould rgould at uvm.edu
Sun Jan 3 20:09:27 MST 2016

Dear ES-JOBS folks,


The University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is hiring a new Director for our Environmental Program. I’ve just joined the School and Program, and am impressed with the depth, breadth, and diversity of scholarship here. I’m loving it! Please spread the announcement below (and attached) far and wide.


Rachelle Gould | Assistant Professor | Sustainability and Global Equity

Rubenstein School of Natural Resources | University of Vermont



Director of the Environmental Program, University of Vermont – Associate / Full Professor 


The University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources invites

applications from outstanding candidates for the position of Director of the Environmental

Program.  The position carries the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. We seek a

recognized scholar to provide vision and leadership that will enhance the Environmental

Program’s excellence; the Director will also continue to pursue scholarly activities of the highest

quality in his/her field of study. We offer the prospect of joining UVM’s vibrant campus-wide

community of environmental scholars, as well as opportunities to contribute to the University’s

renowned focus on environmental issues and research. Scholars with a terminal degree in the

ecological sciences, in natural / physical sciences, in social sciences, arts and humanities, or in

interdisciplinary environmental studies, and demonstrated leadership experience, are welcome to



Founded in 1972, UVM’s Environmental Program (http://www.uvm.edu/envprog/) is among the

oldest environmental studies curricula in the country, and is one of the most prominent majors on

campus. The Program’s Director oversees an undergraduate Environmental Studies major and

minor, about 500 students in all, housed within three campus units: the College of Agriculture

and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Rubenstein School of Environment

and Natural Resources. The Environmental Program is known for its emphasis on sustainability

education, global environmental equity, and social and environmental justice, and it supports

high impact educational practices through independent student research, experiential learning,

and community engagement. 


A candidate for the position of Director of the Environmental Program is expected to have a

strong record of achievement in scholarly research and publication. The candidate should also

have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience working across disciplines and

perspectives, a background that includes teaching and advising at the university level, and strong

communication and collaboration skills. As the leader of the Environmental Program, the

Director will articulate a vision for transformative undergraduate learning, inaugurate innovative

practices of sustainability education and collaborative learning, and sustain and strengthen

connections with other environmentally-oriented programs at UVM.  


As administrator, the Director will be responsible for faculty mentoring, curriculum and program

planning, budgeting, and related activities. This is a 9-month tenured faculty position in the

Rubenstein School, and reports to its Dean.  The Director will devote approximately half time to

program leadership, and half to research and teaching. The current leadership model includes an

interim Associate Director who is a member of the Environmental Program faculty, and who

assists the Director with day-to-day administrative responsibilities. Two additional staff support

student services within the program.


The mission of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

(http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/) is to understand, nurture, and enrich interdependence between

people and healthy ecological systems. The School’s tenure track, research, and teaching faculty

includes social and natural scientists, arts and humanities scholars, and planners and designers

who engage an array of environmental problems and challenges. With about 600 undergraduate

students and 100 graduate students, the Rubenstein School offers six undergraduate majors and

programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. 


The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, and is situated between the Green and

Adirondack Mountains, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Founded in 1791, UVM is a public

land-grant institution. It is ranked tenth best Green College in the country by The Princeton

Review and one of the top public universities in the country by US News and World Report. 

Burlington is consistently rated as one of the most desirable U.S. cities in which to live. The area

is rich in cultural and recreational activities. The University of Vermont is an equal opportunity

employer; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the

diversity and excellence of our academic community.  


Applications should be filed electronically at www.uvmjobs.com under position number 005878.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitæ, and the names and contact

information for three to five referees who will provide letters of reference upon request.

Applicants should also submit a statement (one page maximum) that responds to two questions: 


In our changing world, what are the key opportunities and challenges facing undergraduate

environmental studies programs today? What will define UVM’s Program to be among the

foremost environmental studies programs in the future?


Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is

filled. We anticipate a start date of July 1, 2016. Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Patricia A.

Stokowski, Chair, Environmental Program Director Search Committee (802-656-3093;

Patricia.Stokowski at uvm.edu).


The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications

from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and

cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter

information about how they will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic



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