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