The Departments of Environmental Studies and Religion at St. Olaf College invite applications for a full-time, jointly-appointed, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 15, 2018.
The successful candidate will contribute to curricular and scholarly activity exploring the relationships between religion and the environment, and will be expected to teach:
core courses in environmental studies;
elective courses in environmental arts and humanities;
courses addressing Christian theology and the environment (potentially in conversation with other theological traditions); and
environmental concerns within the Bible, as it has been interpreted in different times and places.
The individual will provide vision and leadership within the arts and humanities area of environmental studies, and vision and leadership within the field of theology and the environment in religion. Candidates who give scholarly attention to the ways that these areas intersect with environmental racism and marginalized communities are especially encouraged. We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the departments' commitment to increasing access and opportunities for peoples currently under-represented in the area of Environmental Studies and Religion.
Candidates must show potential for teaching excellence in a liberal arts setting and have the ability to teach at all levels in the undergraduate environmental studies and religion curricula.
Additional desirable qualifications include: completion of a Ph.D. in a relevant subject area prior to September 2018, postdoctoral research experience, and previous teaching experience. We are particularly interested in candidates who can develop courses and scholarly contributions that connect the two departments.
The successful candidate will have responsibilities in three main areas.
Teaching. Teach core courses at all levels in the environmental studies and religion curricula, develop courses fulfilling the Biblical and Theological Studies general education requirements, offer courses in the environmental arts and humanities, and serve as an academic advisor to undergraduate students. The normal teaching load is six course-equivalents per year, divided evenly between the two departments. After the first year each faculty member takes on student advising responsibilities. Potential for teaching in a St. Olaf learning community, such as the Environmental Conversations, is valued.
Scholarship. Develop an active and innovative scholarly career which pursues intersections of religion and the environment from an arts and humanities perspective. In addition to independent scholarship the College encourages and recognizes faculty who engage in research, inquiry, and creative practice that lend themselves to collaborative engagement with its undergraduate students.
Service. Enhance organizational effectiveness and community life through service to both departments and the college.
a cover letter introducing yourself and describing your interest in and qualifications for the position.
a current curriculum vitae.
a statement of teaching which includes your teaching interests, ideas about pedagogical approaches, and reflection on experience you have had.
a statement of research interests, both your own and those with potential to be carried out in collaboration with St. Olaf undergraduates.
unofficial transcripts from graduate level work.
names and email addresses for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship. Recommendation letters will be solicited from references by the search committee after an initial round of screening.
Evaluation of completed applications will begin on September 15, 2017. Our intention is to conduct finalist interviews in December and fill the position by early January 2018. Candidates invited to campus for an interview will be asked to submit a written 1-2 page reflection on the College's mission.
Inquiries about the position are welcome. If you have any questions or need assistance with the applications process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Responses will come from Paul Jackson, search committee chair.
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.
A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.
To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.
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