University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Department of Plant and Earth Science Assistant Professor of Conservation and Environmental Planning
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; and Education and Professional Studies
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The University of Wisconsin–River Falls invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Conservation and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track undergraduate teaching position that will support the Conservation and Environmental Planning program in the Plant and Earth Science Department. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge and abilities in areas of natural resources management, and environmental planning. The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic and multidisciplinary department that includes majors in Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Conservation and Environmental Planning, Environmental Science, and Geology with opportunities to collaborate among other disciplines in CAFES.
Teaching and research facilities include newly renovated state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory spaces, greenhouse facility, as well as a 475-acre multi-enterprise livestock and crop laboratory farm. The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic and multidisciplinary department that includes majors in Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Conservation and Environmental Planning, and Geology with opportunities to collaborate among other disciplines in CAFES. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision, and other funding sources. More information about the college and department can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/
Appointment date: August 27, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Instructing environmental planning, site planning, meeting facilitation, land use law, environmental policy, and other classes dependent on expertise and departmental needs, including introductory courses in natural resources management
Designing, developing, and establishing courses in environmental planning, natural resources management and other courses dependent on expertise and program needs
Participating in the development of a dynamic program and curriculum
Incorporating a range of hands-on, field-based teaching activities into coursework
Developing and instruction of selected on-line courses or course sections
Engaging in scholarly activity. Such activities are broadly defined and may include the scholarship of teaching, the scholarship of research, or similar activities.
Participating in faculty governance and service activities at the departmental, college, and university levels.
Serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students and co-curricular advisor to student organizations and clubs, potential internships, and mentor undergraduate research within the department
Remaining actively involved in professional activities relevant to the position
PhD. in Environmental Planning, Land Use Law, Natural Resources Management, or a related discipline, ABD candidates may be considered for a conditional appointment with preferred completion date by date of hire, but no later than end of December, 2018
Areas of expertise: environmental planning, natural resources planning, natural resources management, and related fields
Strong interest in and ability to teach lecture, laboratory, hybrid, and/or other types of undergraduate courses
Strong interest in and ability to advise and mentor undergraduate students on an individual basis
Strong interest in and ability to advise co-curricular activities such as student clubs and organizations, internships, and/or undergraduate research
Experience in at least one area of environmental planning and/or natural resources management. The experience could be focused in areas such as environmental or natural resources planning, community planning, or environmental consulting.
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty in related disciplines
Documented history of, or potential for, successful environmental planning, land use law, natural resources management, and/or adaptation planning instruction at the undergraduate level
Training and/or teaching experience in the area of climate change adaptation
AICP or equivalent certification
Experience with, or potential for, undergraduate research
Record of, or potential for, pertinent scholarly activity
Significant professional experience, such as environmental planning, or work with environmental or planning agencies
Ability to participate in the development of an evolving program
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (Cover Letter)
A three-part statement, not to exceed 3 pages, covering
your primary and secondary teaching interests, experience in classroom, and any evidence of successful teaching at the college level
your environmental planning and/or natural resources management experience, and
your applied research and scholarly activity agenda. (Other Document)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (References).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Eric Sanden, Search Committee Chair Department of Plant and Earth Science email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by January 21, 2018. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university's strategic focus on international education and partnerships encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the development of a global perspective and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships, both local and global.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
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