Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Science

Willamette University

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Position Summary:

Willamette University invites applicants for a one-year (2023-2024) non-tenure-track full-time position in Environmental Science at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2023 and running through May 2024. Area of specialty is open but should be based within the social sciences.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will teach 6 courses per year and participate in departmental service and activities. The VAP will teach or co-teach multiple sections of ENVS 120: Social Systems and the Environment, as well as upper-division environmental science courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will have broad interdisciplinary training in an area that is flexible but may include: natural hazards, natural resources, urban ecology, marine science and policy, water resources, hydrology, agriculture, or energy.

Willamette is a small, highly selective private university of 2500 students, 1300 of whom are enrolled in the undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences, which is committed to providing students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. Willamette believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence; accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to become outstanding teachers and scholars, but whose work also furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. The College of Arts & Sciences is proud to enroll a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past four years, 24% of our students were first-generation; 24% were Pell-eligible; and 33% identified as African American, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline, and an environmental focus. ABD with teaching experience considered.
  • Must be able to reside in or primarily work in Oregon by the first day of employment. This is an in-person teaching position. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the “My Experience” section labeled Resume:

  • Letter of application describing your interest and qualifications for the position, with a description of courses you could teach within the program; 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, including an explanation of how you guide students toward specific learning objectives;
  • A brief statement (500 words or less) describing ways you can contribute to the university’s mission of promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus;
  • Unofficial copy of graduate transcripts.
  • Finalists will be asked to provide a recorded teaching demonstration and letters of recommendation

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.





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