Lecturer in Environmental Studies

University of North Carolina-Asheville

Asheville, NC, US

The University of North Carolina Asheville Department of Environmental Studies invites applications for a Lecturer in Natural Resource Management to begin Fall 2020. This is a two-year position contingent upon a successful year one review. The teaching requirement includes 12 contact hours per semester (24 contact hours per academic year) in the area of Natural Resource Management, where major course responsibilities will include Soil Science, Agriculture, Energy and Society, and Introduction to Environmental Science. The successful candidate must hold an M.S. or Ph.D. in Soil Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related field. Familiarity with southern Appalachian soils, ecosystems, and agricultural practices is especially desired.

UNC Asheville is a leading public liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to teaching. It is the designated liberal arts university of the UNC system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The faculty at UNC Asheville teach across our required interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum, in courses that include first-year seminars; diversity intensive courses; courses that engage scientific perspectives, the intersection of arts and ideas, and a central component of the curriculum—our Humanities Program.

Furthermore, UNCA has been and continues to be a national leader in undergraduate research. Over 60% of our students graduate each year having been engaged in this important learning experience and the University embraces the mentoring of undergraduate research as one of the highest forms of teaching. This commitment makes it essential for all faculty to be engaged in the current trends of their disciplines and this is demonstrated in the outstanding research and scholarship produced by the faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester, engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession, and ideally work with our students in some area of the discipline specific to their expertise. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNCA is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be excited to engage a diverse community of learners, including first­ generation college students and students from under-represented groups and/or under-resourced high schools, through varied, innovative, and student-focused pedagogies.

Applicants should submit the following electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu :
• Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and why you are a fit for our institution, your teaching philosophy, and a description of your scholarly interests and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
• Curriculum Vitae
• Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and c) your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
• References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Irene Rossell, Chair of the Environmental Studies Department ([email protected]).

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.


An M.S. or Ph.D. degree is required. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that he or she has the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; and function professionally in a highly collaborative and increasingly diverse organization.





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