Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

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College of Arts and Sciences
: Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

Stetson University invites applications from highly-motivated and energetic teacher-scholars for a one-year sabbatical replacement position in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies. This position involves undergraduate teaching, including supporting student research projects, an opportunity to develop research interests in collaboration with department and affiliated faculty, and engagement with the campus community on sustainability or international learning. Candidates with expertise in GIS, Cartography, Cultural Geography or Regional Studies, Food Studies, or Sustainability Studies are encouraged to apply. The Visiting Assistant Professor will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of faculty within the department and across campus to continue growing vibrant programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Health, and Sustainable Food Systems.  The VAP will also be encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary research and outreach opportunities through the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. by August 2018 in a discipline that supports Geography or Environmental Science and Studies, and those with expertise in GIS, Cartography, Cultural Geography or Regional Studies, Food Studies, or Sustainability Studies will be given close consideration. Applicants must be engaged at a national level in their discipline, and demonstrate experience in the classroom and interest in developing teaching skills in a liberal arts context.

The Visiting Assistant Professor will teach four courses per semester. These could include Introduction to Environmental Science, Introduction to Mapping and GIS, Cultural and Political Ecology, Environmental Geography of Latin America, Global Perspectives on Food Production or other upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.  The Visiting Assistant Professor will also engage with a bright and energetic cohort of junior and senior students in the development of their capstone projects.  Participation in departmental- and college-level meetings and events is also expected.  Visiting faculty are also encouraged to engage in professional development opportunities through the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence.

Candidates should demonstrate a passion for the highest quality of teaching. For more information on our expectations in teaching and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website:  

The Department:
The Department of Environmental Science and Studies ( is home to academic programs in Environmental Science with emphases in Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Chemistry, and Geospatial Analysis; and Environmental Studies with emphases in Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Art and Communication, and Cultural Geography. The Department plans to launch a new major program in Sustainable Food Systems in fall 2018, and will support the Public Health Program with a new concentration in Environmental Health. Five full-time faculty and three part-time faculty serve more than 90 student majors plus 250 additional students each year through general education offerings. All faculty and many students also participate in outreach and research opportunities through the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

The College of Arts and Sciences:
Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences ( is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts.  With nineteen academic departments and eight interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University.  A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars.  The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing.  Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, allowing students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship.  Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility.  All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community.  The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.

The University:
Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Elementary Education – Education for Social Justice, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 25,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

Salary:  Salary is competitive.

Starting Date:  August 13, 2018

Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration: 1) cover letter that includes a statement about the candidate's teaching and scholarly interests and experience in Geography or Environmental Science or Studies, and how they plan to use this position to develop as a teacher-scholar; 2) a philosophy of teaching and learning in a liberal learning environment; 3) curriculum vitae, 4) transcripts (copies are acceptable for screening); and 5) three letters of recommendation – at least one should include an evaluation of the candidate’s ability to facilitate student learning. Candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion.

All information may be submitted electronically to the Search Committee at [email protected].  While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to:

Wendy Anderson, Ph.D., Chair, Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee
Department of Environmental Science and Studies
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8401
DeLand, FL 32723

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

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.




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Posted: 1/18/2018
Application Due: 3/19/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Salary is competitive