Lead Instructor

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Faculty/Instruction
Functional Areas: Research Institutes and Labs
Department: Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC)
Requisition Number: 12890
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

At its core, the program explores the intersection of sustainability science and social inclusion, so the ideal candidate would have a professional foundation that draws from both of these dimensions. An interest in community-based, trans-disciplinary research on topics under the umbrella of sustainability, particularly related to food, energy, water security, is also preferred; however, this is not an absolute requirement. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. This is a two-year position, with possibility for extension based on funding.

Who We Are

The Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) is a new program, funded by the National Science Foundation. We train and support rising young professionals in sustainability and innovation from diverse back grounds, disciplines and worldviews. GSS seeks to recruit second-year undergraduate students from the United States, who are interested in sustainability and to offer them a three-year paid summer experience and a broad international professional network. During the summers students will be supported to travel abroad, conduct research, and build their professional network. The first cohort of students will focus on the nexus between food, water, and energy and the global sustainability development goals.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead and support the first GSS cohort of students, developing curriculum focused on food Energy, Water Sustainability issues for an undergraduate experiential education program which operates a three summer (6-8 weeks each summer) field course in the US and abroad;
  • Cultivate international research partnerships and maintain collaborations for student research experiences.
  • Work with Director and Co-director to design the student recruitment strategy, including application and selection process, as well as develop outreach to potential partners and funders that serve to expand the impact of the program.
    • Prepare and deliver content for onsite learning and field exercises.
    • Facilitate learning experiences between stake holders and scholars.
    • Execute field logistic.
    • Provide academic mentoring and advising on professional development to students.
  • Develop follow-up modules that complement the first year curriculum.
  • Assist in identifying partner Collaborative Research Action teams.
  • Work closely with the GSS coordinator and international Research teams (aka Collaborative Research Action) teams in arranging field logistics related to travel, lodging, meals, and other matters during visits to research sites.
  • Establish monthly mentor check-ins with students before and after the course.
  • Contribute to program evaluation and reporting.
  • Create (formally or informally) a positive learning environment for students.
  • Oversee course budget.
  • Oversee one-two GSS Fellows who will be assisting the program.

What You Should Know

The position requires significant travel abroad, and a high degree of comfort living in close quarters to students (during the summer course) and interacting across different cultures. The instructor will report to the Director of GSS. More information of GSS is available here: https://www.gsscholar.org/

What We Can Offer

Commensurate with experience and education (up to $60,000 ).


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be Collaborative. Be Innovative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • MSc or PhD, in a discipline that is connected with sustainability is welcome
    • (e.g. Applied Anthropology, Education, Ecology, Policy, Engineering Environmental Sciences, Agriculture)
  • Strong background in fundamentals of sustainability science and/or environmental justice.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience teaching undergraduate field courses and mentoring undergraduates.
  • Demonstrated experience with a diverse pool of students and cultures, including but not limited to under-represented minorities and first-generation students.
  • Safe driving record and the ability to safely drive a van long distances across varying terrain.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel abroad for extensive periods of time during the months of June through August.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Current CV/Resume
  2. Cover Letter, no more than 2 pages of text, stating stating what strengths you would bring to serving as an instructor in an interdisciplinary field course focused on the intersection of sustainability and inclusion, as well as your strengths and background relevant to the specific activities outlined in the position and course description.
  3. List of 2 References (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching abilities and work in a field setting.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For priority consideration, apply by September 30, 2018.

Posting Contact Name: Kirsten Rowell

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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