Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice - Environmental Science

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Environmental Science-Ins

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Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Department of Environmental Science (ENVS) seeks an outstanding instructor for a new Career-Track (non-tenure eligible) Assistant Professor of Practice position to teach high-impact, inclusive in-person and online courses in the ENVS undergraduate and graduate curricula. Exceptional applicants with sufficient prior experience may be considered for associate or full rank.
ENVS has a strong need for a faculty member to develop, revitalize and teach new and existing courses as part of a growing portfolio of environmental science courses offered in multiple modalities (in-person, iCourse, & AZOnline). The individual in this position will be responsible for transforming and teaching ENVS courses that are instrumental to the undergraduate and graduate majors through advancement of pedagogical methods, online approaches, and collaborative technologies. With full support of the ENVS faculty, this individual will bring a dynamic presence to our instructional team to include our leading-edge focus on pedagogy and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental sciences. The successful candidate will develop and teach a new two-semester senior capstone series that will build upon the earlier coursework and apply new tools to emerging environmental problems. The individual will also revitalize the Environmental Monitoring course, and develop a new course on Energy, Environment and Society Nexus.
The position is 90% instruction and 10% service, which equates to teaching ca. 18 credits per year.
This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Re-design and transform existing course materials for high-quality, highly-accessible and inclusive, high-enrollment courses following Quality Matters.
  • Teach in-person and online courses about topics in Environmental Sciences.
  • Continuously update course offerings, so that they are increasingly inclusive and accessible and appeal to evolving students’ interests and careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Work closely with all faculty to maintain a synergistic and inclusive curriculum.
  • Oversee evaluations, assessment, and quality assurance of the course offerings.
    Research and adapt best practices for teaching in terms of technologies, pedagogies, and accessibility.
  • Engage in service both within and outside the department as directed by the Department Head.
    Lead field trips or other department instruction events that requires a valid driver's license.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in quantitative environmental characterization through scholarship, consulting, agency, or other “real-world” experience.
  • Scholarly experience of standard and innovative methods for environmental observation, sampling, and analysis.
  • An advanced degree (Ph.D.) with experience in instructional approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Driver License and Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Ph.D. in natural sciences (e.g., Environmental Science, Soil Science, Geology, Environmental Biology, or a related discipline such as Environmental Engineering).
•Experience in the design, development, and teaching of quality courses at the college/university level.
•Experience inspiring, engaging, and motivating diverse students.

Rank :

To be Determined

Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Joan Curry, Committee Chair
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Upload: Cover letter with background experience and interests; Curriculum Vitae; In the 'Additional Document slot' a Statement of teaching philosophy; In the 'Additional Document slot' a Statement describing prior experience with and interests in diversity, equity, and inclusion; In the 'Additional Document slot' Names and Contact Information for at least three professional references.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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