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Program Director, Sustainability & Associate or Assistant Professor

Chatham University
Gibsonia, PA, USA

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  • Gibsonia, PA, USA
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    Program Director, Sustainability & Associate or Assistant Professor

    Chatham University is seeking a Program Director at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank to oversee its graduate and undergraduate degree programs in sustainability. This position reports to the Dean of Chatham's nationally recognized Falk School of Sustainability & Environment.

    The ideal candidate is an innovative educator and leader with both academic and applied experience in sustainability or related field. This individual has served as both an Assistant or Associate Professor at the university level and a practitioner of sustainability. This administrative faculty appointment provides a unique opportunity to accelerate the growth of the Falk School's cutting-edge academic programs. The role is central to the Falk School's mission of generating talented and passionate sustainability leaders to fill the increasing demand for sustainability expertise across corporate, government, nonprofit, and community settings. The position can be structured as either a 12-month or 10-month annual contract with compensation scaled accordingly.

    Reporting to the Dean, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, the selected candidate will:

    • Enhance the effectiveness of the Falk School's academic programs for educating the next generation of sustainability and climate leaders at the institution where Rachel Carson began her journey to spark the modern environmental movement.
    • Expand experiential learning opportunities for students via partnerships with businesses and community groups to hone real-world problem-solving skills.
    • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses within the Falk School in sustainability fields.
    • Identify and implement new methods for harnessing the full potential of Eden Hall Campus as a living, learning laboratory.

    Recruitment for this position is guided by a search advocate whose role is to foster a diverse and inclusive candidate pool. The search committee will utilize non-biased interviewing and evaluation techniques in the selection process. A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

    Chatham University strives to promote multicultural awareness, understanding and competencies within our community. We actively work to build and sustain an engaged, inclusive, diverse, and equitable campus culture, which in turn promotes employee and student satisfaction, retention, and success, both individually and collectively.

    Responsibilities & Duties:

    • Teach 12 credits per academic year in courses tied to sustainability.
    • Manage the Falk School's graduate and undergraduate academic degree programs in sustainability.
    • Supervise an interdisciplinary team of faculty with specializations across various aspects of sustainability.
    • Collaborate with the Dean and other faculty to develop and implement experiential learning opportunities for Falk School students.
    • Serve as an academic advisor to students.
    • Supervise students in thesis and capstone projects.
    • Engage in service to the University and to the broader community and sustainability profession.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Academic Training: PhD or other doctoral degree in a relevant field of sustainability including, but not limited to, public policy, data analysis, sustainable community development, renewable energy, climate change, natural resources, law, sustainable business administration, economics, sustainable finance, social marketing, or communications.
    • Professional Practice: At least three years of experience in professional practice in sustainability or related areas, in public, non-profit, or private sector settings.
    • Faculty Experience: University-level teaching experience including in traditional classroom settings, online, and practice-based settings, in sustainability or related areas.
    • Experience working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives.
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive and equitable campus community.
    • A high degree of emotional intelligence, excellent listening skills, cultivated patience for collaborative processes, and a positive, solution-oriented attitude regarding conflict and disagreement.

    Renewal and promotion follow Chatham standards for administrative faculty.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Associate Professor rank at current institution.
    • Experience with academic program coordination or administration.
    • Professional experience related to sustainability, climate change, renewable energy, natural resources management, or related fields.
    • Experience and strengths in diverse community engagements and partnerships, including collaborative project management.
    • Knowledge of and experience with the intersection of social justice issues and environmental sustainability in either professional or academic settings.

    To Apply:

    Chatham is committed to developing an inclusive campus community and encourage applications by members of historically underrepresented groups.

    Application materials should detail how your teaching and professional practice have supported the success of first-generation students and students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented.

    Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process. Applications received by October 7th will receive primary consideration. To ensure full consideration, applications should include all of the following:

      Cover letter addressing the qualifications of the positionCurriculum vitaeTeaching, research, and diversity statementsContact information for three professional references.
    All documents should be uploaded in the "Resume" section at the same time at the time of application.

    Chatham University offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for qualified employees and their dependents.

    About Chatham University:

    Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences, and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a "Best College" by U.S. News & World Report, and-as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of '29)-is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review.

    Chatham University


    About Chatham

    Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: health & sustainability; business & communication; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

    Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science & Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

    Accreditation The University is accredited by the:

    · Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

    · Pennsylvania Department of Education

    · Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Certification Program

    · Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

    · Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

    · American Chemical Society

    · American Psychology Association

    · Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    · Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

    · Council for Interior Design Accreditation

    · Council on Social Work Education

    · International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

    · Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council


    Mission Statement Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

    Student Life Students at Chatham University immerse themselves in academics, co-curricular activities, and city life here in Pittsburgh, PA. At Chatham University, you’ll find an academic and social environment where everyone, from professors in the classroom to strong alumnae/alumni networks to fellow students, cares about your future. The Office of Student Affairs at Chatham is committed to assisting students in becoming active members of the campus community through a variety of programs and services. Student Affairs staff members are here to help Chatham students stretch their imaginations, learn about themselves, discover the world, and achieve their aspirations. Chatham University has a lot in store for students outside the classroom.

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