Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values

Kenya, Africa
Jun 03, 2014
Institutional Mission: SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship. Center Objective: The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies (CWMS) maintains field stations in northern Tanzania in Rhotia near Lake Manyara National Park and in southern Kenya in Kimana. We operate programs simultaneously at both field stations, and students switch from one station to the other mid-semester. The Center is committed to providing educational and research opportunities to visiting students while collaborating with local stakeholders on setting the research agenda and sharing research outcomes. We operate year-round, delivering two semester and two summer programs. The Center strives to make a meaningful contribution to the effective management of wildlife and regional ecosystems, and towards the rural development opportunities for local communities. The Center research activities are carried out in four thematic areas: wildlife and range conditions, land reform and land use change, water resources, and communities and tourism. Position Summary: Serve as part of a residential team of faculty and staff that delivers an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning experience to visiting students On an annual basis, teach the course Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values during two semester programs, and teach one-third of the summer course, Community Wildlife Management Lead designated components of the Center's Five-year Research Plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student Directed Research projects related to these research lines Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values Course Overview: As one of three disciplinary courses taught in SFS-CWMS, the Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values course is designed at a third-year university level to explore the social, cultural, economic and political context of the relationship between people and wildlife. The theoretical underpinnings draw on principles from human ecology, ecological anthropology, micro-and macroeconomics, development theory, philosophy and law. To understand present and future wildlife management in Kenya, this course examines influences of traditional attitudes, land tenure regimes and policy framework, international influences, economic conditions, natural resource potentials and constraints, and regulation on human-wildlife interactions. Applicants are encouraged to review the course syllabi and programs descriptions on the SFS website: Duties and Responsibilities Program As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one-third of the academic program (minimum 50 lecture hours per semester, 15 per summer program) Plan, revise, and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and professional manner Adhere to the daily academic schedule Prepare, administer, and grade assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations Supervise and mentor a student research group in Directed Research projects Mentor field assistants Actively support and counsel students on academic issues Maintain records of lectures, exams, quizzes, readings, field experiences and homework assignments Research Conduct designated research according to the center's Five-year Research Plan Identify appropriate components of the center's research plan suitable for student Directed Research projects Prepare research results for clients and partners and for publication and conference presentations Assist in the creation and implementation of center research policies, priorities, budgets as required Follow data management, record keeping, and reporting systems Present research findings at local and international conferences (budget dependent) Administration Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period In cooperation with other center staff, provide day-to-day coordination of interns as delegated by the Center director Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems Participate in preparation of the final reports, academic handbook revisions and other required reports As requested by the center director, assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks Safety & Risk Management Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the center faculty/staff team, for the safety of all program participants Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks Know the emergency procedures plan for the center, including evacuation plan Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff Complete incident reports when appropriate Comply with, actively model, and enforce all SFS and center policies and procedures Ensure that first-aid certifications are kept up to date Daily Center Life Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, center upkeep projects, social and field activities Drive standard transmission vehicles Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and center policies and procedures Reports to: SFS-CWMS Kenya Center Director, supported by the SFS Office of Academic Affairs Location: Kimana, Kenya Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. (strongly preferred) and university-level teaching experience in Human Ecology, Environmental Economics, Rural Development, or similar field Experience living and working in Kenya with appropriate language skills (English, Kiswahili) Excellent communication in English Field research experience in rural development or related field in East Africa Demonstrated ability to work as part of a teaching or research team Research publications Demonstrated commitment to environmental and conservation issues Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience working to serve local stakeholders Student group management and risk management experience Proven track record of grant writing success Current first aid certification Other Expectations: Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station during program periods with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers Participation in all Center activities, including meals and community outreach Represent SFS at local and international meetings and conferences At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community Start Date: August 6, 2014 Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and will be paid in Kenya shillings equivalent. A comprehensive benefits package and on-site room and board is included. To Apply: Review the program descriptions and course syllabus at Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online at Equal Opportunity Employer. Inquiries about the position may be directed to CWMS Center Director Dr. Moses Okello at