Position Description: Environmental Studies, an interdisciplinary department in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, seeks applicants with expertise in U.S. environmental policy for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position that will begin on 16 August 2016.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in environmental policy/administration, environmental law, environmental studies, natural resources management, or a related discipline. The successful candidate must be able to teach two specific graduate courses on U.S. environmental policy (ENS 581 Environmental Policy & Analysis and ENS 587 Natural Resources: Policy and Administration). Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach courses on environmental law and NEPA; some familiarity with international policy is desirable. The remainder of the course load will be a to-be-determined combination of core courses for our majors and topics in the successful applicant’s area of interest. Teaching load (three courses per spring and fall semester) will consist of a combination of on-campus and online courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Summer teaching may be done but is not required. This position will perform academic advising, direct student research, and conduct research in her/his specialization, but the primary expectation is excellence in teaching.
At UIS there are immediate opportunities, and expectations, to develop a service portfolio at the department, college, and campus levels. Research opportunities exist not only through collaboration with other Environmental Studies faculty and staff, but with active peers in other departments as well as with the resources afforded UIS due to our position in the state capital. There are abundant opportunities to support graduate students, especially through our Graduate Public Service Internship program (gpsi.uis.edu).
Department Information: We currently have six tenure-track faculty lines, approximately 100 graduate students, and about 30 undergraduate majors. The Department offers an undergraduate minor and BA in Environmental Studies, Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, MS in Environmental Science, and an MA in Environmental Studies with three concentrations: Sustainable Development & Policy, Environmental Planning & Management, and Environmental Humanities. Students may pursue the MS or MA in on-campus or entirely online formats.
Institutional Information: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois. The UIS campus serves more than 5,000 students in 24 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs. The academic curriculum of the campus emphasizes a strong liberal arts core, an array of professional programs, extensive opportunities in experiential education, and a broad engagement in public affairs issues of the day. The campus offers many small classes, substantial student-faculty interaction, and a technology-enhanced learning environment. Our diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. UIS faculty members are committed teachers, active scholars, and engaged professionals in service to society.
Application Steps: Upload a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy and research interest, vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and the names and contact information of at least three references at jobs.uis.edu. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Review of applications will begin 12 October 2015 and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.
UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL 62703