Department of Environment & Sustainability, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, USA.

This is a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Environment & Sustainability. The teaching load is 21 credits per year (12 credits one semester, 9 credits the other semester). Assistant Professors also mentor students, maintain an active scholarship program, and contribute to service to the department and college.

Application deadline 7 March 2021.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field by July 20,
  • Expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Environmental conservation science, human-environment responses to global change, and/or North American indigenous natural resource planning and management.
  • Ability and interest to teach multiple courses in the Department of Environment and Sustainability.
  • Ability to integrate methodologies from both the social and natural sciences in teaching.
  • Demonstrated record of environmental scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability and interest to teach the following courses: Introduction to Environmental Studies, Introduction to Environmental Science, and upper-level courses in Research Methods, Senior Capstone, and applicant’s area of expertise.
  • Ability to teach field-based courses and to use experiential strategies in the field and classroom.
  • Publications, manuscripts, conference presentations, or public-facing outreach that utilize social and natural science methods.
  • Ability to mentor undergraduate research.
  • Interest to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary program and with other departments on campus to provide inclusive and holistic learning experiences.
  • Experience working with indigenous communities.
  • Online teaching experience.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and/or remote sensing.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teach introductory courses in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science as well as upper-level courses in Research Methods, Senior Capstone, and area of expertise.
  • Maintain an active scholarship program.
  • Mentor undergraduate research.
  • Perform service-related activities within the department and the college.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success; work with broadly diverse communities.
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Work Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to teach and conduct research outside in Colorado environments.
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.


Salary is $59,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process

A complete application packet includes:

  • Cover letter addressing the following:
    - The minimum and preferred qualifications for the position.
    - Brief teaching philosophy and research interests.
    - Details regarding how your course design and personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion. “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?”
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references.

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application materials received by 7 March 2021 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts, and pass a background check.

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