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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – Fall 2016

The Environmental Studies Department at Wofford College, a four-year undergraduate Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts institution in Spartanburg, South Carolina, invites applications for a new tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in sustainability studies, earth systems science, environmental science, environmental studies, or a related field, awarded by September 2016 when the position begins. The successful candidate must be a dynamic teacher with demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary teaching and sustainability research. He or she will actively engage in the department’s valued tradition of field studies and experiential education. The ideal candidate will also embrace the collaborative spirit that characterizes the college.

Teaching commitments will include interdisciplinary courses at all levels, an introductory science course with an experiential field/laboratory component, and topical courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. The candidate will also involve students in their own research, and mentor a range of senior capstone projects that reflect the diverse interests of environmental studies students. The teaching load includes 2-3 courses each semester and a 4-week January focused-study Interim term.

A principal responsibility of this position will be to help lead a significant new sustainability initiative at the college. The successful candidate will use quantitative expertise to help analyze and improve the sustainability of campus operations (e.g. energy, food systems, waste streams, landscape evolution). Demonstrated ability to engage students in those activities will be a distinct advantage in the selection process.

Our Environmental Studies Department provides the foundation for students to address the complex environmental problems of their generation, recognizing that approaches from the humanities and arts, natural sciences and social sciences are all needed for effective local, regional and global change. Field experiences foster the wonder and love for natural environments that motivate our students’ personal and professional choices. Environmental Studies BA and BS graduates have entered the fields of conservation, law, business, energy, land and resource management, environmental science, and engineering, among others. Please visit our website,, to learn more about our program, the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies, and the Milliken Sustainability Initiative at Wofford College.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy, along with the names and contact information for three references, to the address below.  Review of applications will begin immediately; applications received by January 15, 2015 will be guaranteed full consideration. Please email all application materials, as attachments, to

Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 25 major fields of study to a student body of 1,650 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community enjoys Greek Life as well as 18 NCAA Division I athletics teams.

Wofford College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status.