Assistant Teaching Professor in Environmental Studies - Dimensions of Food and Agriculture Systems

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Washington, Seattle, is recruiting for an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Program on the Environment (PoE) to serve as a core program instructor beginning September 15, 2021.  This 100% FTE instructional position has a 9-month academic year term with additional possible full-term summer teaching, and will be for five years with possibility of renewal.  This is a non-tenured position.


  • This teaching position requires teaching five courses per academic year. A significant portion of that teaching involves core classes for PoE majors.
  • This position will also involve ongoing liaison and curricular development work with the UW Farm, including teaching courses in food system and agricultural issues, and working to extend the UW Farm’s community engaged learning and volunteer involvement with undergraduate students.
  • Instructional responsibilities include mentoring a portion of the Environmental Studies students participating in a 3-course Capstone project. Through collaboration with their internship host, a faculty advisor, and the Capstone Instructor, students produce a tangible research project that is closely related to their academic study.

Specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • teach, supervise and mentor diverse students (currently 200+ majors) across a range of environmentally related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of study;
  • train and mentor students in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including natural and social science methodologies, and human subjects data such as interviews and surveys;
  • train students in how to communicate research results and environmental knowledge to varied audiences, using traditional, digital, and social media;
  • develop curriculum for the UW Farm, support faculty across campus in using the farm effectively in their teaching, and otherwise facilitate the UW Farm’s community engaged learning and volunteer involvement with undergraduate students; and,
  • teach two or more courses each year dealing with food systems and agriculture.


The Program on the Environment (PoE) is an interdisciplinary environmental studies program that has been at the leading edge of interdisciplinary learning and teaching at the UW since 1998. The curriculum integrates a broad spectrum of social science, natural science, and humanities disciplines shaping the field of environmental studies. PoE offers a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and is housed within the UW’s College of the Environment, which provides a broad interdisciplinary and globally oriented position for education and basic and applied research.

PoE is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse student body, faculty and staff.  Our program is built upon an inclusive pedagogy that attempts to bring diverse voices together so that an array of shared and varied experiences, expertise, perspectives and ideas can contribute to creating resilient, equitable behaviors and solutions to address the health of our planet and its ecosystems.   The program strives to promote thoughtful dialogues that challenge and bridge differences within the classroom and across society as a whole.  Our undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies empowers its graduates to improve the world and provides well-trained professionals who can address challenging environmental issues.

The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. The University of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package.


Applicants must possess environmental studies training, experience with agriculture teaching and research, and a PhD or foreign equivalent in any relevant field.  Successful candidates must also have a minimum of five years of post-Ph.D. teaching and research experience at the college level and a demonstrated ability to implement active learning pedagogy to a diverse student community.


Applicants should submit a complete application via Interfolio at and include the following: 1) letter of application (max 2 pages), 2) CV, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, including experience with applied undergraduate learning and commitment to diverse audiences and inclusive approaches (max 2 pages), 4) writing sample (peer-reviewed publication), 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, including summarized teaching evaluations and syllabi (max 10 pages), and 6) three confidential letters of recommendation. 

Priority in review will be given to applications received by June 1, 2021. 

If you have questions regarding potential disability accommodations during the application process, please contact the UW’s Disability Services Office at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (