Assistant or Associate Professor of Sustainable Practices

California, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 12, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Woodbury University invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor to develop and pilot curricula for a new Sustainable Practices program. The rank for this position will be that of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on experience and qualifications.

Housed in the School of Architecture, the BA in Sustainable Practices is a new interdisciplinary degree that integrates knowledge of economics, policy, design, and environment to advance the field of sustainability. It promotes a rigorous understanding of how resources are used and how decisions are made in society, as well as the impact of technology and consumption on the environment. Central to the curriculum are interdisciplinary, problem-based studio courses that challenge students to develop links between the theory and practice of sustainability in real-world contexts.

Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with teaching experience, professional background, and the degrees held. Contract renewal and rank advancement at Woodbury are contingent upon satisfying departmental and university criteria, which include effective teaching, meaningful engagement through creative work, scholarship, and service to the University. Woodbury University is a non-tenure granting institution.

The position begins in August 2021.

Salary and Benefits

Assistant or Associate Professor salary ranges between $58,934 - $85,126

This position qualifies for generous University-sponsored employee benefit plans and programs (e.g., group health insurance, life insurance, tax deferred annuity plan, sick, and paid holidays), subject to the eligibility requirements and conditions of each plan and program.


  • We are seeking a candidate with an expansive understanding of sustainable practices as they relate to design and policy across multiple scales.
  • The successful candidate will help define this new program and department.
  • They should demonstrate an ability to develop curriculum at multiple levels in the Sustainable Practices program through the exhibition of a comprehensive knowledge of new technologies in the field, the tools necessary to advance racially and socially just solutions for planetary health and health equity, and a demonstrated track-record in fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
  • Piloted curricula may include the following: introductory to advanced-level courses in design for climate change, environmental policy and management, environmental studies, and emerging modes of practice and/or environmental systems technologies. Our hope is that the new faculty member will also help broaden the program’s constituency on a national scale.
  • The candidate should demonstrate expertise in one particular aspect of sustainability while dialoging with a range of voices in the discourse.
  • Areas of expertise may include urban and regional ecologies, computational design, energy modelling, supply chain networks, multi-species design, earth systems science, Anthropocene studies, resource extraction, waste streams , or health equity. 
  • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track-record in advancing racially and socially just solutions within this research and in fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.


  • Applicants should demonstrate active research in sustainable practices and/or design for climate change. They should show demonstrated capabilities in interdisciplinary endeavors.
  • Successful candidates are expected to have a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, which might include urban planning, computer science, data science, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, atmospheric or climate science, or a similar discipline.
  • At least three years’ experience teaching at an accredited college or university.
  • Experience in curriculum design.
  • The ideal candidate will have produced a body of work that reflects deep expertise and proficiency in environmental studies.
  • Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Information on Woodbury School of Architecture and programs related to Sustainable Practices can be found at the links below:

Woodbury University

Woodbury University is a Hispanic Serving Institution with an undergraduate enrollment of 1,117 students, of which 68% are students of color and 48% are Federal Pell Grant recipients. The university values diversity, equity and inclusiveness as an essential part of an experience-centered education. This commitment to celebrate the unique perspectives, contributions and backgrounds of each individual is part of our DNA, with students from over 40 countries providing an exciting atmosphere that reflects the cultural diversity of Southern California. Woodbury’s beautiful 22-acre campus and small class sizes attract students engaged with personal, communal, and practice-based learning. The university’s central location in the greater Los Angeles area provides significant opportunity to partner with community organizations and stakeholders engaged with diverse populations and issues of environmental justice.

Woodbury School of Architecture produces graduates who affirm the power of design to improve the built environment and the lives of others by addressing the pressing issues of our time. We educate our students as entrepreneurs, citizen architects, and cultural builders equally committed to professional practice, theoretical discourse, social equity and technological inquiry. The new Sustainable Practices program advances our mission of empowering our students to impact the future of practice through meaningful built work.



The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 16, 2021. Submissions should include:

  • A letter of interest outlining teaching interests and experience, research or other creative interests, administrative experience (if any), and other relevant experience. (2 pages)
  • A diversity statement. (1 page, maximum)
  • A teaching statement.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Portfolio of student work or equivalent. (10 pages, maximum)
  • Portfolio of professional work and/or research. (10 pages, maximum)
  • A list of references with contact information. These will be contacted only in the event the candidate advances in the search.

Please send the above as a single bound .pdf through a downloadable link. Ensure in advance that this link will not expire and is not password protected.


Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.