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Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor of Inclusivity in the Outdoor

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 7, 2023

Job Summary

The Outdoor Recreation Economy (ORE) Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) invites applications for a faculty position as a Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor of Inclusivity. Part of UCB’s Masters of the Environment (MENV) professional graduate program and the Department of Environmental Studies, ORE seeks a half- to full-time (dependent on candidate’s availability), non-tenure-track faculty who is committed to evolving the outdoors and making the outdoor economy more inclusive. As a faculty member, this person brings their cultural competency, experience, and background, and strong desire to engage diverse perspectives. They will lead graduate level curriculum related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), engage with DEI initiatives on campus, cultivate relationships with external stakeholders, and serve as the faculty lead for the ORE Inclusivity Graduate Certificate. Anticipated start date of May or June 2023.

The Inclusivity in the ORE graduate certificate focuses on developing a more welcoming and inclusive outdoor recreation economy and expanding access to the outdoors to everyone by offering students tools and strategies to effectively lead the transition to a more equitable outdoor industry. The successful candidate will possess academic and/or professional experience in inclusivity best practices and have access to thought leaders who are guiding organizations to a more diverse and inclusive future. The candidate will have a deep understanding of the critical equity and inclusion issues organizations face as well as the role of industries and organizations in addressing them. The candidate will have experience developing curriculum or training for professionals or higher education audiences with a demonstrated commitment to DEI. The successful candidate will bring vision, deep subject matter expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit to contribute broadly to the growing ORE program.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Outdoor Recreation Economy program sits within the MENV program and creates impact for the broader outdoor industry through applied curriculum and project delivery with organizational partners and the cultivation of innovators and inclusive leaders. ORE, the first program of its kind anywhere, is committed to supporting the entire outdoor recreation economy through innovative approaches to economic development, the management of resilient public lands and waterways, the creation of inclusive spaces, and the promotion of sustainable business practices. For more information: . The MENV program is one of the largest professional graduate programs in sustainability in the US. More information: .

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This is a nine-month (mid-August to early May), half- to full-time academic-year appointment at the rank of either Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor. It may include additional (compensated) summer responsibilities. The position includes curriculum development, teaching, advising, and administrative duties.

For the halftime role:

Faculty Lead: Serve as certificate lead for the online Inclusivity in the ORE Graduate Certificate. This entails overseeing and developing curriculum, recruiting and engaging faculty in curricular development, coordinating faculty instruction, and advising students.

Teaching: Develop and teach online professional graduate courses.

Engage with Industry/External Stakeholders: Develop and facilitate relationships with external organizations and serve as a resource for the relevant external stakeholders.

Support Student Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation: Work with the ORE program faculty and staff to support student recruitment, retention, and placement into impactful careers.

For anytime above a half-time role:

In addition to the responsibilities of the half-time role, the individual will contribute additional curriculum development, teaching, administrative, and advising duties to the residential MENV program ( ), as commensurate with their determined % FTE.

All faculty, regardless of % FTE, are expected to contribute service to the program, including serving on committees; developing and facilitating relationships in the professional field to curate student learning opportunities; and supporting student recruitment, retention, and placement.

What You Should Know
  • We seek candidates who will support and encourage a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive learning environment for all students. Since MENV and ORE are professional graduate programs, we value a variety of accomplishments and qualities in a candidate, including professional experience, interpersonal skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit befitting a young and vibrant program.
  • This role will also be expected to contribute toward program efforts to address dimensions of underserved communities, justice and equity, and race, gender, and/or class influence as it relates to the ORE, sustainability, and the environment.
What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive academic year salary in the range of $65,000-79,000 for the Teaching Assistant Professor position or $80,000-90,000 for the Teaching Associate Professor position for a full-time appointment for a 9-month academic appointment mid-August through early May. For an appointment less than full time, the compensation will be adjusted proportional to percent FTE. This position has the potential for an additional summer contract and additional compensation paid at the same monthly rate. This position is a half to full—time nine-month position (mid-August through early May) with an initial three-year contract appointment and the opportunity for renewals.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

For the Teaching Assistant Professor rank:
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field.
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level, which may include experience as a graduate teaching assistant or equivalent (e.g., teaching or training as an inclusivity professional); OR 10 years professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience and passion for teaching, shown through course/curriculum development, integration of service learning, teaching innovation, or development of effective pedagogical methods; OR record of delivering professional development (e.g., delivering workshops, presenting at or organizing conferences).
  • Some demonstration of professional service that utilizes expertise.
For the Teaching Associate Professor rank:
  • Graduate degree (e.g., PhD, MS, MA, MBA, JD) in relevant field.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience as Assistant Professor or equivalent; or the equivalent number of years in relevant professional practice.
  • Demonstrated experience and passion for teaching, shown through course/curriculum development, integration of service learning, teaching innovation, or development of effective pedagogical methods.
  • Strong record of delivering professional development (e.g., delivering workshops, presenting at or organizing conferences).
  • Demonstrated thought leadership (research, publications, presentations) that contributes to a strong professional reputation.
  • Demonstrated and sustained professional service that utilizes expertise.
What You Will Need
  • DEI expertise and leadership experience in a professional and/or academic field.
  • A spirit of collaboration, a passion for learning and the requisite humility that is required when working in an emergent field with creative, professional students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-directedness with a startup mindset.
  • Passion for mentoring, teaching, and creating professional opportunities for students in a professional context.
  • Demonstration of self-awareness, cultural intelligence, and a commitment to fostering equity and inclusion.
  • Experience working with students or professionals from a wide range of life experiences and backgrounds.
  • Excitement about contributing to a flagship program in the outdoor recreation economy, sustainability, and the environment.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience within the sustainability, social responsibility, or outdoor industry OR a willingness to learn and quickly engage in this field.
  • Experience teaching and developing curriculum for programs that include one or more of the following:
    • Professional education, higher education learning, extension school, facilitation, technical assistance, and/or corporate learning.
    • Professional leadership experience at a senior level.
    • Strong connections with industry, nonprofits, and/or government to facilitate student opportunities.
    • Experience with change-making and culture setting in organizations.
    • Evidence of engaging diverse communities and creating strong partnerships.
    • Experience in creating innovative learning experiences.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter, which includes a thorough description of teaching and professional experience related to the job description. The cover letter should also include a description of how the candidate will support and encourage a learning environment that includes mentorship, classroom, professional, and experiential and project-based learning.
  2. Current curriculum vitae or resume
  3. A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) statement (1-2 pages) demonstrating the candidate’s commitment to cultivating learning and/or working environments that are equitable and inclusive of diverse students, faculty, and staff with regard to race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, disability, and other marginalized identities.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references, and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

The review of applications will begin on March 6, 2023 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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