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Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

Stetson University
Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology
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Non-Tenured Track
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Stetson University, College of Arts and Sciences 

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies  

Stetson University seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies. This full-time, nine-month position for the 2022-23 academic year is for a dynamic candidate with enthusiasm for teaching a variety of undergraduate classes within Environmental Science and Studies.  Depending on departmental need and administrative approval, the position may be extended beyond one year. Candidates with a specialization related to urban environments will be given preference, especially if GIS is incorporated into their work. 


This position requires a Ph.D. (or terminal degree) awarded in a sustainability-related field by August 2022 and demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates with a variety of effective methodologies. Specializations in one or more of the following areas will be given preference: Urban Sustainability and Resilience, Urban Planning and Design, Sustainable Food Systems, Urban Ecology, Regenerative Landscapes, Environmental Justice and Geographic Information Systems. The committee will prioritize candidates with interest in teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds. We seek a colleague who is actively engaged in work that could allow for the inclusion of undergraduate student collaborators and who is eager to contribute to a liberal arts-based program and a broader community of undergraduates. We encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and/or experience in diverse learning environments to apply. 


The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per semester, or the equivalent thereof. These courses will include (1) one of the courses in our introductory environmental science and studies sequence, (2) a course/courses in the candidate’s area of expertise (e.g. Urban Sustainability and Resilience) that fulfill(s) major requirements, and (3) Geographic Information Systems and Science. Depending on departmental need, teaching assignments may also include courses for the University’s General Education Curriculum and minor in Sustainable Food Systems. The ability to mentor undergraduate research, though not required, is desirable.  

The Program:  

The position will be housed in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies. Depending on the successful candidate’s area of expertise, there may also be opportunities to contribute to the Sustainable Food Systems Program. Our focus is exclusively on undergraduate students who desire rigorous and interdisciplinary training within the context of a liberal arts education. Exciting developments in the near future for Environmental Science and Studies include construction of the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation. Our department offers two majors, including a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Many students in our program carry a minor in Sustainable Food Systems. 

College of Arts and Sciences: 

Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences ( is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts.  With nineteen academic departments and nine interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University.  A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars.  The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing.  Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, giving students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship.  Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility.  All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community.  The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them. 

The University:   

Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,300 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. The University’s graduate programs include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally. 

The Community

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities. 

Salary:  Salary is competitive. 

Starting Date:  August 10, 2022 


Applicants should supply the following materials for initial consideration: 1) cover letter detailing how the applicant’s professional accomplishments and experiences meet the requirements of the position; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer observation letters); 4) the names and contact information for three professional references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Candidates are strongly encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion in their submitted materials.  

All information may be submitted electronically to Dr. Ben Tanner, Search Committee Chair at with “VAP Application” in the subject line. While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to

Dr. Ben Tanner, Search Committee Chair 

Department of Environmental Sciences and Studies  

Stetson University 

Unit 8401 

421 N. Woodland Blvd. 

DeLand, FL   32723 

Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer. 

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