The department of Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College welcomes applicants for a faculty position in Ecological Forestry. This is a full-time, junior-level position in an extended contract system beginning in August of 2022. We seek a colleague with a focus in forest management and conservation who is strongly committed to teaching and student-engaged research in an undergraduate liberal arts environment.
About the College:
Warren Wilson College, rooted in liberal arts education, is committed to providing educational programs that prepare graduates to engage in groundbreaking scholarship and creative work; pursue meaningful careers with professionalism; and lead purposeful lives dedicated to fostering a just, equitable, and sustainable world. Toward that end, the College utilizes an innovative educational approach that intentionally integrates academics and experiential learning (through campus work and community engagement) for a rich, challenging student experience. Our students matriculate through deliberately scaffolded courses and signature capstone experiences that combine intellectual foundations with experiential skill development and problem solving. In that vein, Warren Wilson College is committed to fostering students’ curiosity, empathy, and integrity by providing them with a variety of perspectives, mentors and role models. Therefore, we’re seeking and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.
To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), is embarking on institutional initiatives that infuse DEI into all aspects of its functioning. Specifically, the College is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people – particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. While we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity (such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and worldview). We are committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college. We welcome applications from members of racial/ethnic underrepresented groups (e.g., BIPOC/people of the global majority) and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.).
We encourage candidates who have interest in forest stewardship techniques such as agroforestry, carbon sequestration and/or traditional place-based ecological knowledge and a commitment to experiential and applied learning pedagogy. The faculty member in this position will teach 24 credit hours per year consisting of 4-5 courses and an additional 4 credits allocated to mentoring undergraduate research. The ecological forestry program at Warren Wilson College integrates the College’s 600 acres of forested lands into experiential teaching and student-engaged research. This faculty member will join the Land Resources Team, including the College land managers and other members of the Environmental Studies faculty, working in close collaboration with the Dean of Land Resources on visioning of the future of the College’s working landscape program. All faculty members are expected to engage in service to the department, college, and community and conduct ongoing professional development and scholarly activity. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ways in which their teaching and undergraduate-engaged research will advance the goals of community-based collaboration, equity and justice, interdisciplinary programming and experiential learning.
PhD in a field related to forest ecology, management or conservation; ABD will be considered;
One to two years of teaching experience in classroom and outdoor settings;
Demonstrated experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in learning spaces. For instance, experience incorporating inclusive teaching modalities and working with diverse student populations (e.g. racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.);
Demonstrated track record of professional growth and scholarship.
Two or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
Teaching and/or professional experience in traditional ecological knowledge, agroforestry and/or carbon sequestration;
Evidence of experiential and applied learning pedagogy;
Experience mentoring undergraduate research.
Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning spaces. Applicants should also describe how their teaching, research, and/or creative scholarly activity connects to Warren Wilson’s distinctive learning approach and community. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5PM EST on November 19, 2021. Electronic submission is required.
Located on a beautiful 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, the College has a working farm and forest. We enroll approximately 750 undergraduates and 100 graduates in a learning community committed to sustainable practices, social justice, and community engagement. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.
Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.