Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability

Durango, Colorado
Salary is $59,000
Jan 20, 2021
Feb 19, 2021
Career Level
Education Level
Job Type
Tenure Track
Relocation Cost
Sector Type

Assistant Professor of

Environment & Sustainability

Department of Environment & Sustainability

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado


Position Summary

This is a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Environment & Sustainability. The teaching load is 21 credits per year (12 credits one semester, 9 credits the other semester). Assistant Professors also mentor students, maintain an active scholarship program, and contribute to service to the department and college. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field by July 20, 2021. 
  • Expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Environmental conservation science, human-environment responses to global change, and/or North American indigenous natural resource planning and management.
  • Ability and interest to teach multiple courses in the Department of Environment and Sustainability. 
  • Ability to integrate methodologies from both the social and natural sciences in teaching. 
  • Demonstrated record of environmental scholarship. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability and interest to teach the following courses: Introduction to Environmental Studies, Introduction to Environmental Science, and upper-level courses in Research Methods, Senior Capstone, and applicant’s area of expertise.
  • Ability to teach field-based courses and to use experiential strategies in the field and classroom. 
  • Publications, manuscripts, conference presentations, or public-facing outreach that utilize social and natural science methods. 
  • Ability to mentor undergraduate research. 
  • Interest to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary program and with other departments on campus to provide inclusive and holistic learning experiences. 
  • Experience working with indigenous communities.
  • Online teaching experience.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and/or remote sensing.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teach introductory courses in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science as well as upper-level courses in Research Methods, Senior Capstone, and area of expertise.  
  • Maintain an active scholarship program  
  • Mentor undergraduate research   
  • Perform service-related activities within the department and the college. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success; work with broadly diverse communities. 
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508. 
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Work Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Ability to teach and conduct research outside in Colorado environments. 
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic). 
  • Ability to work in a confined area. 
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time. 


Salary is $59,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:

  • Cover letter addressing the following:
  • The minimum and preferred qualifications for the position.
  • Brief teaching philosophy and research interests.
  • Details regarding how your course design and personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?”
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references


Submit materials as one PDF file via email to:

Application materials received by March 7, 2021, will receive full consideration.

Position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,

and pass a background check.

The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

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Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator

Molly Wieser

230 Skyhawk Station

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, Colorado 81301

(970) 247-7241

Other discrimination questions?

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator

David Pirrone

192 Education Business Hall

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, Colorado 81301

(970) 247-7182

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.