Assistant Professor, Environmental Education


Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, November 27, 2022, 5:00pm


Fort Myers, FL
United States

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This appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Studies and will serve as liaison between FGCU and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on their joint Environmental Education and Outreach Initiative. The Water School encourages nominations for and applications from qualified individuals with research and teaching experience in Environmental Education. 

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and teach assigned courses: prepare syllabi and instruction materials, coordinate lectures, evaluate students and maintain highest possible standards of classroom instruction.
  • Collaborate with other faculty to develop/revise curriculum.
  • Develop and maintain an independent and productive research/scholarship program that also involves students.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as appropriate, in research.
  • Seek external funding to support research program, including students.
  • Demonstrate quality of research through peer-review.
  • Stay current with new developments in field of instruction and maintain disciplinary skills through professional development activities appropriate to higher education faculty.
  • Actively serve on university committees and participate in institutional meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Other Duties

This position will serve as the University's liaison with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida ( overseeing the FGCU/Conservancy Environmental Education and Outreach Program. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a leading environmental conservation organization dedicated to protecting Southwest Florida’s land, water, wildlife, and future. The Conservancy campus is located only 30 minutes from FGCU and is home to a state-of-the-art nature center that hosts on-site environmental education programs and a mobile classroom for outreach programming, prioritizing underserved learners in our region. It is anticipated that this position will spend approximately 40% of their time on Conservancy/FGCU Environmental Education and Outreach development and implementation. Responsibilities include recruiting and managing FGCU interns at the Conservancy, leading the local environmental education professional group, and engaging FGCU students in hands on environmental education research through Conservancy programming.

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Education, Science Education, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.
ABD will be considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2023. If successful candidate is ABD at the time of appointment, the appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.
Demonstrated experience or potential interest in teaching across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of programs in The Water School.
Evidence of scholarly expertise related to environmental education, with a record of research publications in scholarly journals.
Must meet university criteria for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates are those whose teaching and research experience and interests align with the programs and mission of The Water School and of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
Teaching experience as instructor of record and post-doctoral experience.
Strong research agenda with evidence of scholarly expertise in the study of environmental education, outdoor education, non-formal education or related discipline.
Experience in grant writing and in assessment/evaluation of non-formal environmental education programs.
Engagement in scholarship that relates to issues of environmental justice and/or uses a framework of social-ecological systems.
Record of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, service, or other activities.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Familiarity with and use of diverse and innovative teaching approaches to engage students and ensure student learning.
Demonstrated development and use of skills appropriate to the discipline.
Ability to conduct independent research and involve students in research. 
Ability to mentor students in research with the students’ learning and training in mind.  
Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, civil, and inclusive learning and working environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2023.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:

Unofficial Transcripts
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Statement of Research
Five (5) Professional References

The position is listed as “open until filled;” however applications received by November 27, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

Salary commensurate with education and experience