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Inclusive Pedagogy in Environmental Studies - Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in inclusive pedagogy. The Postdoctoral Associate will join a multidisciplinary group of faculty committed to positive change in environmental educational practices, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in program curricula and culture. This position is granted to persons holding a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and who will be engaged in full-time mentored research and/or scholarship and field-appropriate professional activities. This includes the opportunity to carry out research in inclusive pedagogy under direct mentorship, submit grant applications, draft and submit publications of your research/scholarship, attend or present your research to the greater CU community, and engage with discipline-based education researchers in multiple units at CU Boulder, and with the broader Science Education Initiative ( at the university and DEI initiatives such as the Office of Diversity Equity and Community Engagement. 

Who We Are

The Environmental Studies program at CU-Boulder is a hub for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration in environment and sustainability. Environmental Studies courses integrate the academic divisions of natural science, social science, and humanities, providing skill and knowledge applicable to the pursuit of solutions to environmental challenges faced globally, nationally, regionally, and locally.This position will join a multidisciplinary group of faculty committed to positive change in environmental educational practices, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in program curricula and culture. Our unit is committed to the concept that a diverse and inclusive workforce is better positioned to find and solve new and compelling problems and to training students that thrive in diverse and inclusive teams. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Research and Creative Work

The Postdoctoral Associate will lead a research program that seeks to address topics such as how classroom-based curriculum modifications impact students' interpersonal skills, learning experience and understanding of environmental studies content, how inclusion-promoting interventions can be sustainably integrated into the environmental studies curriculum, and what system-level and structural changes are effective in supporting departmental change among others. 

The associate may use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches, and will have the opportunity to work with faculty and students to evaluate educational programs and interventions.

Teaching in Environmental Studies

The associate will teach a two-credit graduate course once annually in Inclusive Pedagogy and Leadership. The knowledge generated by the associate’s work will contribute to the development of organizational change and inclusive educational approaches that will be applicable to a wide range of settings, including in the academic, public, and private sector.

What You Should Know

The initial appointment is for one year, with the expectation of annual renewal for an additional two years upon satisfactory performance.

The start date will be no later than August 15, 2019.

What We Can Offer

A salary range of $50,000 – $55,000 per year, commensurate with skills and experience.


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.

Be Statements

Be Collaborative. Be Inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in Education or a discipline related to Environmental Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience in discipline based educational research, instructional design or related areas. 

What You Will Need

  • Excellence in interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop positive relationships among diverse groups of people in various settings.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with complex issues of diversity and inclusion in the classroom environment.
  • A commitment to innovation in discipline-based education and inclusive pedagogy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging tools and practices in inclusive pedagogical approaches.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Publications demonstrating research in discipline based education.
  • Classroom experience at the graduate or postgraduate level.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials.
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy
  5. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Approach and Goals
  6. You will need to submit the names and contact information for three references who are familiar with your research work. These individuals may be contacted at a later time for a subset of applicants to provide letters of recommendation. No reference letters need to be submitted at this time. All reference information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
This position is open until filled. Applications received by Friday April 19, 2019 will receive full consideration. 

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

Posting Contact Name: Jason Neff

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer