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Teaching Assistant Professor

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Job Summary

The Department of Environmental Studies (ENVS) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) seeks two Teaching Assistant Professors to begin Fall 2024. These faculty will report to the Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies. Each appointment is a 9-month (academic year) term position, teaching three classes each semester (six total per academic year) with some department committee service (75% teaching, 25% service). Three-year contracts, with the potential for renewal pending review, will be offered.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

ENVS is an interdisciplinary department at CU Boulder. It is a community of scholars conducting teaching, research, and engagement/service focused on the multiple dimensions of environmental change through integrating scientific understanding of human-environment interactions, practical responses to environmental problems, and values that shape our decisions and behavior. ENVS advances research, teaching, and practice areas to address climate, biodiversity, resource, and environmental justice challenges. We are a diverse body of engaged scholars who work rigorously, inclusively, creatively, and persistently for the well-being of the planet and the life it sustains. ENVS supports degree-granting bachelor’s, graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.), and professional master’s programs. ​

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

​​Position 1. Teaching Assistant Professor Natural Sciences: The first of these two new Teaching Assistant Professors will teach in the undergraduate curriculum with an emphasis on natural science foundations in environmental studies. This faculty member will teach a large (350+ students) introductory class focusing on the foundational natural sciences dimensions of Environmental Studies, including climate science, ecology, and hydrology.  This faculty member will also regularly teach an intermediate-level class in applied ecology – a class designed to explore how ecological ideas and principles underlie both the problems and solutions of multiple environmental issues. This position may also be responsible for delivering other core courses in ENVS determined in consultation with the Department Chair and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.

​Position 2.  Teaching Assistant Professor Writing & Communications: The second of these two positions will teach in the undergraduate curriculum with an emphasis on environmental writing and communications. This Teaching Assistant Professor will be responsible for teaching advanced writing in environmental studies, a small (~ 20-student) writing course at the junior-level required by all ENVS majors.  Additionally, this faculty member will also teach an intermediate-level course in social sciences aimed at synthesizing concepts related to understanding coupled human and natural systems and delivering other core courses in ENVS determined in consultation with the Department Chair and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.  This position may also be responsible for delivering other core courses in ENVS determined in consultation with the Department Chair and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.

​3. Internship Course Administration: Note that both new faculty positions will be considered for overseeing our ENVS Internship Course – an upper-level class that centers on coordinating internship opportunities for ENVS students with external partners, including companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. ​ 

What You Should Know

​​Additional responsibilities for both positions may include coordinating multi-section courses, supervising graders and/or graduate teaching assistants, serving on three ENVS committees, and supporting the growth of the ENVS undergraduate curriculum.​ 

What We Can Offer

We can offer an academic year salary range of $55,000-$57,200, commensurate with experience and qualifications.


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.

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What We Require

  • ​​M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. in environmental studies, environmental science, ecology, geography, or other social science field. Degrees in related fields are also eligible. 
  •  ​Proficiency or experience with social science methods (quantitative and/or qualitative approaches) (if applying for the Writing and Communication position) or ecological science methods (if applying for the Natural Sciences position) and experience integrating concepts from human and natural systems.
  • Successful applicants will have a background in environmental studies or environmental science (or related field), with a strong emphasis on (for Position One) natural sciences generally (e.g., ecology, climate, conservation science) and (for Position Two) writing, pedagogy, and science communications with an emphasis on understanding people and the environment.​​ 

What You Will Need

  • ​​A demonstrated ability to teach undergraduates in environmental topics and social science methodologies as they relate to studying coupled human-natural systems. 
  • ​Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with a broad spectrum of students, faculty, and administrative staff. 
  •  ​Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate flexibility and an ability to teach a wide range of courses at the undergraduate level.​ 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Additionally, we encourage applicants to address the CU Boulder Department of Environmental Studies’ Strategic Imperatives (as outlined here) and identify ways in which their teaching, service, and/or research has (or will):
    • Engaged in interdisciplinary methods to examine, address, and resolve environmental challenges.
    • Worked towards a more equitable environment.
    • Promoted understanding and action on complex socio-environmental problems for the well-being of the planet and all the life it sustains.
​Indicate which position you are applying for:
  1. Teaching Assistant Professor Natural Sciences
  2. Teaching Assistant Professor Writing and Communication
  3. Internship Course Administration
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Please submit your application by March 8, 2024 for full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

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

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