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Assistant Professor in Sustainability Studies — Chicago, IL

Organization: Roosevelt University

Job Title: Assistant Professor in Sustainability Studies

Location: Chicago, IL

Hours and Compensation: Full Time — $ not specified

Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012

Position Dates: Starts Aug. 15, 2013

Posted On: Oct. 3, 2012

Organization Overview

Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies program, founded in 2010, is the first of its kind in the Chicago region. Housed within the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, it maintains a close relationship with the College’s PLS program, a longstanding leader in educating returning adult students.

Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 on the principle that higher education should be available to all academically qualified students. Today, Roosevelt is the fourth most ethnically diverse college in the Midwest (U.S. News and World Report, 2013) and a national leader in preparing students to assume meaningful, purposeful roles in the global community. Our dedicated faculty and administrators would like to know how your talents can contribute to our success.


Roosevelt University is seeking an Assistant Professor in Sustainability Studies for a tenure-track position beginning August 15th, 2013. Applicants should have the ability to teach multiple courses in the Sustainability Studies (SUST) undergraduate curriculum as well as interdisciplinary social and/or natural science seminars to adult learners in the Professional and Liberal Studies (PLS) program. Teaching load is six courses per year. Courses are offered at Roosevelt’s Chicago and Schaumburg campuses as well as online.


(1) Teaching courses within the SUST major as well as adult general education seminars with the PLS program. (2) Assisting with SUST program development through curriculum enhancement and assessment, service learning project development, community outreach, and online social media writing. (3) Maintaining an active scholarly research program within one’s academic discipline and/or the emerging field of sustainability studies. (4) Advising undergraduate students. (5) Performing departmental, college, university, and professional service.



PhD or terminal degree in a sustainability-related discipline (or interdisciplinary field) within the natural or social sciences. Active scholarly research program and the ability to apply research to the classroom and communicate findings to a general audience. Evidence of excellence and versatility in teaching. Ability to teach with technology and in multiple formats (such as hybrid and online courses). Understanding of interdisciplinary teaching and curriculum development.


Expertise in multiple areas within sustainability, especially urban agriculture, energy and climate change, waste and recycling, etc. Experience in service learning initiatives and/or academic program development. Experience with both adult and traditional-age students. Enthusiasm for teaching general education seminars as well as more specialized SUST courses. Experience teaching critical thinking, research, and writing.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide a letter of interest outlining their teaching experience, research program, and suitability for the position; an up-to-date curriculum vitae; and a list of three to five professional references.

For More Information: Consult the SUST website ( for details on the program’s curriculum. Applicants may address questions to the search committee chair, Professor Michael Bryson ([email protected]).

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