Tenure Track Asst or Assoc Professor - Environmental and Outdoor Education (emphasis on Childhood Nature Studies)

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Thursday, October 7, 2021, 11:00pm


Duluth, MN
United States

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Job Description:

Job duties and responsibilities for this tenure-track position includes 1) teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework (up to 20 credits for the year) in courses relating to young children and nature, environmental education, and outdoor education; curriculum development and program support; providing professional, community and university service (potentially deepening the relationship between UMD and the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative, the Minnesota Early Childhood Outdoors organization, and the international Natural Start Alliance; providing in-service /professional development and/or leadership and/or guidance to members of the aforementioned organizations; mentoring graduate and undergraduate students; and serving on graduate thesis committees). 2) an active research agenda including conducting and publishing peer-reviewed research and seeking external funding for ongoing research, and 3) serving the campus/community/profession through committee membership or other leadership.

The start date of this position is August 22, 2022.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in relevant field (e.g. Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Early Childhood Environmental Education, Adventure Education, Experiential Education, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Management, Conservation Psychology, Education for Sustainability, Science Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education etc.)
  • A clearly articulated research agenda and scholarly record commensurate to faculty rank sought (Assistant or Associate Professor rank)
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering social justice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of successful teaching experience in higher education (undergraduate and graduate) in lecture and field-based courses in Children and Nature, Environmental Education, and Outdoor Education
  • Evidence of ability to integrate social justice issues into the curriculum
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with culturally diverse students, colleagues, and communities
  • Record of successful scholarship including peer review journal publication and presentations
  • History of successful grant writing
  • Current engagement in the discipline (e.g. professional activity, scholarly publications, conference presentations or attendance, leadership, or participation in relevant associations)
  • Applied and scholarly experience pertaining to early childhood environmental education and/or nature-based early learning and outdoor/environmental education
  • Ability to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in children & nature studies, environmental education, and outdoor education

The Department of Applied Human Sciences (AHS) is one of five departments within the College of Education and Human Service Professions. AHS is the department home to nearly 40 full-time and part-time faculty members with teaching and research interests in multiple degree programs: Public Health, Physical Education, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, and Environmental and Outdoor Education.

The curriculum of the degree programs reflects the accreditation standards of the various disciplines. Students graduate from these degree programs with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree. There are currently over 500 majors enrolled in the degree programs offered by the department. The students in the programs come from Minnesota, Wisconsin, across the Midwest and nationally and internationally. Our department strongly supports international educational opportunities. More information is available at d.umn.edu/ahs.

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If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access consultant at 612-624-3316.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.


How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for job opening #343026. Click on the job title: Tenure Track Asst or Assoc Professor - Environmental and Outdoor Education (emphasis on Childhood Nature Studies) to view the job details and application instructions.

Complete applications must include the following items: 

  • Letter of application addressing qualifications, including your commitment to diversity and anti-racist work, and research agenda
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references

Please note that the cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the "My Activities" page to attach the additional document.

To ensure full consideration, completed online applications should be received on or before Oct. 7, 2021 as the priority deadline. Finalists may be required to submit additional materials. The position will remain open until filled. For additional questions about the position, applicants are encouraged to contact the Search Chair, Dr. Charles Fountaine, at cfountai@d.umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.