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Tenure-Track Teaching Faculty Position – Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Reasoning for the Environment – ES Program

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 7th, 2019
Last review date: February 15th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: May 31st, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The program is looking for individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Reasoning for the Environment.

Both discipline and specific areas of expertise are open but should relate to the environment. Candidates must have expertise related to four areas:

  1. Critical thinking, defined as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action;
  2. Evidence-based reasoning, defined as the ability to think logically, using analytical, deductive and inductive concepts based on qualitative and quantitative evidence;
  3. Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods and methodologies; and
  4. Familiarity with a diversity of value systems guiding intersections among humans, nonhuman species, and ecosystems.

As a position with a primary emphasis on teaching, the successful candidate will have a teaching load equivalent to three courses per quarter. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three iterations of a core required course on Critical Thinking and Ethics for the Environment, as well as courses on evidence-based reasoning, research design, and, potentially, quantitative analysis.

UCSB's Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that was founded in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It has maintained a position of national leadership since then, graduating over 6000 students. The program has a longstanding commitment to integrative research and teaching and to interdisciplinary balance among the biophysical and chemical sciences, engineering sciences, humanities, social sciences, and applied professions. For more information, please see http://www.es.ucsb.edu/.

Responsibilities of teaching faculty include teaching and teaching-related tasks for lower and upper division undergraduate courses; mentorship of undergraduate, and potentially graduate students; professional and/or scholarly achievement and creative activity, particularly relating to instruction and pedagogy; and participation in university service. Faculty in this title are members of the Academic Senate, with benefits and privileges that parallel the professor track. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. Successful candidates must have a PhD or equivalent at the time of appointment. Clear evidence of potential excellence in teaching is desired. Preferred candidates will have been recognized for their teaching skills and will have demonstrated teaching experience related to critical thinking and evidence-based reasoning. In addition, the ability to teach introductory quantitative analysis skills will be an advantage.

Successful candidates will be able to contribute to the improvement of the undergraduate experience in the department and division. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, service, and research as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Statement of teaching
• Sample syllabus for a course in Critical Thinking and Ethics for the Environment
• Sample syllabus for a course in the area of the applicant’s field of expertise
• Applicants will need to arrange for three references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website. The three letters of recommendation must come from colleagues, faculty mentors, or superiors that can attest to the professional record of the applicant. Letters are strongly encouraged to address the applicant's teaching acumen and accomplishments.

Two optional items may submitted for consideration:
• Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a diversity statement that speaks to how their teaching reflects the needs and concerns of a demographically diverse student population
• Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide recent teaching evaluations from their home institutions. At the application stage these are optional, however well qualified applicants will be asked to provide teaching evaluations at the short list stage of the selection process.

Applications received by February 15, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01434

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Sample Syllabus- Critical Thinking and Ethics in the Environment - Provide a short sample syllabus in Critical Thinking and Ethics in the Environment

  • Sample Syllabus- A course of the applicant’s choosing - Provide a short sample syllabus in an area of the applicant's discipline or choosing

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
    (Optional)

  • Applicant's Teaching Evaluations - Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide recent teaching evaluations from their home institutions. At the application stage these are optional, however well qualified applicants will be asked to provide teaching evaluations at the short list stage of the selection process.

    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required

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