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Assistant Teaching Professor (Tenure Track) in Environmental Communication at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor (Tenure Track) in Environmental Communication at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 1-L for the salary history range. A reasonable estimate for this position at 100% time is $78,700 - $145,000. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: October 4, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Nov 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jul 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor position to start July 1, 2024. We seek someone with expertise in environmental communication with demonstrated excellence in communication tools and techniques, superlative teaching skills, and experience in environmental science and management.

An Assistant Teaching Professor (Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment) is a tenure-track faculty member whose primary responsibility is teaching and teaching-related tasks, and secondary responsibility is professional and/or scholarly achievement and activities, especially as they relate to instruction and pedagogy. Assistant Teaching Professors also have responsibility for University and public service. They are full voting members of the Bren School faculty and the UCSB Academic Senate, and are evaluated for merits and promotions on the same schedule as members of the Professor series.

The Bren School is a graduate school within UCSB that provides rigorous, multi-disciplinary training in environmental science and management to Master's and PhD students. The faculty is drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and management. At the Bren School, we develop interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems, train environmental leaders, and work for a sustainable future. This position is primarily responsible for courses in the School's Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program and may also include some teaching in the School's Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) program.

As an Assistant Teaching Professor you will contribute in the following areas:
● Teach and develop courses on environmental science communication, such as effective environmental messaging, writing and data visualization skills.
● Organize and lead skills-building workshops and communication training for students enrolled in the Bren School’s two professional masters degree programs.
● Mentor and supervise Communication Capstone projects, Masters Group Projects, and Environmental Data Science Capstone projects, including instruction in team science and project management.
● Participate in, and eventually lead, faculty oversight of Bren School’s communication curriculum and implementation.

UCSB is on the quarter system; the expected teaching load for this position is 6 ten-week courses (or the equivalent) per year. In addition, the position will participate in the management and governance of the overall Strategic Environmental Communication program.

The Bren School is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission and strives to recognize contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity. Contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice can take a variety of forms including but not limited to:

-Efforts to advance equitable access to education;
-Public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population;
-Research that highlights inequalities;
-Mentoring and advising students, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations;
-Creating effective strategies for the educational advancement of students in under-represented groups.

In 2023-24, UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, antiracist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Banneker Initiative proposes to hire scientists, engineers and interdisciplinary scholars as UCSB faculty, whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work shares Banneker’s concerns as an African American scientist, especially his desire to advance scientific and engineering knowledge for the public good.

With the goal of creating a diverse community around such concerns, applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all of the requirement for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application in a related field (environmental, social and/or communications).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

By the time of hire, candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent). By the time of hire, candidates must also have at least one year of teaching experience at the university level (TA experience counts).

Preferred qualifications

Demonstrated excellence in teaching effectiveness, including evidence of pedagogical innovation or experimentation.

Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community, including evidence of engagement in relevant activities promotion equity, inclusion, and diversity, as applicable.

Evidence of participation in program development and assessment.

Demonstrated commitment to professional service, including service promoting access to and diversity in higher education and the academic profession.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching & Mentoring (Philosophy and Practice) - This statement should be no more than 2 pages in length and should describe the applicant’s approach to classroom instruction, including those approaches that promote inclusive classroom environments and working with students in a one-on-one or small group setting. Please include discussion of relevant experience and expertise. Also address how the applicant’s pedagogical approach supports diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence - This document should be no more than 2 pages in length, explaining philosophy and experience contributing to more inclusive classroom and academic communities. These statements will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that contribute to furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through knowledge of, contributions to, and plans to promote diversity.

  • Three Documentations of Excellence - Samples of scholarship (such as teaching materials, preprints, thesis draft, and publications). At least one of the Documentations of Excellence must be a course syllabus (for a course instructed by or TA’d by the applicant)

  • Teaching Evaluations - At least once set of student evaluations of a course that you have instructed or TA’d

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Candidate must solicit letters of recommendation in UC Recruit for the application to be considered complete.

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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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA