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Visiting Faculty - Environmental and Sustainability Studies - Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Position type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Summary: A one academic year (approximately 9 month) teaching position in a rapidly growing undergraduate major at GVSU. A public institution with a Carnegie classification of Comprehensive Masters located in West Michigan, GVSU is dedicated to highly engaged teaching of diverse learners within a liberal arts tradition.    

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Masters degree in a relevant field, such as environmental history, environmental policy, ecology, or related areas
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Interest in working and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as environmental history, environmental policy, ecology, or related areas
  • Experience in experiential teaching and/or innovative pedagogies
  • Record of community engagement
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Expertise in water and/or energy issues

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Teach 12 credits (4 courses) each semester. Expected courses include ENS 201  (Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies) and ENS 300 (Principles of Sustainability); other courses are possible depending on the expertise of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities – Non-Essential Functions:

  • Work collaboratively with other ENS faculty to support ENS students   

Salary:  $46,000 plus benefits

Department/Division: Environmental and Sustainability Studies/Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter, resume, and teaching statement. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance with the online portal, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Questions about the position itself should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Amy McFarland at

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin May 18. Posting may close at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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