The department of Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College welcomes applicants for a faculty position in Ecological Forestry. This is a full-time, junior-level position in an extended contract system beginning in August of 2022. We seek a colleague with a focus in forest management and conservation who is strongly committed to teaching and student-engaged research in an undergraduate liberal arts environment.

We encourage candidates who have interest in forest stewardship techniques such as agroforestry, carbon sequestration and/or traditional place-based ecological knowledge and a commitment to experiential and applied learning pedagogy. The faculty member in this position will teach 24 credit hours per year consisting of 4-5 courses and an additional 4 credits allocated to mentoring undergraduate research. The ecological forestry program at Warren Wilson College integrates the College’s 600 acres of forested lands into experiential teaching and student-engaged research. This faculty member will join the Land Resources Team, including the College land managers and other members of the Environmental Studies faculty, working in close collaboration with the Dean of Land Resources on visioning of the future of the College’s working landscape program. All faculty members are expected to engage in service to the department, college, and community and conduct ongoing professional development and scholarly activity. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ways in which their teaching and undergraduate-engaged research will advance the goals of community-based collaboration, equity and justice, interdisciplinary programming and experiential learning.

About the College:

Warren Wilson College, rooted in liberal arts education, is committed to providing educational programs that prepare graduates to engage in groundbreaking scholarship and creative work; pursue meaningful careers with professionalism; and lead purposeful lives dedicated to fostering a just, equitable, and sustainable world. Toward that end, the College utilizes an innovative educational approach that intentionally integrates academics and experiential learning (through campus work and community engagement) for a rich, challenging student experience. Our students matriculate through deliberately scaffolded courses and signature capstone experiences that combine intellectual foundations with experiential skill development and problem solving. In that vein, Warren Wilson College is committed to fostering students’ curiosity, empathy, and integrity by providing them with a variety of perspectives, mentors and role models. Therefore, we’re seeking and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.

To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), is embarking on institutional initiatives that infuse DEI into all aspects of its functioning. Specifically, the College is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people – particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. While we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity (such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and worldview). We are committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college. We welcome applications from members of racial/ethnic underrepresented groups (e.g., BIPOC/people of the global majority) and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in a field related to forest ecology, management or conservation; ABD will be considered;
  • One to two years of teaching experience in classroom and outdoor settings;
  • Demonstrated experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in learning spaces. For instance, experience incorporating inclusive teaching modalities and working with diverse student populations (e.g. racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.);
  • Demonstrated track record of professional growth and scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
  • Teaching and/or professional experience in traditional ecological knowledge, agroforestry and/or carbon sequestration;
  • Evidence of experiential and applied learning pedagogy;
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate research.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning spaces. Applicants should also describe how their teaching, research, and/or creative scholarly activity connects to Warren Wilson’s distinctive learning approach and community. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5PM EST on December 3, 2021. Electronic submission is required.

Located on a beautiful 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, the College has a working farm and forest. We enroll approximately 750 undergraduates and 100 graduates in a learning community committed to sustainable practices, social justice, and community engagement. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.

Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.