1 YR Environmental Studies VAP - St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's College of Maryland: Academic Affairs: Environmental Studies


Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Location: St. Mary's City, Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland invites applications for a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, starting August 2016. St. Mary’s has a newly established and popular major in environmental studies, and we are interested in finding a colleague equipped to help further develop our program. The successful applicant will be an outstanding teacher, a rigorous scholar, and an innovative member of our growing academic community. We are especially interested in an individual with teaching interests focused on the intersection of science and policy, and candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who can effectively bridge these areas are encouraged to apply.

Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located in Historic St. Mary's City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Maryland's public honors college. With highly selective admissions policies, academically talented students, and a rigorous curriculum, we offer a small college experience similar to that found at exceptional private colleges. Research and recreational opportunities abound on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay and by virtue of our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.


A strong candidate will have a PhD before August 2016, interest in teaching in a liberal arts context, and a high level of commitment to creative, undergraduate education. We would prefer someone prepared to involve students in research and conference activities; and to help create local, national, and international field-studies opportunities. The teaching load is three courses per semester, and will include ENST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies, an intermediate Topics in Environmental Policy course, an introductory or intermediate environmental science course, and other offerings aligned with the candidate’s area of expertise. Examples of other desirable courses include but are not limited to natural resource policy or management (preferably concentrating on estuarine or coastal systems); environmental policy, law, or governance; environmental justice and social movements; energy policy; climate change, and GIS or other quantitative field methods.

Application Instructions

St. Mary’s College embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission. We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity. Application materials must include:

  • a cover letter (describing academic interests, experience, and a brief description of potential courses)
  • a CV
  • a statement of teaching philosophy incorporating an explanation of how the applicant’s teaching at the College will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity
  • evidence of teaching and leadership effectiveness
  • List of three references, with contact information

Questions about this position may be directed to Professor Sue Johnson, Chair, Search Committee, atsrjohnson@smcm.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary’s College of Maryland (www.smcm.edu) is an AA/EOE employer. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.