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16 de noviembre de 2014

Faculty and Graduate Opportunities at Western State Colorado University (USA)

Graduate Fellowship: Sustainability and Resilience Outreach and Education Coordinator

Cold Harbor Sustainable Living Center (CSLC) and the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) program at Western State Colorado University (WSCU) are recruiting a Clark Environmental Fellow to begin work July 2015 under a $15,000 fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year, renewable for 2016-2017.
The mission of CSLS is to foster resilient living practices through education, research, and the implementation of social, environmental, and economic solutions. The successful Clark Environmental Fellow would be enrolled the MEM program while working for CSLC to develop and implement an applied masters project. The project will focus on developing education initiatives for strategic target audiences such as: low-income and minority populations, land managers, businesses, civic leaders, health practitioners, religious groups, and high school students. These education initiatives would apply a resilience perspective and experientially engage target audiences in: understanding dynamic social-ecological processes, exploring 21st century challenges, and developing triple-bottom line solutions. Candidates should be entrepreneurial self-starters who exhibit strong facilitative and collaborative skills in past leadership positions. This position will require creativity and vision, as well as the ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups to manage and execute a complex project.  Interested applicants should contact Ryan Atwell (ratwell@western.edu) and apply online to the MEM program in advance of the Dec. 1 deadline.  More information about this and other fellowships available at www.western.edu/memfellowships.

MEM Tenure Track Faculty Position, Focus in Public Lands Management and Policy

The Center for Environment and Sustainability (ENVS) at Western State Colorado University invites applications for a tenure-track professorship in its Master in Environmental Management (MEM) Programs.  We seek applicants with a Ph.D. in environmental studies, environmental policy, or a related field. Leadership experience relevant to public lands professions is required.  Responsibilities include teaching six graduate courses in the academic year, mentoring a cohort of master’s projects each year, and co-facilitating MEM summer activities. Successful candidates will teach MEM courses in public lands management, environmental policy, and areas of specialization. Responsibilities also include: optimizing the program’s ability to prepare students for public lands professions; building an extensive network of MEM recruits and organizational partners; elevating the Center’s capacity to influence public discourse; enhancing the undergraduate mission; and engaging in university service and professional activity. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to: a) working at the intersection of science, policy, and management in a trans-disciplinary setting, b) experiential and professional education, and c) excellence in teaching and mentoring.  Preference will be given to candidates who “cross over” between our two MEM tracks in Integrative Land Management and Sustainable & Resilient Communities, and who are dedicated to online and blended learning environments.  Please direct inquiries to John Hausdoerffer (jhausdoerffer@western.edu), MEM Director and search committee chair. Screening of applicants begins 1 Dec 2014.  Employment begins 1 July 2015. See: http://www.western.edu/administration/human-resources/jobs-western/faculty-and-exempt-job-announcements

Peace Corps International Partnership

We also have an partnership that allows students to complete a masters in conjunction with participation in the Peace Corps.


Background info on WSCU and the MEM program.

When it comes to interdisciplinary, management relevant approaches conservation biology and environmental studies, WSCU may be one of the best little known secrets in higher-education — a liberal arts state school located in a beautiful mountain valley with an excellent faculty devoted to teaching.  I have a very high degree of respect for our faculty colleagues and our 35 new MEM students come from 30 different undergrad schools and interdisciplinary backgrounds and career fields.  WSCU now has 11 ecologists and 7+ environmentally-oriented social scientists on staff — and all of our ecologists have interdisciplinary expertise.  I can say without reservation that, in the next several years, this will be a great professional masters-level programs in sustainability, resilience, ‘social-ecological systems,’ and 'triple bottom line' approaches to environmental problem solving.  The MEM program has two tracks, 'Integrated Land Management’ and ‘Sustainable and Resilient Communities.’  The program is applied, focussing on applying science to solve problems.  Students have the option to complete a capstone action-oriented projects embedded in an organization or agency, a research-based thesis, or some combination of both.  In addition to our residential program, we also have a distance option that allows mature working professionals to complete their masters through partial residence while continuing to work in their current job, the peace corps, VISTA, or other applied settings.  We are working hard to grow this unique program!

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