Outdoor Environmental Education & Research Postdoctoral Fellow Position

May 2020

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) at the University of California, Los Angeles invites applications for a position of Postdoctoral Scholar in outdoor environmental education research, curriculum development, and instruction. This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with a start date preferred by August 1, 2020. Salary range is $55,596 to $61,800, commensurate with experience, with full University benefits. This appointment is for one year, with the potential to continue a second year, dependent on funding.

The IoES has been given the opportunity to transform 3.5 acres of native CA habitat on the UCLA campus, known as Sage Hill, into a space for formal hands-on teaching and undergraduate research. The Postdoctoral Scholar, hereafter referred to as the Fellow, will work with faculty across the disciplines to research, develop, and assess college-level outdoor educational activities, labs, and courses. The Fellow will also collaborate with faculty and students to develop and assess a program to support individual and team undergraduate research projects.

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Sage Hill at UCLA

The position is 50% research and 50% teaching. The Fellow is required to design and implement an independent research project in college-level outdoor education under the mentorship of the Associate Director and Director of the IoES. Producing evidence for excellence in teaching and publication of research related to the impact of the curriculum development and/or undergraduate research program is expected.

The Fellow is expected to contribute to IoES programs by teaching three courses. One course will be part of the environmental science senior Practicum which involves advising a team of 5-7 students doing research related to developing Sage Hill as an outdoor laboratory. One course will be a lecture class, likely team taught. The third class is to be determined. We seek a start date of August 1 because we anticipate the possible need to develop on-line teaching materials.

There will be many opportunities for the Fellow to participate in faculty development and pedagogical training activities through the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Candidates should have completed their PhD in ecology, environmental studies, traditional ecological knowledges, outdoor education, or other related field in the last 3 years and have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Successful candidates will have experience with outdoor research and/or outdoor education. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to engage with diverse students including those from tribal or other underrepresented minority communities. Familiarity with classroom and remote teaching technology is also preferred. English fluency is required.

The Fellow will be under the supervision of Dr. Cully Nordby, Associate Director of IoES, and Prof. Peter Kareiva, Director of IoES. There is the potential for the Fellow to work directly with additional IoES faculty as appropriate: www.ioes.ucla.edu/people/faculty/

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter expressing their interest in the position, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, one-page proposal for an outdoor education research project, and the names and contact information for three references. If available, candidates also should supply copies of student evaluations, and any other instructional or research materials candidates feel would assist the search committee with an evaluation of their application.

Email all materials to: Dr. Cully Nordby nordby@ucla.edu, please use the subject line “Sage Hill Postdoc Application”.

Review of applications will begin May 18th and continue until the position is filled.

As a land grant institution, the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands).

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