Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education/Program Director of the Master’s Program in Environmental Education

Goshen college invites application for a full-time appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education, starting July 2022. This appointment includes serving as the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Environmental Education program, based at the college’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.

This position supports the academic mission of Goshen College and Merry Lea by teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to sustainability and environmental education. Additionally, the successful candidate will provide ongoing leadership for the Master of Arts in Environmental Education (MAEE). As MAEE Program Director, the successful applicant leads ongoing curriculum development and delivery, oversees the recruitment and admission of graduate students, supports the progress of students through the program, assists with planning and budget development, and collaborates with other institutions of higher education and professional organizations as applicable. A portion of the contract time is allocated for ongoing faculty research, with other opportunities available in non-contract periods. The academic focus of this position is in the field of environmental and/or sustainability education. A doctorate in a field of environmental education, administration, or closely related areas is required.

In addition to the MAEE, the department offers majors in Sustainability Studies and Sustainable Food Systems, and minors in the same areas. We also collaborate frequently with colleagues across campus in many departments. Merry Lea is a field station of a liberal arts college, so the students we work with tend to be highly motivated, but also often are in small cohorts. Thus we value robust collaboration within our faculty team and also with students, and we will prioritize candidates who have demonstrated interest and creativity around interdisciplinary collaboration and coalition-building. A history of collaborative grants (whether federal, foundation-based, or elsewise) would be a strong indicator of that capability. Lastly, as we seek to inspire future educators, someone who is them-self a strong and passionate educator is deeply desired.

Goshen College is a teaching-focused college, and all teaching faculty serve on institution-wide committees and assist with advising, as well as help to recruit prospective students. The successful candidate must be ready to contribute to our strong tradition of excellence in research and publication as well as teaching. The college has a robust history of international education programs, and opportunities exist to teach short-term classes internationally as well.

Successful candidates should be able to teach such courses as Principles of Environmental Education , International Environmental Education  (part of a partnership in the Bahamas), or Field Experiences in Environmental Education. Other possible topics would be in the candidate’s area of expertise and may include such courses as: Sustainability & Regeneration, Faith, Peacemaking, and the Environment, and other new courses that the candidate and the department may wish to develop.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed Doctoral degree with expertise in an area of environmental and/or  sustainability education.
  • Previous experience in administration of an academic program.


  • Collaborative, innovative teacher-scholars dedicated to undergraduate teaching in an inclusive academic and campus community.
  • Excellent aptitude and ability in teaching and educational technology
  • Mentorship of student research
  • Active engagement in research and publishing
  • Public speaking and public relations
  • Interest in community collaboration and service
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and students
  • Contribute knowledge and ideas to department and college endeavors

Preferred preparation

  • Experience teaching diverse college students
  • Scholarly publications

Essential Functions:

Undergraduate Responsibilities

  • Teach one course in the immersive Sustainability Semester based at Merry Lea each fall
  • In alternate May Terms, teach the environmental ed practicum for preservice teachers
  • Participate in department meetings; provide input to curriculum planning & assessment
  • Together with SEED colleagues, advise students through their studies at Goshen

Graduate Responsibilities: MA in Environmental Education (MAEE) Program

  • Teach 2-3 courses in the graduate environmental education program each year
  • Lead the processes related to the major projects MAEE students complete, including the assignment of each student to an appropriate advisor
  • Advise 1-3 graduate students per year on all aspects of their major projects. These can overlap with your own research interests, although some may be entirely student-driven.
  • Provide leadership in ongoing development and implementation of the MAEE program
  • Lead group and individual meetings with faculty delivering the graduate program
  • Interact with other Goshen College faculty and administrators (i.e. the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, etc) to coordinate broader graduate program strategies.
  • Oversee recruitment activities and admission processes related to the potential students for the master’s in environmental education. This includes ongoing communication with the Goshen College Admissions team, as well as with prospective students directly.
  • Collaborate with other Merry Lea administrators around annual budgeting, environmental education outreach programming, and other aspects of Merry Lea operations that influence graduate students, or vice versa.
  • Network with professional environmental education organizations and other institutions that award environmental education degrees.


  • Conduct ongoing research/scholarship relevant to the field, especially where those projects can be done in conjunction with students
  • Disseminate findings through publications and presentations

Work Environment/Environmental Conditions:

Although some teaching and activities of this position are based on Goshen College’s campus, it is located primarily at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center (28 miles southeast of Goshen). Merry Lea is comprised of 1,189 acres of diverse ecosystems and is managed as a preserve. There are multiple program sites and facilities including classroom and office space.

Inside environmental conditions will exist for a good portion of the time, but does include significant work outside where there may be exposure to inclement weather, exposure to pollen and spores, venomous snakes, ticks, and biting insects that are a part of an intentionally natural environment.

About Goshen College

Goshen College is a Christian liberal arts institution that prepares students to thrive in life, leadership and service. We rank nationally in the top five of liberal arts colleges for international education , with 71% of the student body studying abroad. We strive to model an inclusive community committed to transformative justice, peace, and sustainability.

The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County, within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere with an active arts community, a vibrant and entrepreneurial downtown, the Maple City Greenway network of bicycle paths, and affordable housing prices.

How to Apply

Please be sure to provide all required materials noted below, as incomplete applications may not be considered. Application materials may be attached to the Faculty Application Form or sent electronically to


  • Complete the online Faculty Information Form
  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of three professional references with contact information
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies acceptable in application process with official transcripts required for employment)

Review of applications will begin January 5, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. With a commitment to building a diverse faculty and staff, underrepresented persons are encouraged to apply.

Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

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Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111