Professor of Sustainability and 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 is 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. The academic focus of this position is broadly in the field of sustainability, especially as the connects to humans, the environment, and society. Expertise in some combination of environmental policy, advocacy, sustainable community development, rural economic development, and similar areas would be especially valuable. This position includes teaching and advising work with students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (i.e., graduate students pursuing a Master of Arts in Environmental Education). Undergraduate responsibilities involve helping to deliver an immersive residential fall sustainability semester at Merry Lea, and teaching courses both in that program and on campus. This position includes time for ongoing research and writing in the candidates’ expertise.

In addition to the master’s, 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.

Successful candidates should be able to teach such courses as Environmental Policy & Politics, Research Methods & Measurements, or Sustainability Seminars. Other possible topics would be in the candidate’s area of expertise and may include such courses as Environmental Issues & History, Sustainable Living Skills, and other new courses that the candidate and the department may wish to develop.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree in environmental or sustainability sciences or education, sustainable economic development, environmental policy, or any broadly related field.


  • 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

  • Work with SEED colleagues to deliver the Sustainability Semester each fall, by participating in planning & implementation meetings, contributing to curriculum review and revision, and assisting with recruiting students to the program.
  • Teach 2 courses in the Sustainability Semester each fall
  • Teach 2 courses on campus each year (spring and/or May terms)
  • Participate in SEED 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 one course within the MAEE program.
  • 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.
  • Depending on successful candidates’ background, collaborate with SEED and Merry Lea colleagues in the development, assessment, and revision of environmental ed curriculum offered in Merry Lea PreK-12 programs to ensure quality in those programs, as well as providing the best practicum learning experiences for graduate students.
  • Participate in MAEE planning & implementation meetings

General Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participate in Merry Lea staff meetings, departmental meetings and appropriate subgroup meetings to provide input pertinent to decision making and program development.
  • Assist with recruitment activities and processes related to the potential undergraduate and graduate students for the Sustainability and Environmental Education Department.
  • Attend academic faculty meetings at Goshen College
  • Participate in Merry Lea public relations activities, especially those related to graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Participate in occasional Merry Lea environmental education outreach programs where appropriate.
  • Promote Merry Lea’s interests in its service area and strengthen the ties between Merry Lea and its constituents. Develop formal and informal relationships with the surrounding community.


  • The research expectations include an active level of investigation. The potential areas for research at Merry Lea include but are not limited to:
    • Influence and impact of sustainability and environmental education
    • Intersection of environment and community (e.g. community planning, etc)
    • Natural resource conservation, rural development, etc.
  • Work with the director of the Institute for Ecological Regeneration (IER) and the IER team in determining research foci and collaboration opportunities.

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 College
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111