School of Environmental Sustainability, Lecturer in Sustainability Science, Non-Tenure Track
Duties and Responsibilities
Loyola University Chicago has been committed to environmental sustainability for 20 years, having transformed its campuses to meet energy, water, and waste efficiencies that have consistently ranked the University in the top 5% of green campuses nationally. The new interdisciplinary School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) currently serves 500 undergraduate and graduate students, and is housed within a state-of-the-art geothermally heated/cooled building complex containing a 3,100 sq ft greenhouse, two aquaponics facilities, a biodiesel production facility, teaching & research labs, environmental analytical lab, ecotoxicology lab, and a green dormitory. The campus prioritizes sustainability with energy efficient LEED certified buildings, permeable pavement, green roof installations, and student-run urban gardens supplying the LUC Farmer’s Market. The Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC) has restoration projects in a 20-acre wetland and oak/hickory woodland, a 5-acre organic farm, and is a venue for three-week summer field courses and for faculty and student research in sustainable agriculture, ecology, and wetland restoration. For more information about SES, please see our website.
The SES expects to double its number of faculty in the next five years, strategically building toward five pillars of expertise. The SES faculty bring expertise from the multitude of disciplines that contribute to the understanding of and formulation of solutions to environmental problems, including natural science, social science, humanities, economics, business management, public health, law & policy, ethics, GIS, and statistics. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the SES is building its academic strengths in five affinity areas, each associated with a set of complex vexing social problems under the broader umbrella of environmental sustainability. These SES Affinity Groups include Biodiversity, Environment & Society, Food Systems, Climate & Energy, and Environmental Health & Toxicology.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in the fields of environmental sustainability, sustainability science, or a closely related field. The candidate must share Loyola University Chicago’s Jesuit commitment to social justice, care for our common home, and walking with the excluded, ideally evidenced through their scholarship, teaching and/or service. Candidates for the position should have a record of or clear potential for excellence in teaching and student mentorship.