Augustana College — Environmental Studies: Professional Faculty

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a full-time (10-month) Professional Faculty position in Environmental Studies to teach and coordinate labs and the community-based research activities in the Upper Mississippi Center’s (UMC) Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI) beginning in August of the 2018-19 academic year. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus. Rock Island, Illinois, is part of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents, located about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.

Overview: The Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities (UMC) and the Departments of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies at Augustana College seek a motivated, organized, and action-oriented individual to manage activity for the Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative (SWLI). The Program Manager serves as an ambassador for the UMC and is responsible for building an effective culture of collaboration among Augustana faculty, administrators, staff, and community partners. This position requires strong skills in building and maintaining trusting relationships. The Program Manager will plan a key role in developing, implementing and coordinating the UMC’s SWLI. These duties will comprise approximately 50% of the Program Manager’s responsibilities.

The Program Manager will be expected to spend the remaining 50% of his/her time teaching courses, mentoring undergraduate student research, and managing related labs in the Departments of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies. The Program Manager will teach a minimum of 12 credits per academic year. These courses will include Introduction to GIS as well as lower- and upper-level courses in environmental studies and geology as assigned, including an immersive 3-week long January-term course. The person will be expected to contribute to the SWLI or other community-based sustainability projects. The Program Manager will spend the his/her time managing analytical labs, mentoring and supporting undergraduate student research in environmental studies, geology, and geography, and participating in related academic field trips

Essential Duties:

  1. Build strong and meaningful partnerships with community partners (primarily city and county administrators and staff) and Augustana faculty, administrators, and students;
  2. Serve as one of the main points of contact for the community partner and faculty involved in the Initiative. Ensure faculty, students, and community partner staff have information and resources they need for a successful partnership;
  3. Manage a large and complex initiative comprised of multiple projects that will require flexibility and shifting priorities;
  4. Develop and implement a method for planning and delivering the SWLI in an coherent, cohesive, and systematic way;
  5. In partnership with the UMC Director, supervise UMC student staff, fellows, and interns to carry out SWLI-related tasks;
  6. Provide general support to the UMC Director by assisting with events, administrative duties, and other projects as needed;
  7. Teach 12 credits of courses per academic year including Introduction to GIS and lower- and upper-level courses in environmental studies and geology as assigned; including an immersive 3-week long January-term course. Contribute to the SWLI or other community-based sustainability projects.
  8. Manage related analytical labs, mentor and support undergraduate student research in environmental studies, geology, and geography, and participate in related field trips.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned master’s degree in a relevant field (geology, geography, or environmental studies/science);
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, including ability to make presentations to large and small groups at local, regional, or national levels;
  • Evidence of an ability to work with a diverse array of stakeholders including faculty, students in multiple disciplines, city staff, etc.;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage several activities or projects at once;
  • Expertise in Arc-GIS technology and demonstrated ability to teach an introductory GIS course;
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in geology, environmental studies, or geography;
  • Demonstrated passion for and experience mentoring and facilitating undergraduate student research in geology, environmental studies, or geography;
  • Demonstrated experience managing related analytical labs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned PhD (ABD considered) in relevant field;
  • Technical familiarity or expertise with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy or scanning electron microscopy.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 25 pounds on a frequent basis

Special Requirements: As a key external and internal communicator, this position requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to a diverse student body and constituent base, and the ability and willingness to model the mission and high standard of behavior of Augustana College. This position does require limited travel, often by car, to establish and maintain relations with the community and/or other events as requested.

The college places a high priority on the creation of an environment supportive of promotion of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Details about Augustana College, our expectation of the faculty, the selection process and the Quad Cities all are available at the Faculty Search website:

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed.

Note: This job description is subject to change and is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee.

Application Instructions
To apply, please email application materials to using the subject line: Search #118-18 ENVR-UMC, and directed to Dr. Michael Reisner.

Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to: Search #118-18 ENVR-UMC, Office of Academic Affairs, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. A complete application will include:

  1. 1. Cover letter describing how you satisfy the qualifications for the position and ability to achieve the above-described responsibilities;
    2. Curriculum vitae documenting your educational and professional work experience;
    3. Copy of (unofficial) graduate school transcripts;
    4. Statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2-page limit) that describes your experience to teach the above-described courses;
    5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
    6. Names and contact information for three references.

The position will remain open until filled; however the first review of applications will occur on Monday, May 21, 2018. This position is expected to start on August 1, 2018. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Michael Reisner, UMC Director at The successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check.