SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry   Syracuse , NY   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on November 9, 2022
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The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, NY, invites applications for a calendar-year, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the ESF Open Academy.


We are working to make online education programs an ever-greater part of ESF’s educational offerings. Our current priority is building the faculty pool that is part of the College’s online courses, certificates, and degree portfolio. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Management is a fully online A.S. to B.S. completion program that integrates discipline- and career-focused knowledge, skills, and perspectives based on the three pillars of sustainability. Emphasis is placed upon understanding how key environmental dimensions of sustainability are interdependent with socially and economically viable policies and practices. This program builds upon a broad and flexible foundation at the lower division with specialized sustainability coursework at the upper division. Students synthesize knowledge and skills and strengthen workforce-readiness through a capstone project.


Position Description:

We seek candidates for a full-time calendar-year tenure-track position in residence at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin by January 1, 2023. Successful candidates will teach courses in the online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Management program and play a key role in the delivery of this curriculum as well as mentor other faculty colleagues in the area of high-quality online teaching. The candidate will employ novel teaching methods for online courses in sustainability, broadly defined. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop an impactful research program in areas including sustainability and online pedagogy that promotes the broader mission of the College to advance knowledge and promote stewardship of both the natural and designed environments. The candidate is also expected to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate students and provide service to the unit, college, and profession. Very importantly, we seek candidates who share ESF’s commitment to sustainability; diversity and inclusion; undergraduate teaching; career readiness; and to working with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and collaborators.


We are committed to creating an online learning community characterized by the robust exchange of ideas in service to learning and career preparation - an exchange that resonates with the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. Therefore, we are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to and evidence of supporting diversity and inclusiveness.



  • Instruct courses within in the online Sustainability Management program; typically 3 fall courses, 2 spring courses, and 1 summer course
  • Develop and sustain a portfolio of scholarship in sustainability and/or online pedagogy
  • Collaborate with the ESF Teaching and Learning center to develop a community of practice in online teaching
  • Participate in college service

Required Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in sustainability or related field from an accredited institution
  • Experience teaching undergraduates in sustainability and/or a related field
  • Evidence of successful teaching in an online environment that includes regular and substantive interaction among and between students and instructors


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience in a public, private and/or non-profit organization that entailed sustainable policy, practice, and social responsibility
  • Demonstrated success in working in a team-based environment
  • Experience advising undergraduate students
  • Evidence of scholarship as it relates to online pedagogy in STEM


Application Procedure:

Application materials must be submitted on-line at  Include in your application:

  • A current C.V.
  • A narrative description of your background, interests, and qualifications for the position. Include

-          a discussion of your views (philosophical and practical) about teaching

-          your related immediate and longer-range plans for your professional practice and/or scholarship

-          a description of courses that you have taught or are prepared to teach, making linkages to the Sustainability Management program where possible

-          a statement about your experience with and/or interest in online education.

  • A list of at least three references with addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  Please indicate your professional and/or academic relationship to each person on this list.

Application Deadline:

This position is available immediately. Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by December 6, 2022 for optimal consideration.


Additional Information:

About the College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. The ESF main campus is in Syracuse, NY and has regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks.


Our College community is committed to being a leader in the evolving higher education landscape. In this spirit of ongoing innovation, we have formally established the ESF Open Academyan academic unit that encompasses the College’s summer semester, professional, and public education programs, as well as a renewed institutional commitment to online educational programming. 


Location:  The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. "The Places Rated Almanac" ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within easy travel to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Toronto as well as the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.


The ESF campus provides a rich array of curricular and co-curricular experiences with our main Syracuse campus just southeast of downtown Syracuse and our regional campuses stretching from southern Onondaga County to the Adirondacks. The Syracuse area, location of our main campus, is home to many cultural events, museums, state and local parks and numerous festivals throughout the year along with a growing downtown in the city of Syracuse. Onondaga County provides a variety of neighborhoods including urban, rural and suburban with strong schools, affordable housing and supportive communities.


Central New York is also home to numerous hospitals and medical facilities including SUNY Upstate Medical University, the St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, the VA Hospital of Syracuse and Crouse Hospital with all providing unique specialty areas to support the needs of the community.


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SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all its members. Diversity that arises from differences such as, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or religious traditions is central and indispensable to the institutional excellence and mission of the College.

ESF is actively recruiting diverse faculty of all backgrounds.   In efforts and our commitment to the goal of building a diverse workforce we are participating in PRODiG. PRODiG ("Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth") aims to increase the representation of historically underrepresented faculty at SUNY including underrepresented minority ("URM") faculty in general and women faculty of all races in STEM fields ("WSTEM").