Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) seeks applications for a three-year, renewable leadership position of SES Associate Dean of Faculty (ADF) starting on January 1, 2023. The Associate Dean of Faculty will work closely with the Dean and senior leadership team to help guide the development and growth of the SES while shaping its new faculty hires. The SES particularly encourages faculty of color to apply.
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 School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) is the newest School at Loyola University Chicago, and is focused on education, research and the practice of environmental sustainability. The new 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 a wetland restoration project in a 20-acre wetland, 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 short term goal of the SES is to double the number of faculty in the next five years and strategically build toward five pillars of expertise. The SES faculty bring expertise from the multitude of disciplines that make up Environmental Science 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 which can be defined as 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 ADF will work closely with the senior leadership to inform the strategy for growth and directionality, hire new faculty, and build and strengthen the teaching, research and professional development of all faculty. An important element of growth management in SES is continued facilitation of the strong culture of camaraderie, cooperation and collaboration among faculty and staff as we grow.
Primary responsibilities of the SES Associate Dean of Faculty include:
- Helping develop and implement the strategy for the growth and success of the SES. Conducting regularly scheduled SES faculty meetings and assisting with conducting the annual faculty & staff retreat where strategy, planning and assessment occur.
- Informing and overseeing the hiring of new faculty, providing search committees with their charges and process, onboarding new faculty
- Facilitating faculty professional development, guiding both teaching faculty and tenure stream faculty through the promotion process, and conducting annual evaluations of faculty performance. Maintaining records of faculty promotion schedules, leave of absence schedules, and teaching releases
- Mentoring, supporting and evaluating faculty teaching
- Facilitating tenure stream faculty with research development and productivity
- Serving as the liaison between SES and Faculty Administration in the Provost’s office
- Scheduling classes and managing section numbers and sizes including hiring and onboarding part-time adjunct faculty to cover sections, when necessary
- Assisting the Associate Dean of Academics with curricular changes and modifications for the UG and Graduate programs
- Helping design, advance and implement new strategic initiatives, policies, and governance guidelines in the SES as they pertain to faculty
- Competence on the Power BI platform; running reports and making graphs on SES faculty and student data
Qualified applicants will hold a PhD degree in environmental science, social science, or related field, and hold a full-time tenured faculty position at the preferred rank of Associate or Full Professor. Applicants with administrative experience as department chair or Assistant Dean are highly preferred. This is a 12-month, full-time major administrative appointment that reports directly to the Dean. An SES Assistant Dean and Administrative Operations Manager aid in facilitating the work of the Associate Deans.
Please submit a 2 page letter of interest with your CV and the names and contact information of 3 references to https://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/21710. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information, please contact Sarah Hokenmaier at email@example.com School of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago.