Posted on: 16 January, 2019
Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Travelling Faculty, World Learning, IHP Climate Change program, various locations

The International Honors Program of the School for International Training is currently recruiting Traveling Faculty for our IHP Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy for either or both Fall 2019 & Spring 2020. We are an academically rigorous, multi-country study abroad program for undergraduates from across U.S. colleges and universities.

[Job posting / application instructions can be found on World Learning’s Jobs Site here]

–> Deadline: March 1, 2019, or until filled.

Program Description:

In the IHP Climate Change program, undergraduate students visit key sites in California, Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia to learn about the multi-scalar complexities of climate change through the lens of environmental justice and in comparative perspectives across different parts of the world. Through both classroom and field-based inquiry, our students examine the systemic causes and impacts of climate change and develop the ability to critically analyze the politics of mitigation and adaptation. We pay attention to the historically contingent ways in which power and social conflict mediate human impacts on the environment, and conversely, shape how environmental change impacts communities in socially differentiated forms. Students learn to interrogate the politics of knowledge at the science-policy interface, and debate the appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing this global, multifaceted crisis. Led by the travelling staff as well as host country coordinators, local faculty, and their teams, students learn from and engage with in-country academics and professionals; public servants and policy makers; civil society actors such as NGO managers, union members, and social movements leaders; and home-stay families. A significant component of the learning experience entails excursions to sites of food, water, and energy production/management.

Specific Responsibilities: Travelling faculty will teach two semester-long academic courses (see HERE for previous syllabii):

1) Political Economy and Environmental Change since 1492

2) Fieldwork Ethics and Comparative Research Methods

In addition to teaching two academic courses, travelling faculty are expected to participate in most aspects of the study abroad program schedule. This includes participation on site visits/excursions; attendance during local guest speakers/lectures; facilitation of guided reflection and synthesis sessions; support and communication with students both in and outside of the classroom; and close collaboration with the Trustees Fellow (the other travelling staff member primarily responsible for ongoing non-academic student support). The travelling faculty is not responsible for planning and executing country program schedules and logistics, as we have experienced in-country coordinators who play this role, but travelling faculty do provide input into the planning process for each country program.

Required Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidates should have the following:
  • A Ph.D. (ABD considered) in fields related to environmental studies, development studies, and political ecology such as political economy, environmental history, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, or other related field.
  • Experience teaching at the college level;
  • Commitment to experiential learning, including non-didactic methods that promote critical thinking and field-based research, discussion, and self-reflection;
  • Experience living and working abroad (preferred);
  • Research and/or practical experience related to environmental or development studies;
  • The physical stamina, emotional maturity, and mental health needed to lead an intensive, team-oriented study abroad program that covers four countries in four months;
  • The ability and desire to support and communicate with students throughout the study abroad experience both in and outside of the classroom.

–> Deadline: March 1, 2019, or until filled.

[Job posting / application instructions can be found on World Learning’s Jobs Site here]

Folks should feel free to contact nicolas.stahelin@gmail.com with any questions.

  1. In addition, folks with significant interest/involvement in food studies, urban studies, public health, human rights, or social entrepreneurshipmay be interested in Traveling Faculty openings in the following programs:
  • IHP Rethinking Food Security: Agriculture, People, and Politics
  • IHP Social Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Technology, Design, and Social Change
  • IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care
  • IHP Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy
  • IHP Cities of the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics

[Job postings can be found on World Learning’s Jobs Site here]