Jobs, Fellowships & Award Competitions


Below are any postings sent to ASLE regarding jobs, fellowships and award contests that might be of interest to our members or others in the field of literature and environment or related fields. If you would like to post information about a job, fellowship, writing contest or related opportunity, please contact the ASLE Managing Director,



Posted July 25, 2014. Visiting Assistant Professor, Writing Studies. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg invites applications for a non-tenure-track, visiting assistant professor position in Writing Studies. This is a nine-month, full-time teaching appointment for a single academic year. Teaching load is 4/4 (12 hours per semester). The successful candidate will have experience teaching college writing and should be a specialist in rhetoric and composition, professional writing, or closely related field and must have strong interest and experience in first-year writing. Duties include primarily teaching first-year composition and professional writing with the possibility of teaching upper-level coursesduring the year depending on qualifications and department need. We especially welcome applicants with expertise in any of the following areas: digital media; online pedagogy; technical communication theory andpedagogy; visual rhetoric; and workplace writing. The successful candidate should have the capacity to teach, research, advise, and provide leadership.

Qualifications. Mimimum: Masters in English or a related field; a record of successful teaching of college-level writing in composition with experience using portfolios, Google Apps, and an ability to use an LMS such as Canvas. Excellent communication skills are required. Preferred: ABD or PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or Technical and Professional Communication; a record of highly successful undergraduate teaching in first-year composition, technical and/or business writing, and/or visual rhetoric; engagement with innovative teaching/learning technologies; and/or relevant graduate coursework or scholarship.

Apply online at Position 4785


Review of applications begins October 1, 2014. Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program. The successful candidate will have a commitment to both undergraduate teaching and research; area of specialization within the humanities is open. Strong preference given to candidates with ability to teach courses on environmental ethics and history of environmental thought, an introductory course on sustainability as part of our University Studies Program, plus upper level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Research focus outside of North America and Western Europe preferred.  The position involves advising ES majors and program building. Ph.D. required; teaching experience preferred. Candidates should send 1) a cover letter explaining interdisciplinary range, experience, and vision for Environmental Studies, 2) a teaching statement, a list courses they can teach or would like to develop, and teaching evaluations if available; 3) research agenda; 4) curriculum vitae; 5) a writing sample; 6) transcripts (photocopies acceptable); 7) three current letters of recommendation. Send materials to Dr. Jim Feldman, Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh WI 54901, We will begin reviewing applications on October 1. UW Oshkosh is a national leader in campus sustainability in both operations and curriculum, and Environmental Studies is a vibrant, engaged, and supportive program. UW Oshkosh values diversity and is an AA/EOE institution.






June 15, 2014. Vermont Studio Center Fellowships for Artists and Writers.

The Vermont Studio Center holds three annual fellowship deadlines, with new juries and different awards each time. In 2013, VSC awarded 124 fellowships to artists and writers. In 2014, VSC has increased by 50% the number of VSC fellowships available to all artists and writers based on merit. Apply online at

There are 43 fellowships are available at our June 15, 2014 deadline:


Writer-in-Residence and Artist-in-Residence Program, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, Clermont, KY (ongoing)

Fulbright Scholar Program (ongoing)

Travel Grants, Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma (ongoing)

National Humanities Center Fellowships (ongoing)





September 30, 2014. Ashland Creek Press first annual book award: The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. The contest is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and publication by Ashland Creek Press. The submission deadline is September 30, 2014. For complete writers’ guidelines, visit

“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. The prize seeks work that redefines our notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. The award isn’t for books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, the prize will be open to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.

Prize judge Karen Joy Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of three short story collections and six novels, most recently We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Her books’ honors and awards include two New York Times Notable Books, the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize, and the World Fantasy Award.

The Siskiyou Prize is named for the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northern California and southern Oregon, one of the most diverse eco-regions in the world. Considered a global center of biodiversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou region is an inspiring example of the importance of preservation.  For more information, visit or


Midwestern Studies Book Award Competition (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and Ohio University Press) (ongoing)