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,



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.


Review of applications begins October 15, 2014.  Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice. The University of Colorado seeks candidates for a position of assistant professor in the area of Environmental Justice (EJ) who work on the normative dimensions of inequality, capacity, or recognition within one or more topical areas in environmental studies (e.g. hazardous waste and other point-source pollution, access to water or other natural resources, food systems, or climate change). Candidates with training in philosophy, political science, law and policy, legal theory, sociology, anthropology, public health, history, geography, environmental studies, or other relevant areas are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be able to bridge multiple disciplines and connect normative and descriptive dimensions of EJ scholarship.

The successful candidate will have a primary appointment in the Environmental Studies program (ENVS) at CU-Boulder. The ENVS Program is a dynamic, internationally recognized program with over 25 faculty, 55 graduate students, and approximately 800 undergraduate majors ( Applicants are encouraged to visit this site to learn more about ENVS's broad curriculum and interdisciplinary composition.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014 and will continue until the appointment is made. Please submit a cover letter indicating interest in the position, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, statements of research and teaching interests (at the graduate and undergraduate levels), and three letters of recommendation and/or complete contact information for at least three referees to, posting #F01759. Candidates should use these documents to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to research and education in environmental studies. A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in disciplines related to environmental studies at the time of appointment, evidence of current scholarly activity as well as a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education are required.

Potential candidates seeking additional information, or those wishing to submit nominations, may contact the Search Committee Chair, Benjamin Hale, at The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at


Review of applications begins October 15, 2014. Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies Emphasis in Literature and/or Sustainability. The Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in American Indian literature or environmental sustainability. We seek candidates with rigorous publication records. Commitment to collaborate with indigenous communities, practice-based research agenda, and interdisciplinary teaching ability desired.  Ph.D. or M.F.A required.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Please submit (1) application letter, (2) CV, (3) scholarly writing sample, (4) three relevant course syllabi, and (5) three reference letters to Review of applications begins October 15, 2014.  Incomplete applications not considered.



Review of applications begins October 15, 2014. College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering (CERSE), Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies Division Director. Colorado School of Mines invites applications for Director of the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies. This exceptional opportunity is for a scholar-educator to advance and shape the critical role of humanities and social sciences within the mission of a technological university.

The Division Director is responsible for all aspects of academic leadership, management, planning and operations in the Division. By serving as an advocate for the Division in collaboration with university administration and academic faculty, the Director will lead the department in defining and delivering a humanities and social sciences curriculum that supports the mission, vision, and values of Mines. The Director will collaborate with LAIS faculty to enhance and create new opportunities for humanities and social sciences education at Mines. The Director will also promote cross-campus collaboration between humanities and social science faculty in an applied science and engineering setting, oversee the division’s interdisciplinary programs, support faculty research initiatives, encourage pedagogical excellence and work to recruit and retain faculty.

The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate in any humanities or social sciences field or closely related area (e.g., engineering education, engineering and public policy) and a demonstrated record of exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service meriting appointment at the rank of full professor. (In addition to applicants who are currently full professors, consideration will be given to those who are senior associate professors with academic credentials sufficiently advanced to meet the qualifications for the rank of Full Professor at Mines.)

For full job posting and how to apply see:


October 24, 2014. University of California Santa Barbara - English Department
Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Literature & Environment
. We invite applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the areas of Literature and Environment, beginning July 1, 2015. We seek literary scholars working in the environmental humanities in any historical period and area of specialization, including global and area studies. To complement our existing strengths, we are especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on climate, critical science studies, and public advocacy/activist literatures.  The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of courses in environmental literature and theory, and contribute to the department’s Literature and Environment specialization and other collaborative research centers, as well as campus-wide interdisciplinary initiatives in the environmental humanities and environmental studies.

We seek a colleague who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. Please visit the UCSB English website for further information about the department's centers and programs (

Ph.D. expected at the time of appointment. To ensure full consideration, complete the online application process by October 24, 2014. Please submit your letter of application, CV, writing sample (25pp or less), and at least 3 letters of recommendation to:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Review of applications begins October 31, 2014. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CULTURE & ENVIRONMENT, Appalachian State University. The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2015. We seek broadly trained applicants with expertise in Culture and Environment, whose work is in the environmental humanities and/or the humanistic social sciences and situated in the larger context of sustainable development. The area of specialization is open. Candidates must have a PhD by the beginning of the appointment.

The successful candidate will have the ability to teach courses in global and/or postcolonial environmental literature, environmental humanities, and upper-level coursework in the candidate’s area of expertise. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research and a strong desire to contribute to a vibrant, growing department. We welcome applications from candidates whose work links two or more disciplines. The department is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment.

The teaching load is three courses per semester for faculty with an active research agenda. Faculty must be able to maintain a productive level of scholarship and participate regularly in curriculum development, student advisement, and service activities.

Applications should include: 1) a letter of interest that includes discussion of relevant scholarly research and teaching philosophy; 2) a curriculum vitae, including contact information for at least three references; and 3) a 500-word maximum statement articulating your approach to the interface of sustainable development and Culture and Environment, including a discussion of how your work will complement the department’s existing emphases on sustainable agriculture, critical development studies, and environmental studies.

Any questions regarding the position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jennifer Westerman, at All application materials should be submitted as a single PDF file to Dr. Westerman. Review of applications will begin October 31, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

Appalachian State University is a member of the University of North Carolina system. Located in Boone, NC, the University has approximately 17,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. The Sustainable Development Department is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and practice from across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The Department is uniquely qualified to contribute to the University’s commitment to building a “just and sustainable future.” Additional information is available at Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs or activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or sexual orientation.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Jennifer Westerman at Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.


Review of applications begins November 1, 2014. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, seeks an interdisciplinary scholar at the rank of Assistant Professor whose work is grounded in the Environmental Humanities or the Arts. Preferred research and teaching interests include gender studies, critical studies, and/or international perspectives on environmental issues. This position begins in Fall 2015; Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed by August 2015. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory Environmental Studies courses; the successful candidate will have opportunities to teach existing and/or create upper-division courses in her/his area of expertise. We seek an excellent teacher with demonstrated ability to facilitate active student engagement and to provide effective mentoring to undergraduate researchers.

The Environmental Studies program at Westminster College is an interdisciplinary program with concentrations in humanities, science, and the civic environment. Students are engaged in research, activism, and creative activities around the Salt Lake City urban area and across Utah. Student learning is enhanced by robust co-curricular programming through the Environmental Center, with opportunities such as the Westminster Bicycle Collective, the Organic Garden, STARS campus sustainability research, and ongoing collaborations with community partners such as Utahns Against Hunger. Since beginning less than ten years ago, the Environmental Studies major has grown to nearly 70 students and includes an impressive list of alumni accomplishments as researchers, activists, scholars, and entrepreneurs.

Westminster College’s commitment to diversity and global learning is revealed in its core values, mission and vision statements, and learning goals. We seek candidates who can demonstrate skills, experience, and potential to facilitate the learning of all students, including those historically-underrepresented in higher education (such as students of color, LGBT+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and more).  

Westminster College is a private, comprehensive liberal arts college that enrolls approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. For more information on the College, the School, and other regional information, please visit


Review of Applications Begins November 3, 2014. Humboldt State University
Faculty Tenure-Track Position, Department of English.

Full PDF of Job Description and application process:

Humboldt State University’s Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Writing Practices. We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor Level; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. 

Professional Qualifications:  An earned MFA, PhD or equivalent in Creative Writing or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred at time of appointment.  Applicants with progress towards terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered.  Completion of the terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment. 

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
• Record of publication in regional or national venues;
• Ability to teach Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction at the undergraduate level;
• Ability to teach environmental writing, and related subfields such as race and the environment;
• Ability to supervise student publication;
• Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
• Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and creative or scholarly activity;
• Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies;
• Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and
• Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.

Preferred qualifications for this position might include, but are not limited to:
• Ability to teach poetry;
• Ability to teach writing in new and alternative media;
• Ability to teach advocacy writing;
• Ability to teach advanced research writing;
• Ability to teach scientific, technical, or professional writing.

Application:  Qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials:
• Letter of application;
• Curriculum vitae;
• Writing sample (no more than 25 pages);
• An Application for Academic Employment: ;
• Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
• Three letters of recommendation.

Signed letters of recommendation may be e-mailed or mailed separately from the other application materials.  Submission of the remaining application materials should be sent as a single PDF document, in the order listed above to:

In letter of application, please refer to Job #7601. Please direct any questions pertaining to this position to:
Mary Ann Creadon, Search Committee Chair
Department of English
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone (707) 826-5931

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled.  First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 3, 2014.  Early response is encouraged.


November 15. 2014. Tenure-Track Position – Assistant Professor of American Literature. The Department of English at McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will develop a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor. The teaching assignment is 12 credits (4 courses) per academic year. Evidence of scholarly promise is a major consideration. Knowledge of French and some teaching experience are assets for this position. Applicants must have a PhD in hand or be very near completion. The appointment begins 1 August 2015. Inquiries about this position can be sent to Information about the Department, its programs, and courses may be found at

Complete applications including curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (20-30 pages) must be submitted no later than 15 November 2014. Application materials should be addressed to Professor Trevor Ponech, Chair, Department of English. All materials, including referees’ letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. More information is available at


December 1, 2014. Northwestern University, Science in Human Culture Program
Postdoctoral Fellowships
. The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2017. Two Fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine in any region of the world and from any of a range of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department in Weinberg College (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.). Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter undergraduate classes (typically one seminar and one lecture) over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year. Fellows will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both SHC and their affiliated departments and to deliver one public lecture each year.

In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 1, 2014. Important additional information including salary, prerequisites, FAQs, and detailed submission instructions appears on our website at:

Administrative questions not addressed on the webpage should be directed to Natasha Dennison at Substantive questions may be addressed to the program director at For more information about departments or programs in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, see




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)