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.


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.


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)