The department of Outdoor Leadership at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC invites applications for a faculty position with a focus in outdoor adventure education. The Outdoor Leadership program is rooted in the liberal arts and deeply committed to the college’s values of social justice, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This is a full-time, 10 month, continuing faculty position in an extended contract system, with a start date of July 1, 2022.
Successful applicants will teach both theoretical/philosophical courses and experiential/field-based courses in the Outdoor Leadership major. While we welcome applications from all areas of outdoor education, we are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience and interest in one of the following areas: nature and/or wilderness-based therapeutic programming, or outdoor/environmental education and interpretation. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ways in which their teaching and research will advance the goals of community-based collaboration, equity and justice, interdepartmental programming, and experiential learning.
Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Warren Wilson College provides an educational experience that emphasizes work, academics and community engagement in the pursuit of civic identity development. With 1,135 acres of mountains, forests and farmland on our own campus, and close proximity to national parks and forest land, rocks and rivers, we live and work in an ideal environment to study, teach and play in the outdoors. In a region heralded for its biodiversity, opportunities for outdoor pursuits, and outdoor business potential, the Outdoor Leadership department aims to leverage these opportunities, while mentoring students in best practices related to critical environmental and social justice issues.
Teach 24 credits (generally three 4-credit courses/semester) in the Outdoor Leadership major and related concentrations
Serve as an academic advisor for majors and minors in the ODL department
Engage in service to the department, college, community, and profession
Assist in student recruitment and retention initiatives
Support aspects of general programming such as outdoor equipment management, safety and risk management policy/procedure implementation, supervision of student teaching assistants, etc.
Explore opportunities for immersive field work and faculty-led study away courses
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a curriculum vitae. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by 5PM EST on October 25, 2021. Electronic submission is required.
Warren Wilson College is an independent liberal arts college located on a beautiful 1135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the edge of Asheville, North Carolina. The college’s educational model integrates academics, campus work, and community engagement for a rich, challenging student experience. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.
Warren Wilson College is committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Earned doctorate with at least one degree in outdoor recreation, experiential education, adventure education, environmental education, or closely related field. ABD will be considered.
Evidence of successful college/university teaching experience both in the classroom and outdoor (frontcountry and backcountry) settings
Demonstrated commitment to working with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated professional experience in outdoor and adventure education programming
Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and scholarship
Ability to teach in some or all of the following areas: backcountry skills and techniques, challenge course management, facilitation and group development, wilderness therapy techniques, leadership, nature and wellness
Teaching and/or professional experience in wilderness therapy or other forms of nature-based therapy
Two or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level
Commitment to interdisciplinary, experiential, and applied learning pedagogies
Past work in diverse or multicultural environments
Training and instructional experience with multi-day/multi-week expeditions
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.