Instructor in the Middlebury School of the Environment for Summer 2018

Yunnan: China (Summer 2018: June 5 - July 28)
Excellent salary with travel, room and board, and insurance coverage for six weeks
Nov 30, 2017
Jan 29, 2018
Salary Type

The Middlebury School of the Environment is pleased to announce an open faculty position in the field of Environmental Conservation (Biodiversity, Ecology, Botany, or Field Naturalist). The position is available during the summer 2018 session in Kunming and Dali in Yunnan province, China. The Middlebury School of the Environment is a 6-week summer program for undergraduates that couples a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum on the study of the environment with training in the leadership skills necessary to effect positive environmental change. This is a unique opportunity to foster a community of learners among adventurous students from around the world. The 2018 program dates are June 15-July 27. Faculty must be available in China from June 5-July 28.

Prior experience in China is not required. Courses will be taught in English.

Please visit the website for the Middlebury School of the Environment ( for more details about the School.

Teaching responsibilities:

  1. Understanding Place, an interdisciplinary course that explores the concept of placemaking and nurtures students’ appreciation for the uniqueness of place. This course will be team taught with an environmental planner and a humanist.
  2. Environmental Analysis, co-taught through specialized modules. Explores environmental problem solving through field methods, data driven decision making and persuasive communication.

In addition to the salary, travel, lodging and a meal plan will be provided.


The successful candidate should possess a doctorate (or be ABD) in the field of Environmental Conservation (Biodiversity, Ecology, Botany, or Field Naturalist). Candidates must also possess strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate success as a teacher.

Preference will be given to applicants whose curricular interests take advantage of the field opportunities available in Yunnan China, which boasts extensive and diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (such as Erhai Lake and the eastern slopes of the Himalayan Mountains). Strong applicants will display a venturesome spirit and desire to collaborate with dynamic faculty to create an integrated, imaginative curriculum. Instructors with experience in living/learning environments and experiential education are desired. A candidate with a creative, dynamic, and easy-going approach – along with a spirit of collaboration – will be an excellent fit with the School of the Environment.  Applications will be considered without regard to current position, from graduate student to emeritus professor. What matters is one’s commitment to instructional excellence and active engagement with students.


Application deadline is January 10, 2018

Candidates should submit:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. CV
  3. names and contact information (including email address) for two people who can provide professional references
  4. A teaching statement that describes: (a) your philosophy and background with international experiential education and/or teaching in living/learning environments; and (b) how you would approach a team-taught, interdisciplinary course titled Environmental Analysis that includes explicit field experiences.

Please submit your application via Interfolio:

Please contact Dr. Curt Gervich ( or Dr. Liou Xie ( if you have any questions.