Full-Time Instructor Position

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Academic Sustainability Programs hires a full-time instructor

Academic Sustainability Programs is pleased to announce that Auburn University has hired for the first time a full-time Instructor in Sustainability Studies, to participate in teaching both SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability, and SUST 5000 Senior Capstone in Sustainability, beginning Fall Semester 2019.

The introductory course has grown rapidly in size over the past several years, reaching up to 150 students each fall, and up to 75 in the spring, with students on the waiting lists. As such, this course is now large enough to support a full-time instructor, who will replace the hiring of many part-time instructors to each teach one section of the course. This will allow our teaching program to become more "sustainable", with better continuity among semesters, more consistency among sections of the course each semester, and the ability for long-term development of new teaching ideas by an instructor who is focusing on sustainability studies.

The program will continue to welcome guest lectures in our courses, by faculty who are experts in topic areas that are not central to the instructor's area of expertise. Hiring a full-time instructor will also ease the teaching load for SUST 5000 each spring semester, in which the instructor will be paired with a senior faculty member due to the advanced nature of this projects-based capstone course.

The ability to hire a full-time sustainability instructor at Auburn University is evidence of the growth of our instructional program. An ever-increasing number of Auburn students are choosing to enroll in the introductory course each year, either as a free elective, as a Social Studies option in the Core Curriculum, as a course toward the Minor in Sustainability Studies, or in some cases as a required course toward their major. For example, SUST 2000 is now required for majors offered by the Aviation Department: https://cla.auburn.edu/aviation/, and for the Global Studies Major in the College of Human Sciences: http://humsci.auburn.edu/acad/files/gshs.pdf .


We are pleased to be able to expand our teaching program, and look forward to our students being exposed to new perspectives in sustainability instruction. Our full-time instructor is Dr. Miriam Wyman, who comes to us with a wealth of experience and expertise related to sustainability issues. She has served for the past several years as a course instructor in AU’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, where she has taught popular elective courses in the Minor in Sustainability Studies, such as FOWS 4310 Ecotourism, FOWS 2033 Introduction to Environmental Education, and co-taught NATR 2050 People and the Environment. Before that, Dr. Wyman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in the area of human dimensions of natural resource conservation with an emphasis on community-based ecotourism and conservation in the tropics, and also gained teaching experience at Utah State University. She has published a wide array of scholarly articles relating to social and environmental issues.

Dr. Wyman may be contacted at: msw0022@auburn.edu

Last modified: July 23, 2019