Job Title: Assistant Professor in Applied Plant Biology/Sustainable Agriculture

Background: Loyola University Chicago’s, Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor and expertise in Applied Plant Biology/Sustainable Agriculture, beginning fall 2015, pending final approval of funding.  The IES is housed within a state-of-the-art geo-thermally heated/cooled building complex containing a greenhouse, aquaponics facilities, a biodiesel production facility, teaching & research labs and two wings of ‘green’ dormitories.  The campus supports several green roofs and student-run urban gardens which supply produce to a student-initiated and run Farmer’s Market.  The Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC) has a 5-acre organic farm, summer courses, and is a venue for faculty and student research in sustainable agriculture, ecology, and wetland/woodland restoration.  IES serves >250 majors and minors and offers undergraduate B.S. degrees in Environmental Science with options for concentrations in Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation & Restoration, and B. A. Degrees in Environmental Studies and Environmental Policy. For more information about IES, please visit

Duties and Responsibilities:  Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching introductory environmental science, and to develop new courses and teach existing courses within the curricula of the concentration in Food Systems/Sustainable Agriculture.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. degree in an area germane to applied plant biology or sustainable agriculture prior to Fall 2015 and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels.  Post-doctoral experience is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, separate statements on teaching philosophy & skills and research agenda, and a letter of interest outlining their qualifications to  They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. Referees will not be contacted immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process. Applicants should forward additional materials related to teaching excellence and samples of scholarly publications to:

Christopher G. Peterson, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair 
Institute of Environmental Sustainability 
Loyola University Chicago 
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Review of applications will begin 29 October 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty.  As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. In order to gain a clearer understanding of LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at  For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult