Interdisciplinary Faculty Positions at Prescott College

Job ID#: 17-1011
Department: Academics
Job Type: Faculty
Job Status: Full-time
Date Posted: 12/31/2018
Desired fill date: Open until filled
Supervision required: No

Job Summary

Prescott College seeks a cohort of diverse teacher-scholars to envision and teach new interdisciplinary courses in our core curriculum as well as across our bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and departments. We invite experts from a variety of fields to creatively imagine how their discipline(s) and experiences connect to our mission and to compelling contemporary issues challenging diverse communities across the globe. Guided by the motto “For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice” and driven by a mission that centers experiential learning within an interdisciplinary curriculum, Prescott College is celebrating our 50th year as a small private, nonprofit liberal arts university offering on-campus and distance learning programs blending liberal learning and professional preparation. Over eighty percent of Prescott College graduates report choosing their life’s work in order to help build a more just and sustainable world. Our students are changing communities, environments, and lives through their careers in social and environmental justice, conservation, mental and emotional health, arts and humanities, and in classroom-based and outdoor experiential education.

Ideal candidates are drawn to the distinctive motto and mission because they know that preparing leaders to address the crises of the 21st century requires a different approach to education. They have begun to innovate in teaching and scholarship. They are excited to be given the freedom to create the problem-based and solution-oriented learning environments of their dreams.  Successful candidates are student-centered and constantly exploring how to better support the success of diverse learners. They have experience with a range of ways to learn: face-to-face, field- and community-based learning; hybrid or online learning; service learning or other experiential learning. Faculty members at Prescott College enjoy collaborating with one another to foster interdisciplinarity and a culture of innovation and with staff to support recruiting and retaining diverse learners.

The specific academic fields for this cluster of hires are open but should connect conceptually or methodologically to the departmental offerings of Prescott College.  In general, the Prescott College faculty seeks scholars who can help students build the academic knowledge, practical abilities, and positive dispositions to collaborate with diverse communities for just and sustainable solutions to international and global realities such as

  • Climate change, food, water, and resource management;
  • Globalization, social, and environmental justice;
  • Changing needs of diverse learners in classroom, outdoor or expeditionary environments;
  • Multigenerational experiences of trauma and community responses for resilience, health, and wellness;
  • Communication and citizenship: writing, rhetoric, social media, and the crisis of truth;
  • The need for collaborative enterprise, social entrepreneurship and just ecological design in business, organizations and governance.

Addressing complex problems requires students to have both critical understandings and practical skills. So we seek faculty members who can also help engage students and expand their tool kits with skills such as geographic information systems, social media, digital media production, qualitative and quantitative social or natural science research, group facilitation, business plan development, coaching, outdoor leadership, wilderness skills, etc.

Faculty positions are located at Prescott College’s main campus in the small town of Prescott in the central highlands of Arizona at an elevation of about 5000 feet above sea level. Surrounded by national forests with amazing trail systems and blessed with wonderful weather year-round, Prescott is a beautiful place to live and learn. Prescott operates an outreach and support center in Tucson, Arizona, that houses nationally recognized, credit-bearing Americorps and Vista programs as well as dual enrollment offerings in Hispanic-serving high schools. Long-running study abroad programming includes the Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies in Mexico and the Maasai Community Partnership in Kenya. Among many other partnerships, Prescott College is a member of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning ( ) and the Ecoleague ( ).

Application process is available at  Additional information about specific departmental needs and position descriptions is posted on this website as well.  Applications that address multiple departmental needs or position descriptions are welcome.  Prescott College is committed to equal opportunity employment. Candidates from underrepresented groups, candidates fluent in Spanish, and those willing and able to advance the college's commitment to diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a letter of interest that outlines the applicant's approach to pedagogy, scholarly agenda, examples of dream courses you would teach at Prescott College, and, of course, a curriculum vitae. In their letters, applicants should make clear how they see their disciplinary training contributing to the interdisciplinary core curricula and the future offerings of one or more departments, deliveries, and degree levels at Prescott College.  Applicants should also include a statement describing how they’ve worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in their previous positions -- as graduate students or professors -- and how they plan to continue to do so once at Prescott College. Initial review of applications may begin as soon as the end of November. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.