Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice

Position:  Academic Director and Faculty Member
Reports toThe Dean of The Institutes at Lipscomb

About the Institute: Lipscomb is seeking an Academic Program Director and faculty member for the Master of Science in Sustainability and Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Practice. The Master of Science degree consists of 30 hours taught in a weekend and evening, month long format. The degree is ideal for students from any discipline seeking a focused career in sustainability, managing people and/or projects, including: corporate management, consulting, design, construction management, business and non-profit development, project management or green certification. The undergraduate degree in Environmental and Sustainability Science probes the intersection of science, people, society and faith and prepares students for careers in planning and application of sustainable practices, technical consulting, business strategy, public policy and non-profit management.

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Duties and Responsibilities: The Academic Director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice will be expected to provide visionary leadership for the Institute, excellent managerial oversight of the programs, faculty and students, as well as model exceptional teaching. The specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing and continuously updating the curriculum
  • Selecting academic metrics for both course and program evaluations
  • Hiring, guiding and directing the primarily adjunct faculty
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
  • Engaging in the accreditation process
  • Participating in the activities of the university faculty and campus community
  • Modeling excellent teaching and pedagogy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Demonstrating a high degree of initiative and self-regulation
  • Communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Being dedicated to the continuous investigation of both current trends in sustainability and best practices in education

Education: A Ph.D. in sustainability or related scientific field, such as biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resources, environmental engineering, sustainable energies, etc. that included the study of sustainability.

Experience: Greater consideration will be given to individuals who have taught or worked in a sustainability field.

Application Process:  Candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a statement of faith as outlined below. Lipscomb University seeks to be a Christian university - intentionally, courageously and graciously. From its founding in 1891, it has consistently pursued a mission that combines challenging academic preparation with the dynamic spiritual development of its students. It is important that those who wish to join the Lipscomb community embrace its mission, and, through their work and through their lives, reflect a commitment to it. At the end of the day, it will not be policies or guidelines that create an excellent place to work, but rather extraordinary people who claim the mission of a unique institution. Please share your answers to the following questions about your contribution to the mission of Lipscomb University.

How would you describe your faith journey and religious commitment?

Why do you desire to join an intentional, courageous and gracious Christian academic community?

What will you contribute to the university’s mission in your work at Lipscomb?

Lipscomb’s enrollment exceeds 4,000 students, and it is ranked in the top 20 universities in the South, according to the U.S. News an World Report’s 2014 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook. The main campus is very conveniently located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tenn. on a beautiful suburban pedestrian campus. Nashville is now listed as one of the top most livable cities in the nation. We’re easy to reach thanks to the transportation hubs here (we’re within a day’s drive of three-quarters of the U.S. population), and rush hour is almost an hour. The city is highly diversified racially and culturally. Our arts groups are nationally noted.  We are a health care capital for he country. There are numerous colleges and universities in the area. And did we mention we know a little bit about music? All kinds!

The successful candidate will provide evidence of commitment to the Christian faith; preference will be given to members of the Churches of Christ. Materials should be sent electronically to Patra Thomas at

Lipscomb University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, color, national or ethnic origin or disability in its employment practices, except where necessitated by specific religious tenets of the university.

The intent of this job classification description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions in this classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.