March 28, 2019
Jacob Bethem, PhD candidate in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, only recently defended his PhD dissertation but he has already accepted an offer to teach sustainable business courses at the University of Redlands in California. Bethem will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business for the 2019-2020 school year.
After completing more than 40 job applications, Bethem became a top-five candidate in at least three schools’ faculty searches, but selected the University of Redlands for its mix of management and ethics courses and emphasis on active learning. He attributes his success in attaining this position to strong recommendations from his instructors and supervising researchers as well as experience gained through various research opportunities provided by ASU in consultative roles for corporate and government executive clients.
“I am excited by the opportunity within this position to enhance organizational sustainability, while transforming society for better lives for all through the leadership provided by businesses,” Bethem said.
Bethem’s courses will include: Introduction to Sustainable Business, Advanced Sustainable Business and Senior Business Capstone. He will teach about a wide variety of topics, such as lifecycle assessment, circular economies and zero waste, living wages and equity, sustainability planning and reporting, aligning business operations with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, and green buildings.