The Department of Environmental Studies at Ursinus College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies to begin in Fall 2022. The Department seeks an individual who is a broadly trained interdisciplinary teacher-scholar interested in and prepared to strengthen the department’s educational, research, and civic engagement commitment to environmental problem-solving.
We specifically invite applicants whose expertise embraces the social science/humanities-natural science interface (e.g., social-ecological systems, land change science, sustainability science, resilience, natural resource management, or other integrative fields), seeks to inform policy, and draws on quantitative or mixed methods. Teaching and research that centers on aspects of global environmental problems, such as global biodiversity loss, biocultural diversity, nature-based solutions, climate mitigation and adaptation, climate justice, food insecurity/sovereignty or agrobiodiversity, are key areas the department seeks to support and strengthen with this position. All applicants will be expected to teach the department’s introductory and capstone courses.
Applicants whose research and teaching will contribute to any or all of the following areas will be given close consideration:
- Ability to apply environmental solutions to local issues at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, in the Perkiomen Valley, and/or in southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Ability to contribute classes to the College’s Food Studies minor.
- Ability to contribute classes to the College’s new Marine Science minor.
- Ability to contribute, create, and support experiential learning opportunities for students in the ENV major and relevant associated majors and minors.
- Familiarity with and/or the ability to support student use of digital analytical technologies, such as geospatial applications (e.g., ESRI ArcMap or QGIS), statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R), or topic modeling/ text mining/other digital humanities software packages (Omeka, Voyant), as part of course teaching and directed research.
With a diverse community of students, it is an expectation of all faculty to contribute to the inclusion, engagement, and success of all students. The Ursinus College faculty is a diverse community of teacher-scholars dedicated to providing transformative experiences for a diverse student body in a highly reflective process embedded in our core curriculum. It is the expectation of all faculty members that they will be similarly reflective. As part of its commitment to liberal education, all entering students participate in a seminar course called the Common Intellectual Experience, with readings from philosophy, science, history, and literature. As the aim of this course is to foster an intellectual community on campus, the successful candidate will contribute to the teaching of this course. Applicants may be asked to develop new courses based in the ENV major that support the Ursinus Quest: Open Questions, Open Minds core curriculum.
The Department of Environmental Studies, which supports a robust major in Environmental Studies and a new major in Health & Society, also support minors in Food Studies, Management Studies, Marine Science, Museum Studies, Peace and Social Justice Studies, and Science and the Common Good as well as the College’s Peace Corps Prep Program. Faculty interests span climate change and paleoceanography, environmental hazards, hydrology and water science, geology, geomorphology, waste management, urban ecosystems, landscape change and planning, human-forest interactions, political ecology, and globalization. Faculty in the department regularly support students in directed and independent research and practicum experiences, including in the College’s Summer Fellows Program and at campus facilities such as the Whittaker Environmental Research Station and Campus Farm.
Requirements and Qualifications
A Ph.D. is required. Teaching experience strongly preferred. Post-doctoral experience is a plus.
Anticipated Start Date
Applicants should describe (1) their commitment to, philosophy of, and previous experiences with undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting, (2) a research program that will ideally involve undergraduate collaborators, and (3) their experience and/or commitment to supporting an inclusive community. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and transcripts to http://apply.interfolio.com/91470. Please provide the names and contact information for three references. Recommendations may be requested later in the application process. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021.