job #12,116: Assistant Professor - Westen Washington University


Western’s Department of Environmental Studies invites candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in geospatial analysis, social justice, and climate change at the rank of assistant professor, beginning Fall 2018.  As the world is confronting immediate and long-term problems of environmental change and degradation, especially the socially and geographically uneven effects of climate change, it is crucial to understand and integrate multiple knowledge systems and approaches to advance equity of environmental outcomes, especially along racial, economic, and cultural lines.  We understand social justice and the environment in broad terms and invite applicants with teaching and research interests that can support the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) minor and Geographic Information Science (GIS) program.

The position is open to scholars with local, national, and global perspectives and with a variety of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives.  We expect our new colleague to help advance liberal arts and sciences, through collaborative and interdisciplinary engagement with our department, college, and university. 

  • Ph.D. or ABD in environmental studies/sciences, climate sciences, geography, anthropology, ethnic studies, urban planning, public policy, political science, or a closely related field, required by appointment date
    • Candidates appointed ABD must complete degree requirements by June 15th of their first year.  If a candidate appointed ABD does not complete degree requirements by June 15th of the first year, the second year contract shall be a terminal contract
  • A record of effectiveness or demonstrated potential for teaching courses in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) minor and at least two courses in our Geographic Information Science (GIS) program, as well as integrating content on climate change or its impacts into these and other courses
  • A record of high quality scholarship - which may include applied or engaged forms - that focuses on policies, practices, institutions, and communities in ways that advance equity of environmental outcomes, especially along racial, economic, and cultural lines.  The candidate is expected to produce peer-reviewed publications from this scholarship.
  • Primary focus of scholarship that intersects social and environmental justice - locally, nationally, and/or internationally - with one or more of the following dimensions:
    • Critical approaches to climate change adaptation or mitigation;
    • Disaster risk reduction or post-disaster recovery;
    • Critical and/or participatory approaches to GIS;
    • Application of GIS and/or DRR to indigenous movements, social movements or grassroots community mobilization; or
    • Socio-environmental modeling
  • A strong vision for excellence in teaching and mentorship
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the department
  • Demonstrated ability to address the needs of a student population of growing diversity - but race, ethnicity, gender, age, academic preparation, and cultural and social background - through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement
  • Demonstrated research, professional experience, or community volunteer work with communities that have been historically marginalized or underrepresented
  • Ability to cross disciplinary boundaries and collaborate on research, outreach, and service with the Resilience Institute, Spatial Institute, or other areas of the Environmental Studies department
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