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Auburn University (Auburn, AL)

The Department of Geosciences at Auburn University invites applications for a Human-Environment Interactions faculty position at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The appointment would begin August 2021. Areas of research focus may include, but are not limited to: 1) coupled natural-human systems modelling; 2) climate change impacts; 3) natural hazards and disasters; 3) resilience and adaptation; 4) food, energy, and water; 5) environmental health; and 6) political ecology. We seek a dynamic individual who will play a strong role in propelling our growing Earth System Science Ph.D. program, Geography MS and GIS certificate programs, and participate actively in the Auburn University Climate, Human, and Earth System Science (CHESS) Interdisciplinary Initiative. Collaborative CHESS research programs that are regional or global in scope are currently active with faculty in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, and College of Liberal Arts. New faculty with expertise in Human-Environment Interactions will complement the University’s considerable existing expertise in the areas of climate change sciences, natural hazards, hydrology, and socio-environmental systems.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, publish scholarly work, and advise graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will have duties that include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses based on his/her expertise.

Applications must include the applicant’s curriculum vitae, copies of official transcripts, names and contact information of three professional references, as well as up to 2 pages each for the cover letter/letter of application, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion. Please visit the follow link for more information on preparing your statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the AU website to learn more about Auburn University and Geosciences program

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Elmira College (Elmira, NY).

The mathematics and natural sciences division at Elmira College invites applications for a tenure-track position in environmental science beginning fall term 2021. Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D. with a specialty in environmental science or related field and experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Responsibilities include teaching, advising students, participating in service on committees, and scholarly activity (e.g. publications and conferences). Teaching responsibilities will primarily involve teaching introductory courses in environmental science and geographic information systems, as well as upper-level courses in climatology and hydrogeology. Research with undergraduate students. Research activities that utilize Elmira's partnerships or strategic location is also required.

Elmira College, the first college to offer a comprehensive curriculum for women, and home of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, is a small, well-established, residential, liberal arts college in a pleasant community in the Finger Lakes region of New York State (county population 100,000).

Application materials, including a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three professional references with names, titles, addresses, and phone numbers should be e-mailed to [[1]]. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Daniel Kjar, Chair of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: : [[2]].

Review of applications will begin January 4 and continue until the position is filled.

Elmira College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Jan 6. Still accepting applications.

Jan 13. Initial Interview x2 - Any word post first zoom interview?

Humboldt State University (Arcata, California, USA). Humboldt State University’s Environmental Studies Program invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track faculty position. We seek a candidate who views environmental questions through lenses of racial and/or social and environmental justice, has expertise in theories and practices of social change, and experience with public, community-based, or activist learning and pedagogy. The expertise of the successful candidate is open with respect to discipline. Priority application deadline, 09/30/2020. Link to Job ad.

12/2/20: Does anyone have any information or updates about this search?

12/5/20: Applied and have not heard a peep. If I hear something, will post it here.

12/30/20: Zoom interviews conducted during mid-December.

Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts, USA). We seek a candidate in Human Geography; the Ph.D. can be in geography or a related interdisciplinary environmental field.  The successful candidate will prioritize issues of justice, equity, and inclusion in the study of human-environment interactions. Strong candidates will possess spatial analysis skills and combine strengths in the natural and social sciences. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, public health; cities and urban development; and/or the food-water-energy nexus. 10/19/2020 TT, FT. Link to job ad .

Updates: all initial round Zoom interviews have been scheduled as of 11/23

Rejection email 1/7/21

Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA). The Swarthmore College program in Environmental Studies invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track position in Environmental Humanities with a focus on Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS). Teaching load is 2/2. This position will start in August 2021. TT, FT. Link to job ad . Updates:

Nov.15: rejection via email

Dec. 16-17: Finalist round interview.

Dec. 28: Position filled.

University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut, USA). The University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for four positions at the level of Assistant Professor as part of a cluster hire in the Environment and Human Interactions. This initiative also includes two appointments at the Associate or Full Professor level. We seek a range of scholars on subjects including (but not limited to) pollution, water supply, climate change, policy, and society’s response. Link to job ad.Deadline: 15 Dec 2020.

12/21: "Additional Information Requested" - prompted to select a department to review my application. Not clear if this went out to everyone who applied, or selected candidates. x3

01/12: "Search Process Update" - they nicely inform of the process with an email stating "The application materials you submitted are currently being reviewed and evaluated. You will be notified in the coming weeks if your application is selected for further review."

02/12: Rejection Letter received

University of Portland (Portland, Oregon, USA). Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy. A Ph.D. in Environmental Policy or Public Policy with an environmental focus, or in any other field with evidence of expertise in environmental policy is required. A commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential, ideally supported by past evidence of effective teaching at any level. 10/15/2020. TT, FT Link to job ad . Updates: 

December 3, 2020: Update from HR that applications are still be reviewed and applicants are yet to be contacted.

dec 10: rejection email x2

Verto Education- Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Costa Rica, Fiji or Hawaii, USA): Field Instructor, Environmental Science. PhD or MA in Environmental Science. Travel required 100% of the time. Deadline: December 23. Ideally hired before the end of the year for the Spring 2021 semester. NT, FT, Link to Job ad.

Yale NUS (Singapore, Singapore). Environmental Social Scientist. Candidates who employ quantitative methods in the study of human-environment interactions, including societal responses to climate change, are especially welcome. 9/21/2020. TT, FT Link to Job ad . Updates:

Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut, USA). School of the Environment. Assistant or Associate in Environmental Policy and Governance. Applicants should have a growing record of accomplishments, or show promise thereof, of empirically-based research in environmental politics and institutions, international relations, global governance, sustainable development, political economy, or other areas related to environmental and natural resource policy and governance. 9/15/2020. TT, FT Link to Job ad . Updates:

December 1: Rejection via email x3

Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA, USA). The Environmental Studies Department at Wellesley College, in conjunction with the Frost Center for the Environment and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, is seeking outstanding candidates for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Environmental Humanities. The Fellow will teach two courses per year (both upper level and lower level). The candidate’s research area and approach are open, but might include critical race theory, ecofeminism, environmental history, ecocriticism, decolonial theory, etc. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching engage with Indigenous, non-Western, and/or African Diasporic perspectives in the environmental humanities. Preparation and interest in teaching a course on humanistic approaches to Environmental Justice is desirable. 1/15/21. NT, FT. Link to job ad

Applied x1

Interview invites sent 1/28 <-- for Wellesley? This fast? (Congratulations!)

Position filled 2/16

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in Environmental Humanities

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

The Environmental Science & Studies Programs at Lafayette College invite applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Humanities beginning July 1, 2021. We seek a colleague with a background in environmental humanities or humanist social sciences with teaching and research interests in environmental justice, literature, ethics, or a related field. The successful applicant will teach a 3-3 load including an introductory course in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major, one intermediate-level course in Environmental Justice, a second intermediate level-course (e.g., in Environmental Literature, Indigenous Studies, Global Ecologies), and one advanced course in his or her area of expertise. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD and teaching experience; however, we will consider well-qualified ABD applicants. The Environmental Programs are interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds with interest in and/or experience working in collaborative interdisciplinary settings to apply.

The review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please submit application materials by March 15th, 2021. Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of teaching and research interests, vita, college and graduate school transcripts, and three letters of reference via the interfolio interface: . For ABD applicants, one letter should be from the dissertation supervisor, indicating progress toward completion of the degree. In their cover letter, candidates should address how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and/or community service will support Lafayette College's commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the College’s diversity statement available online ( Please direct any questions to search committee chair, Megan Rothenberger, [[3]].

Lafayette College is a highly selective private undergraduate college in Easton, PA with academic programs and opportunities characteristic of larger institutions. The College is located approximately 65 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all its students, staff, and faculty. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.  Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in Environmental Humanities

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr PA

The Bi-College Department of Environmental Studies at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Humanities beginning August 1, 2021. We seek a colleague with teaching and research interests in the humanities or arts, (e.g., literary and/or visual studies, the creative arts, history, critical theory, cultural studies or philosophy) with areas of interest at the intersection of the environment and Social Justice, Indigenous Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, or Gender and Sexuality Studies. Candidates interested in community-driven collaborations would be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will teach a total of five courses, including at least one writing intensive Introduction to Environmental Humanities course each semester, plus three additional courses over the academic year.

A Ph.D. is required by the start date and teaching experience is preferred. The position begins August 1, 2021. The review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please submit application materials by March 29, 2021.

To apply, submit a cover letter that addresses your teaching and research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi (no more than 3), and two confidential letters of recommendation submitted by Interfolio at:

Link to ad: