JOB – Assistant Professor – Environmental Policy and Science

San José State University
San Jose, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval
Assistant Professor – Environmental Policy and Science
Department of Environmental Studies
College of Social Sciences
Job Opening ID (JOID): 14147
Rank: Assistant Professor

A Ph.D. in a social science, natural/physical science, or interdisciplinary environmental field with expertise in environmental law and/or policy. Priority given to applicants with analytical skills in climate change, biodiversity, environmental justice, environmental impact assessment, environmental education and/or green building. Applicant must have a strong background in qualitative or quantitative research methods and should be a scientist/analyst who has applied her/his background to solving environmental issues. International experience and outlook is an asset. Must demonstrate commitment to teaching in an interdisciplinary undergraduate/graduate Environmental Studies department. Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities will include the Environmental
Studies core courses and others in the applicant’s specialties. Candidates should be prepared to teach the introductory Environmental Studies course, upper division courses, and graduate courses (see departmental course list at Other
undergraduate responsibilities include advising students and supervising internships. Applicants must be willing to supervise graduate research leading to the Master of Science thesis. The applicant should have a defined research program and be willing to seek external funding to support research and department activities.

A record of both effective teaching and scholarly professional achievements is essential for tenure and promotion. We seek a teacher-researcher who is committed to quality interaction with students at all levels, undergraduate and graduate. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in
the United States.

Starting Date: August 20, 2012
Application Procedures: For full consideration send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy and research plans, transcripts, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by December 1, 2011 to:

Dr. Lynne Trulio, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Environmental Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0115

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence. Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2011 for full consideration. Please do not send applications via email. Allowances can be made for unavoidable delays in providing academic transcripts. For further information about this position, call Dr. Lynne Trulio at (408) 924-5445 or email her at

General Information:
The Department of Environmental Studies was founded in 1970 and serves over 200 undergraduate majors and over 40 graduate students. It grants B.S., B.A., and M.S. degrees. There are six full-time faculty members, complemented by professionals from the surrounding community who teach applied specialty classes.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San Jose (Pop. 945,942), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 29,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.