JOB – University of Washington Tacoma, Asst./Assoc. Professor of Environmental Studies

University of Washington TacomaThe University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a full time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Program. The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching that incorporates rapidly changing social, political, and environmental issues and search for theoretical and/or applied solutions to environmental problems with a focus on sustainability.  Appropriate research areas include sustainability, environmental ethics and philosophy, environmental policy, environmental communication, environmental anthropology, environmental justice, and other related fields.  A research focus on climate change is a plus.  This position will play a leading role in developing and coordinating a new Minor in Sustainability and in retooling an existing B.A. in Environmental Studies

We are especially interested in candidates who will work collaboratively with faculty in the social sciences, environmental sciences, and humanities in the IAS Program, as well as build connections with relevant faculty in Urban Studies, Nursing, and Business.  The successful candidate will be expected to work with diverse student populations, involve students in faculty research and field-based experiences, build community connections and service learning opportunities, and integrate new pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning. The position primarily contributes to an interdisciplinary B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sustainability, but may also contribute to other interdisciplinary majors at UW Tacoma, such as: Environmental Science; Global Studies; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. The position begins September 16, 2014, requires an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in an appropriate field at the time of appointment, and is contingent on funding. A candidate in the final stages of his/her dissertation would be appointed on an acting basis.

Environmental Studies Word CloudIAS offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. One of three University of Washington campuses, UW Tacoma is located in new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region. The South Sound is a beautiful place to live with outstanding opportunities for both cultural and recreational activities. It also has vibrant business and nonprofit communities including organizations like the world-renowned Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, RealNetworks, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Tacoma, and more.

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a letter delineating your interests and qualifications, description of research interests, teaching experience, examples of connecting to community or service learning, and previous activities mentoring members of under-represented groups;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught;
  • a statement of your teaching philosophy;
  • an article-length writing sample;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness; and
  • three letters of reference.

Submit all application materials through  Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Priority will be given to complete applications received by November 1, 2013 and screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Jim Gawel, search chair, at