Environmental Studies: Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy

The Environmental Studies Department at the University of Portland invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of Environmental Policy with a start date of August 2021. The Environmental Studies Department offers a B.A. in Environmental Ethics and Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Science. 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.

The ENV department is committed to diversifying our curriculum and our faculty. The successful candidate will have demonstrated lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity and inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter, teaching statement, and/or a separate diversity statement. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience engaging with underrepresented students.

The successful candidate for the Environmental Policy position will offer stability to the B.A. program and teach courses in general environmental policy as well as more focused courses in their area of specialization.  The department is especially interested in candidates grounded in an environmental justice perspective and specializing in urban issues; applications are also welcome from those grounded in environmental justice with other areas of interest relevant to a broadly-based department/curriculum. In addition to teaching multiple courses in environmental policy, the successful candidate will develop and teach a course in environmental justice and contribute to the senior capstone. The person who fills this position will also be expected to supervise internships and connect to/partner with local community groups and NGO’s to enhance opportunities for students.

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission (www.up.edu/about/mission) of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. In the ENV department, we see our work developing the whole person and preparing people who respond to the needs of the world and its human family as aligning with the University’s mission.  Candidates will articulate their understanding of the university mission in their cover letter and highlight how it is compatible with their approach to teaching, scholarship, and service. The typical teaching load is 3-3, with a single course release in the first year.

A complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, which includes candidate interest and/or experience in diversity and inclusion, and the names of three references we can contact. All supporting materials should be submitted to https://up.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=64577 by Oct. 15, 2020. Please contact Blair Woodard (woodard@up.edu), co-chair of the Environmental Policy Search Committee, with any questions.

A background investigation check is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions.

For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.

The University of Portland is an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www1.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.