JOB – Asst. Prof., Environmental Justice, Michigan State U

MSU LogoThe Department of Sociology and the Environmental Science and Public Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University seeks candidates for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 16, 2014 in the area of environmental justice/environmental equality.  We seek candidates with a specific research focus on water access issues of concern to groups that traditionally have been marginalized in society, including, but not limited to, indigenous peoples, women, and communities of color.  The individual in this position will have a 75% appointment in the Sociology Department and a 25% appointment in ESPP, and will be expected to develop a well-defined research agenda, with a focus in the United States or overseas or both.  In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a sustained program of external grant support for their research program.  Candidates must display evidence of excellence in research and must be committed to undergraduate and graduate education.

TMSU - Sociologyhe position is part of MSU’s Global Water Initiative, an effort to mobilize research expertise across the campus to address the world’s most compelling water issues.  With over 100 faculty members already working in water-related disciplines, the university has expertise spanning academic units within the natural, social, and engineering sciences.  Over the next few years, the MSU Global Water Initiative will coordinate recruitment of 16 new faculty researchers across the disciplinary spectrum. New hires will collaborate with current faculty to enhance disciplinary expertise, strengthen linkages across disciplines, and create new advances in water science, technology, and policy.

MSU - ESPPMinimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Sociology or related field

Desired Qualifications:  The ideal applicant should have a solid understanding of the intersection between environmental justice and environmental equity issues including but not limited to governance, ethics, political economy and political ecology, law or policy, development, social movements, stratification, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and health disparities.  Experience with spatial analysis is welcome.  The ideal candidate will have experience and a willingness to work collaboratively with faculty in other disciplines, such as the physical and ecological sciences, agriculture and natural resources, biology, engineering, law, and medical and health professions

Application Procedure: All applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, examples of published research, and three letters of reference. Questions may be addressed to Professor Tom Dietz, Search Committee Chair, at

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013 
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JOB – Asst. Professor in Environmental Justice and Policy

Smith CollegeThe Environmental Science and Policy Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2014.  We seek a candidate with extensive experience in Environmental Geography or Environmental Justice, with a Ph.D. in an integrative environmental field or related disciplinary field by time of appointment, to take a central role in a new major in Environmental Science and Policy.  The successful candidate must have strong quantitative skills and an active research program that will engage undergraduate students.  Teaching responsibilities include three environmental integration core courses and one course in the candidate’s area of expertise per year.  Prior teaching experience is preferred.

Located in Northampton, MA, USA, Smith College is a leader in education of women with a demonstrated commitment to the study of the environment and sustainability.  In addition to a strong interdisciplinary program in Environmental Science and Policy, exceptional resources include: a state-of-the-art Spatial Analysis Lab; the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS); the Botanic Garden; the MacLeish Field Station and Bechtel Environmental Classroom; the Center for Aqueous and Biogeochemical Research; Architecture and Landscape Studies studios, and the Five College Consortium, comprising Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

To Apply: Women for the World

Submit applications at with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013

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

CFP – Workshop on Food Justice

Cultivating-Food-Justice-LogoThe Second Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together
Michigan State University
May 23rd – 25th, 2014


Food justice is a growing movement that has inspired both on-the-ground community projects and theoretical articulations across multiple disciplines. This workshop aims to help scholars and practitioners identify and address the challenges and opportunities in food justice, including issues surrounding food access, food sovereignty, agricultural and environmental ethics, and agricultural sustainability . The conference will span three days and include scholarly talks and visits to local environmental justice projects.

Paper proposals are invited in areas such as

  • Food security and food sovereignty
  • Local foods as a social movement
  • Agricultural ecology and sustainability
  • Issues surrounding non-human animals in agriculture
  • Food, diet, and cooking as co-constitutive with identity
  • Agricultural policy and food standards

The workshop is intended as a transdisciplinary space to forge connections between theories and between theory and practice.  Papers accessible to a public audience in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, history, literary criticism, political ecology, religious studies, and the human dimensions of environmental sciences are all encouraged.  Details of the first conference can be found at

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for panels and 300-word abstracts for individual presentations are due by March 1st, 2014. Please send proposals and abstracts, and any questions, to Ian Werkheiser or Zach Piso.

JOB – Asst. Prof., Oregon State, Environmental Philosophy

Oregon_State_University_logoThe Philosophy Department at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.


  • This position will work in environmental philosophy, broadly construed, with an emphasis on social and political issues.  Research interests in policy-relevant environmental justice, ecological justice, or environmental political theory are central and may be complimented by work in areas such as: critical race theory, global justice and development, indigenous peoples, feminist theory, or disability studies, etc.
  • Competence with philosophy of science issues in biodiversity, ecology, etc. is also desirable.
  • PhD in philosophy or closely related field required prior to appointment.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

OSu Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. Cover Letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
  2. Resume/Vita
  3. Writing sample uploaded as Other Document.
  4. Statement of research interests uploaded as Other Document 2.
  5. Statement of teaching interests (including courses taught and summary evaluations, if applicable). Upload as other Document 3.

In addition, at least three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover to: Environmental Ethics Search Committee, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Milam 322, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331

For additional information please contact Allen Thompson at

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Proposals for 2013 PAMLA Conference

PAMLACall for Proposals for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Location: Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California

Dates: November 1-3, 2013

Presiding Officer: Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia (

This CFP concerns a special session on ecocriticism co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). Papers can concern any aspect of ecocriticism, including (but not limited to) ecocritical theory, environmental ethics, environmental justice, colonial and postcolonial ecologies, gender and ecology, literary representations of non-human being, and interdisciplinary investigations of literature and environmental science.

Please review the Guidelines and Procedures before submitting a proposal. In particular, please note:

  • Members may only deliver one paper at the conference. You may submit more than one proposal, but as soon as you accept an invitation, you must inform the organizers of the other sessions that you are no longer eligible to present in their sessions.
  • Papers may not be read in absentia.
  • Participation in the conference requires payment of PAMLA 2013 membership dues by June 1 and the separate conference registration fee by September 15. A combined membership/conference fee is available for convenience, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this option by June 1.
  • Paper proposals of 500 words and a 50-word abstract, due by April 15, 2013, must be submitted via PAMLA’s Online Proposal Submission Form.

How to Submit

Submit proposals to any open topic area using the Online Proposal Submission Form. You will need to register and login to access the form (if you created an account last year, you can use it again; if you forgot your username or password, visit the Password Recovery page).


Questions about a specific session or topic area should be directed to the Presiding Officer listed above. Use these addresses for questions only. Proposals should be submitted using the online form. Completing the form will send an email to the Presiding Officer as well as gather other information we need to construct the conference program. Further information (including who to contact with other inquiries) can be found on the main page for this session.