Assistant or Associate Professor of Sustainability

Job description

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence:  sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities.  Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus.  Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the College for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus is home to the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment, presently offering Bachelor and Masters degrees in Sustainability and in Food Studies, and soon to be launched Executive Masters in Sustainability Leadership. The Eden Hall campus offers a unique living learning laboratory.

Our sustainability programs are aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We are looking for this position to contribute to addressing the following SDGs via teaching and research:  #1 No Poverty, #5 Gender Equality, #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, #10 Reduced Inequalities and #16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.  Fields of studies supporting these SDGs might include applied economics, social work, urban issues, community (rural or urban) development (local or international) and sustainable communities.

Position Summary

This position focusses on teaching, at the undergraduate and graduate level, in the fields of sustainable economics and community development. Candidates are expected to also carry out research in a manner that encourages student involvement and to contribute to the overall development of the Eden Hall Campus community.


  • Ideal candidates will have or show potential for collaborative interdisciplinary work leading to a compelling record of publication, good teaching reviews, and funded research.
  • Candidates are expected to have appropriate academic backgrounds (e.g. Sustainable Urban Development, International Development, Community Development, Economics or other related fields), coupled with demonstrated experience in development policy and practice.
  • Practical experience outside of academia is also desirable (e.g. with development agencies, consultancies, not-for-profit groups or advocacy organizations).
  • Candidates with a combination of academic and practical experience are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • A Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree is required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary duties are to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Sustainable Community Development, Social Justice, and Sustainable Economics, that support the above-mentioned SDGs while embracing an experiential and problem-based pedagogy.  Potential class might include SUS102 Sustainability and Society, SUS 380 Economics in a Changing World, SUS401 Sustainability Policy and Decision Making, SUS562 Economics of the Environment, SUS602 The Political Economy of Sustainability, SUS603 Sustainability: Ethics, Equity, Justice, SUS640 Sustainable Community Development.

This position will also be responsible for supervising students doing capstones or thesis. Additionally, scholarly activity, professional growth, and service to the profession, community and/or university are required for retention.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process.  To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 11/11/2018
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