Instructional Faculty, Sustainability - Tenure Track

Instructional Faculty, Sustainability - Tenure Track
Golisano Institute for Sustainability
GIS Sustainability

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track, Tenured
Faculty Discipline:
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 12-Aug-2019

Department/College Description
RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”

Detailed Job Description
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Sustainability. The successful applicant will be a leading expert, or will have demonstrated research experience and potential to become a leading expert, in a sustainability research domain that is distinct from but complementary to research by our current faculty. Particular emphasis will be on research in the fields of material science, the built environment, sustainable water systems, climate change, applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in sustainability science, micro-grids and smart grids, and social science aspects of sustainable development.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record or demonstrated potential in securing external funding, teaching and mentoring graduate students, working in multidisciplinary teams, and publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly research. Duties of the positions include conducting sponsored research, mentoring graduate students, and developing and teaching one or more graduate core courses and electives in the Sustainability Ph.D. and Sustainable Systems M.S. programs. Core courses currently include Fundamentals of Sustainability Science, Industrial Ecology, Risk Analysis, Economics of Sustainability, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, and Technology, Policy, and Sustainability. Additional information can be found at

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology is a leading research center in the burgeoning field of sustainability, conducting over $13 million of externally sponsored research per year. The Institute is currently staffed by ten academic faculty, four research faculty, and over 60 professional staff scientists, engineers and administrative support personnel. Degrees offered include Master of Architecture, M.S. in Sustainable Systems, and Ph.D. in Sustainability. These programs are led by multidisciplinary researchers who collaborate with organizations locally, nationally, and internationally to create solutions to complex sustainability challenges. GIS also recognizes and is committed to the value of a diverse graduate student community, with strong recruitment and enrollment of female and underrepresented students. The Institute houses several research centers within 150,000 ft2 of research, laboratory, teaching and meeting space in two buildings, including the New York State Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing, Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, and NanoPower Research Laboratory. The flagship of GIS is the LEED platinum-certified Sustainability Hall, a $38 million, 84,000 ft2 facility dedicated to the GIS academic program. The building serves as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach, and provides a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design. It incorporates a unique “transparent infrastructure,” a “smart” microgrid, and a computing data center that demonstrate the use of sustainable building technologies and energy systems. The facility is serviced using a variety of sustainable technologies, including a 400 kW phosphoric acid fuel cell, 40 kW photovoltaic array, geothermal wells, and a green roof which enables rainwater harvesting.

Required Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD. or equivalent degree by the time of appointment.
  • A strong scholarly agenda and record of collaborative scholarly research related to sustainability, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrated potential to secure external funding resources.
  • Ability to advise graduate students and excel at graduate-level teaching.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a multidisciplinary environment with an appreciation for, and commitment to, a systems approach to sustainability.
  • Particular emphasis will be given to candidates with a research record or trajectory that complements but does not significantly overlap the research thrusts of current GIS faculty, and the potential to contribute to the development and teaching of GIS core and elective courses.
  • Candidates who have the potential to complement, strengthen, or expand the Institute’s extensive network of partnerships and sponsor relationships with major international manufacturing firms, government agencies, national labs, and domestic or international research Universities will be regarded favorably.

Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Research Statement, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply
Apply online at Search:4162BR. Please submit your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a curriculum vita; and upload the following attachments:

  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement
  • The names and contact information of three references.
    You can contact the search committee with questions on the position through the committee chair, Prof. Thomas Trabold at [email protected] .

    The review of applications will begin December 3, 2018 and continue until acceptable candidates have been identified. Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 30, 2018.

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    Additional Details
    The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to [email protected]
    RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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