Associate/Full Professor - Indigenous Environmental Studies

Syracuse, New York
Sep 19, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Syracuse University Indigenous Environmental Studies

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at Syracuse University is seeking applications for a tenured professor in the emerging field of Indigenous Environmental Studies at the level of Associate or Full Professor. This recruitment is part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative with an interdisciplinary focus area of Global Environmental Change. Faculty hired in these positions will build on our existing strengths in Indigenous studies, geography, religion, earth sciences, and anthropology, and will participate in an organized research cluster that spans departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in either the humanities, social sciences or interdisciplinary studies related to Indigenous studies and the environment. The candidate will have a strong multi-disciplinary background and the demonstrated potential to lead in their field and attract competitively awarded research funding. Successful candidates should have interest in working collaboratively across disciplines on global environmental issues. Teaching and research in the NAIS program would allow both interdepartmental collaboration and program development. Syracuse invites applications from individuals with a strong record of scholarship in fields that pertain to areas of Indigenous Environmental studies. These may include, but are not limited to, Environmental Humanities, Traditional Indigenous Conceptions of the Environment, Natural Resource Stewardship, Resource Development and Land Restoration with Indigenous Nations/communities, Indigenous Knowledge of Foods, Plants and Medicines with consideration for key issues such as water and climate change, and Environmental Law and Policy, Jurisdiction and Governance regarding Indigenous Sovereignty. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability in multi or interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research, as well as the capacity to develop productive collaborations with colleagues across traditional university disciplines and the larger Indigenous Studies academic community. The ideal candidate should also have the ability to collaborate with colleagues outside of academia in Indigenous communities, governments, NGOs and private sector organizations. Syracuse University faculty and students maintain close collaborative relationships with both the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and with the Onondaga Nation, one of twelve reservation communities in New York State.

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at Syracuse is an interdisciplinary program composed of fourteen affiliated faculty members across several departments. We welcome candidates who can contribute to an inclusive environment, bring new perspectives on mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, implement novel approaches to field research, and value collegiality and collaboration. Successful candidates will have interest in establishing a strong, externally funded research program from diverse funding sources and develop a portfolio of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants will teach a large introductory course in Indigenous Environmental Issues, as well as developing new more specialized courses in that field.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and a one-page statement describing how you would contribute to the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse ad inclusive community, copies of three relevant publications, and contact information for three referees to, preferably by October 14, 2019. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Queries may be addressed to the Search Chair, Prof. Scott Manning Stevens, Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies: [email protected]

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, and community members.

Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a diverse work force. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.