Tenure-track Faculty Position in Sustainability Education/Education for Sustainable Development

Tempe, Arizona
Jan 05, 2021
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: College of Global Futures: School of Sustainability


Tempe, AZ

Open Date

Jan 4, 2021


The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, at the assistant professor level, in Sustainability Education expected to begin in August 2021. Applicants should have expertise in researching and teaching sustainability education, including, for example, sustainability competencies, pedagogies, methodologies, and learning assessments.

Applicants must be prepared to develop and implement a cutting-edge research and teaching program in sustainability education/education for sustainable development. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their commitment to justice, equity, inclusion and diversity issues related to sustainability education. Research on sustainability education could focus on areas such as K-12 education, higher education, life-long learning, community-based, and the nonprofit and business sectors. Education research related to transformative learning for sustainable futures, sustainable development goals, and/or applied solution-oriented approaches is desirable.

The position will include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses as well as mentoring students, conducting research and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams within the school and across the university, supporting the development of courses and curricula, and performing school, university, professional, and community service.

The College of Global Futures at Arizona State University

The ASU College of Global Futures is an integral unit within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, an innovative enterprise designed to radically enhance the university’s impact in creating a thriving future for humanity and planet Earth. The College contains three schools: the School of Sustainability, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the School of Complex Adaptive Systems.

As the first school of sustainability in the country, SOS has developed a pioneering approach to sustainability education, research, and engagement. The school is focused on real-world solutions to complex social-ecological-technical challenges, with a driving vision “to empower transformation for a thriving, sustainable world.” The School of Sustainability takes a transdisciplinary approach in its curriculum, addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: energy, materials, and technology; water quality and scarcity; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food systems; and policy and governance. The sustainability programs (undergraduate programs, M.A., M.S., Master of Sustainability Solutions, Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, Ph.D.) and short course adult and executive trainings offered by the School as well as various sustainability education offerings across Arizona State University present excellent opportunities (“living lab”) for innovative educational research.

As defined in its design aspirations, ASU has a deep commitment to use-inspired, public-serving work in both the local and global contexts. This commitment is further articulated in ASU’s Charter, declaring the university’s enduring commitment to the communities in which it is embedded.



PhD or equivalent degree at the time of appointment in Sustainability, Education, Environmental Studies, or a related field.

Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (JEDI) issues related to their professional work.

Conducting research and teaching in sustainability education or education for sustainable development.

Evidence of strong research experience and demonstrated potential for scholarly achievement in publications and academic collaborations.

Evidence of potential to secure funding for research, education, and/or outreach activities.

Experience in teaching and mentoring students appropriate to rank.


Experience with applied solution-oriented education

Experience with sustainability education in different levels and settings of education

Demonstrated innovation in education delivery

Commitment to advancing a diverse student body

Research on dimensions of social equity, diversity and inclusion as a core component of sustainability education

Demonstrated ability to incorporate different types of knowledge (e.g. scientific, practitioner, indigenous, transdisciplinarity) into sustainability education

Application Instructions

Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted at http://apply.interfolio.com/82432 and must contain:

a detailed cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and administrative experience (limited to 4 pages);

a separate statement of how the applicant’s experience, activities, and vision supports ASU’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) as expressed in scholarship, education, or engagement relevant to the position) (limited to 2 pages)

a current Curriculum Vitae; and

complete contact information for three professional references (include name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, phone number)

Review of applications will begin February 3, 2021 and, if not filled, a review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. Official transcripts and a background check are required for employment.