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Assistant Professor - Environmental Studies (Tenure Track)

Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA

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DepartmentEnvironmental StudiesOverview

The Department of Environmental Studies at Ursinus College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies to begin in Fall 2022. The Department seeks an individual who is a broadly trained interdisciplinary teacher-scholar interested in and prepared to strengthen the department’s educational, research, and civic engagement commitment to environmental problem-solving.


We specifically invite applicants whose expertise embraces the social science/humanities-natural science interface (e.g., social-ecological systems, land change science, sustainability science, resilience, natural resource management, or other integrative fields), seeks to inform policy, and draws on quantitative or mixed methods. Teaching and research that centers on aspects of global environmental problems, such as global biodiversity loss, biocultural diversity, nature-based solutions, climate mitigation and adaptation, climate justice, food insecurity/sovereignty or agrobiodiversity, are key areas the department seeks to support and strengthen with this position. All applicants will be expected to teach the department’s introductory and capstone courses.

Applicants whose research and teaching will contribute to any or all of the following areas will be given close consideration:

  • Ability to apply environmental solutions to local issues at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, in the Perkiomen Valley, and/or in southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Ability to contribute classes to the College’s Food Studies minor.
  • Ability to contribute classes to the College’s new Marine Science minor.
  • Ability to contribute, create, and support experiential learning opportunities for students in the ENV major and relevant associated majors and minors.
  • Familiarity with and/or the ability to support student use of digital analytical technologies, such as geospatial applications (e.g., ESRI ArcMap or QGIS), statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R), or topic modeling/ text mining/other digital humanities software packages (Omeka, Voyant), as part of course teaching and directed research.

With a diverse community of students, it is an expectation of all faculty to contribute to the inclusion, engagement, and success of all students. The Ursinus College faculty is a diverse community of teacher-scholars dedicated to providing transformative experiences for a diverse student body in a highly reflective process embedded in our core curriculum. It is the expectation of all faculty members that they will be similarly reflective. As part of its commitment to liberal education, all entering students participate in a seminar course called the Common Intellectual Experience, with readings from philosophy, science, history, and literature. As the aim of this course is to foster an intellectual community on campus, the successful candidate will contribute to the teaching of this course. Applicants may be asked to develop new courses based in the ENV major that support the Ursinus Quest: Open Questions, Open Minds core curriculum.

The Department of Environmental Studies, which supports a robust major in Environmental Studies and a new major in Health & Society, also support minors in Food Studies, Management Studies, Marine Science, Museum Studies, Peace and Social Justice Studies, and Science and the Common Good as well as the College’s Peace Corps Prep Program. Faculty interests span climate change and paleoceanography, environmental hazards, hydrology and water science, geology, geomorphology, waste management, urban ecosystems, landscape change and planning, human-forest interactions, political ecology, and globalization. Faculty in the department regularly support students in directed and independent research and practicum experiences, including in the College’s Summer Fellows Program and at campus facilities such as the Whittaker Environmental Research Station and Campus Farm.

Requirements and Qualifications

A Ph.D. is required. Teaching experience strongly preferred. Post-doctoral experience is a plus.

Anticipated Start DateFall 2022Application

Applicants should describe (1) their commitment to, philosophy of, and previous experiences with undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting, (2) a research program that will ideally involve undergraduate collaborators, and (3) their experience and/or commitment to supporting an inclusive community. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and transcripts to Please provide the names and contact information for three references. Recommendations may be requested later in the application process. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021.


About Ursinus College

  • Founded in 1869
  • First admitted women in 1880
  • 1,650 students from 35 states and 12 countries
  • 20% students of color
  • 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • All students and faculty are issued laptop computers
  • Nationally renowned First-Year Experience, including the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE) Freshmen Seminar
  • Over 60 courses of study, including a variety of interdisciplinary programs.
  • The Center for Science and The Common Good offers students the opportunity to focus on the intersection of science and society.
  • Idyllic 170-acre campus 25 miles from Philadelphia
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Watson Foundation list, Project Pericles, Bonner Leader Program
  • Member of Project DEEP, the Annapolis Group, the Centennial Conference
  • Home to the Berman Museum of Art
  • U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrpreneurial Studies

The College's most important assets are its faculty and staff. From time to time, a variety of job opportunities are available, both part-time and full-time. Ursinus is an ideal workplace where there are excellent resources and benefits and, of course, great people. The campus is beautiful and the students keep you young.

Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.

Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.

Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices.

Ursinus College is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

All employees are expected to abide by Ursinus College’s equal employment/affirmative action policy.

Specifically, in matters affecting employment and application for employment, the College will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandate by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The College will make good-faith efforts to enhance employment opportunities for minorities and women compatible with the availability of qualified candidates in relevant employment markets in which Ursinus College is able to recruit.

Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.  We believe that human beings derive meaning and purpose through their membership in groups as well as through their common humanity and their uniqueness as individuals.  Intellectual and personal growth are enhanced by understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences among groups and individuals.

The celebration of, and respect for, human diversity at Ursinus is based on the following:

  • The principles of freedom and the quality of individuals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
  • The practical goal of preparing students to make significant contributions in an emerging global community.  All communities -- local, national and global -- are stronger and richer to the extent that individuals within them are able to communicate and to affirm life-enhancing values.
  • Individuals whose education has been grounded on mutual understanding and the celebration of human diversity are best prepared to contribute to the making of a just and equitable society.

This statement on human diversity should inform and guide the Ursinus College community as it establishes and implements educational and administrative policies and practices.  These ideals seem especially relevant to those policies and practices that touch upon race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, and all other aspects which tend to differentiate human groups.

In making this statement on human diversity, Ursinus College at the same time acknowledges the primary importance in an educational community of the diversity of ideas expressed in the pursuit of truth by all reasonable and free minds in an atmosphere of intellectual openness.

This statement on human diversity at Ursinus College has been developed in the context of the mission statement of the College and the institutional values generated by the mission.

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