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Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution (Tenure-Track)

George Mason University
Fairfax County, Virginia
Commensurate with Experience
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George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Carter School) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, with a specialization in Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding. The position begins in August 2023.

George Mason University is an R1, a doctoral research university recently designated as having the “highest research activity.” Mason has a strong institutional commitment to achieving excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. We strongly encourage applications by underrepresented minorities.

About the Department:

The Carter School is committed to developing theory, research, and practice that interrupt cycles of violence. Having established the world’s first M.S. program in conflict resolution in 1983, the Carter School is home to degree programs at the B.A./B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and Certificate levels and has an affiliate M.S. program in Valletta, Malta, and an undergraduate degree program in Incheon, South Korea. With vibrant centers, Peace Labs, and multiple projects and programs, Carter faculty and students are engaged in significant research and practice worldwide, nationally, and locally, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The Carter School is a Commonwealth Center for Excellence, designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia, recognized for its leadership in the field and its world-renowned faculty. For more information about the School, go to:


The responsibilities for this position include:

  • Teaching two courses per semester (including undergraduate and graduate instruction);
  • Maintaining an active scholarship agenda (research and/or practice);
  • Participating in curricular development, student advising, and other service activities; and
  • Contributing to the School’s intellectual life.

Required Qualifications:

The Carter School is interested in candidates who engage directly with real-world conflict through research and forms of practice, such as intervention, advocacy, consultation, action research, and evaluation. There is no restriction on disciplinary affiliation or methodological expertise for this position. The Carter School invites applicants from any academic discipline or interdisciplinary background who can strengthen the School with expertise in environmental conflict and peacebuilding. Central to our approach is broad diversity in scholarship, the recognition of multiple and antithetical points of view, and the inclusion of once marginalized perspectives. Therefore, we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Applicants should have completed their doctoral degree or plan to defend their dissertation by August 1, 2023.

The Carter School seeks highly qualified applicants whose work focuses on environmental conflict and peacebuilding in a way that complements or connects with current efforts at the Carter School. Candidates with expertise in any area of environmental conflict and peacebuilding will be considered. Candidates with expertise in one or more of the following or related areas will be strongly considered: ecological, environmental, and social justice; climate change and conflict resolution; natural resource conflicts and related conflict resolution; structural violence and the environment; environmental racism; and the effects of environmental conflict on marginalized populations.

The Carter School also seeks candidates whose research explores environmental conflict and peacebuilding concerning any of the following: food security, energy sources, water quality and scarcity, forced displacement, natural disasters, and humanitarian action responses. Particular attention will be given to scholars who engage complex systems, cognitive science, narrative, indigenous, critical, anti-racist, or decolonizing methodological approaches, among others. Also of significant interest are candidates who pursue research or practice in environmental activism, community engagement in the environment, and environmental conflict resolution, peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6386Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a list of three professional references with contact information, and a writing sample.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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