270-NN_FACULTY - Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor - Native American Food Systems and the Environment - Tenure Track
WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS
Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible
Summary of Duties:
Our new colleague will teach one undergraduate course cross-listed with the School of Environment, the Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS) Degree Program, and American Indian Studies; and one graduate course in their area of expertise. The successful candidate will develop a community-based research and outreach program, advise graduate students, and pursue internal and external funding. It is expected that the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to supporting first-generation and BIPOC student populations and participate in university service activities that advance the mission of the cluster hire to build a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive university community.
Earned Ph.D. in a field related to the study of Native American food systems and the environment such as Native American studies, environmental studies/science, sociology, anthropology, agroecology, ecology, nutrition, or public policy at time of hire; and
At least one year (12 months) of academic or community-based research experience related to the food systems of Indigenous communities in North America
Evidence of ability to conduct high quality research;
Evidence of potential to conduct high quality extension and outreach;
Evidence of potential to successfully teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students;
Demonstrated focus on food sovereignty as it relates to members of Indigenous communities;
Demonstrated cultural competency in Indigenous environmental perspectives;
Demonstrated expertise in community-based participatory research approaches;
Demonstrated expertise in Indigenous research methodologies that respect traditional protocols for community engagement and ethical use of Indigenous knowledge;
Background in varied qualitative or quantitative methodological approaches; and
Evidence of potential to acquire internal or external research funding.
WSU is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community. The university recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. Towards continually strengthening this commitment, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to be an integral contributor to the continued advancement of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access here at WSU.
This position is part of a faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality in the Americas, with a particular focus this year on Native American/Indigenous communities. The university is particularly interested in hiring scholars who are deeply connected to and integrated into the communities that they study, as a means to build on our strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship at WSU.
WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. For full WSU land acknowledgement, please see:https://wsu.edu/about/wsu-land-acknowledgement/
THE SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT is a unique cross-college academic unit located in both the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The SoE integrates research, teaching, and outreach programs across disciplines aimed at understanding and sustaining Earth systems. We apply disciplinary tools within novel frameworks to develop knowledge and citizens for a sustainable future. Our 38 faculty, ~100 graduate students, and ~500 undergraduates work together from multiple campuses across Washington state. The SoE brings together undergraduate science majors in Earth Science, Environmental and Ecosystem Science, Forest Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, and offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Additional information on the SoE can be found at https://environment.wsu.edu/
THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES (CAHNRS) is an expansive and diverse college comprised of 14 academic departments and schools, 4 research and Extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 1 tribal and 39 county Extension offices. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. To learn more about CAHNRS, visit http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY:
Founded in 1890, WSU is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and Extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, and Global) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all. The successful candidate will have opportunities to join networks of Indigenous and other scholars across the WSU system, who work with Indigenous communities. Further information about WSU can be found at www.wsu.edu
LIFE ON THE PALOUSE:
Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children. The WSU Pullman campus is located on the homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people, and sits in close proximity to the Nez Perce and Coeur d’Alene Reservations. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit www.pullmanchamber.com
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)
School of the Environment
City, State, Zip:
Pullman, WA 99164-2812
$75,000.00 - $80,000.00
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position.
WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.
For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty visit: https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf. Find total compensation information here: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.
Posting Close Date:
This position has been posted as Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin immediately and remain on-going until a finalist is identified.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.
Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents into their online application: 1) a detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications; 2) a statement of research interests (no longer than one page); 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (no longer than one page); 4) a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes how your past and current experiences and education and the resulting knowledge and skills have prepared you for the work outlined in this job description; 5) a curriculum vitae; and 6) the names, addresses, and contact information for three (3) references. References will only be contacted for finalists.
1) Detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
2) Statement of research interests (no longer than one page)
3) Statement of teaching philosophy (no longer than one page)
4) Statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes how your past and current experiences and education and the resulting knowledge and skills have prepared you for the work outlined in this job description
5) Curriculum Vitae
6) Names, addresses, and contact information for three (3) references
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