Assistant Professor - Native American Food Systems and the Environment - Tenure Track

Job Details

Title:

270-NN - Assistant Professor

Business Title:

Assistant Professor - Native American Food Systems and the Environment - Tenure Track

Additional Titles:

Location:

WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS

Employee Type:

Faculty

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

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.


Required Qualifications:

  • 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


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

Additional Information:

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

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

Area/College: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)
Department Name: School of the Environment
City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164-2812
Department Link: environment.wsu.edu


Monthly Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
FTE: 100%
Tenure Track: Yes
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent


Screening Begin Date: This position has been posted as Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin November 15, 2022.
Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.


Application Instructions:

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.

Required Documents:

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

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

9 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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