Assistant Professor position in Environmental Policy

Faculty Status Tenure Eligible, Notice (TE)
Position/Job Summary The Ithaca College Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible Assistant Professor position in Environmental Policy. We seek a dedicated teacher/scholar eager to work with undergraduates who can help our students better understand the katedraions and decisions surrounding society’s interactions with the environment. With this hire we are interested to diversify our faculty community socially and intellectually, and to strengthen our department’s commitment to social justice and the environment.
Position/Job Qualifications Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree completed by August 1, 2018 in a field closely related to Environmental Policy, (e.g. environmental politics, environmental law, legal studies, environmental economics, political science, geography, GIScience, planning)
• Strong desire for teaching undergraduates, and potential for excellence therein
• Potential for scholarship in collaboration with undergraduates
• Desire for active participation in the Department, School, College, or broader community

Desired Topical Expertise and/or Interests (including practical/professional experience):
• U.S. environmental policy/regulation/law
• environmental or climate justice
• international environmental policy/regulation/law
• global environmental governance
• regional urban and/or rural planning
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use in environmental policy, planning, or justice
• GIS in upper-level classroom, laboratory, or field teaching
• professional experience in any of the above areas

Contributions to Inclusive Excellence
Ithaca College is actively working to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive academic community. As such, we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, and we are interested to read or hear about each applicant’s potential to make positive contributions to College-wide goals of inclusive excellence. Applicants are encouraged to articulate their experience, expertise, or interest in any of the following:
• Management of issues of diversity, marginalization, or inclusion at the level of the katedraion or higher education in general
• Facilitation of discussions on diversity, marginalization, or inclusion in the classroom
• Service to the katedraion or community in promotion of inclusive excellence
• Experience teaching in ways that meet the varied learning needs and interests of a diverse student population
• Commitment to encouraging and promoting success in all students, regardless of aptitude or achievement
• Any relevant experience or record of professional engagement with groups and communities underrepresented in the academy

EEO Statement Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.
Instructions for submitting your application: Interested applicants must apply online at A complete application package includes the following:
(1) Cover letter (~500 words) including:
• A brief professional introduction
• A clear, concise articulation of the required qualifications, desired topical attributes, and contributions to inclusive excellence listed above

(2) Curriculum vitae (CV) (no word limit) that includes details on teaching, scholarship, and service, in that order

(3) Teaching statement (~500 words) discussing philosophy, and/or approach, and/or experience

(4) Scholarship statement (~500 words) discussing interests, and/or experience, and/or future plans

(5) A well-developed syllabus for a course specifically designed to be taught in this position (see “Position Responsibilities” above)

(6) The names and contact information for three professional or academic references (Letters may be requested after an initial round of review.)

Questions about the position should be directed to Jake Brenner, chair of the search committee, at

Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000.

Review of applications will begin October 18, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Work authorization (select one): Visa sponsorship will be considered for this position
Department description The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ENVS) is an interdisciplinary department founded in 2009 after ten years as an inter-departmental program. ENVS is a locus of activity on campus, offering innovative, place-based, experiential education in two major degree programs (Environmental Studies B.A. and Environmental Science B.S.) and one minor program (Environmental Studies). After a period of exponential growth, the department now has a stable population of about 100 students. Interdisciplinary thinking is the norm in this department. The full-time faculty include a naturalist, a toxicologist, a historian, an archaeologist, a conservation biologist, a geographer, a geologist, and a humanist writer. ENVS also benefits from the significant contributions of part-time faculty in areas outside the expertise of the full-time faculty. Like others at Ithaca College, ENVS faculty are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate teaching and innovative education in and out of the classroom. We are interested in applications from candidates who wish to join this community.
College description At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Scholarship Statement
  5. Syllabi




Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.

Executive Director, UCGIS

607.252.6851 (office)