Assistant Professors, Climate Justice - State University of New York College

Opportunity Type: Job

Organization: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Position: 3 Assistant Professors - Climate Justice (Urban Sustainability Faculty Cluster)

Type: 3 Full-time positions

Deadline: May 5, 2022; open until filled

Location: Syracuse, NY

About: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. The ESF main campus is in Syracuse, NY and has regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks

Description: The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY seeks to accelerate transdisciplinary innovations in Urban Sustainability through the addition of three new faculty positions. These new faculty will work with an existing team who are committed to generating actionable science, offering experiential student learning opportunities, and advancing the socio-ecological paradigm as applied to urban sustainability.  With robust mentoring and research infrastructure support, new hires will be able to establish interdisciplinary connections, link with community groups and policymakers, and work within new research paradigms. We invite applications for the following tenure-track (10 month) positions: atmospheric science (Department of Chemistry), climate justice (Department of Environmental Studies), and climate-adaptive design (Department of Landscape Architecture).

Successful candidates for these three positions will be expected to participate actively and sustainably in this interdisciplinary initiative, "the Urban Sustainability Cluster."  Participation in the Cluster will be an important criterion in performance evaluations.

The Department of Environmental Studies (EST) is seeking candidates for an academic year, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, starting in the fall of 2022. As part of the Urban Sustainability Cluster, this faculty member will advance scholarship in Climate Justice. This faculty member will contribute an understanding of the social forces that bolster and/ hinder scientific solutions to urban sustainability, within an action-oriented education and social change framework. This person's expertise will be at the intersection of climate/energy justice and urban sustainability, teaching classes of broad appeal, and in support of the new online master's in professional studies (MPS) degree in environmental justice. Priority will be given to scholars whose fields of expertise include climate adaptation and resilience through a lens of social justice, inequality, and differing vulnerabilities. This faculty member will engage with local communities, expanding experiential learning opportunities in environmental health, STEM education, and community resilience (e.g., via initiatives such as the I-81 project and/or NY State's climate initiative). The ideal candidate will have interdisciplinary training that emphasizes the human dimensions of environmental problems.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong, extramurally funded, research program in socio-environmental science. They will teach undergraduate and graduate course(s) in their field and more specific seminars within their areas of expertise. The typical teaching load is two courses per semester. The selected candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues and students across other disciplines at the College, and within the broader academic community. Fields of expertise could include environmental, urban, or social justice education, climate adaptation and justice, energy justice, decolonization approaches, indigenous environmental justice, environmental ethics, geographic information systems, and environmental health. This person will contribute to the Environmental Education major within the Environmental Studies department and could teach courses, such as: science Education, a climate mitigation and adaptation course, environmental values and attitudes, ethics/philosophy of community-engaged resolution of climate, urban justice, and health issues. This person will mentor graduate and undergraduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.


  • Required: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Environmental Social Science or a related discipline by date of appointment.
  • Preferred: An established record of excellence in sponsored research, peer-reviewed publication, and graduate teaching. A strong theoretical grounding in one or more disciplines. Interdisciplinary research experience. A scholar with experience using mixed methods, and quantitative methods, potentially with a spatial focus. Scholars with international research experience.

How to Apply: Application materials are required to be submitted online. Applications should include a letter summarizing qualifications as well as a statement of research interests and accomplishments, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and contact information for three references. To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by May 5, 2022, although this position will remain open until filled.