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Assistant Professor, Governance and Well-Being in Sustainable Communities

Boise State University
Idaho, United States
Posted Date
Oct 2, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Urban & Regional Planning, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Geography, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor

School of Public Service




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Boise State University’s School of Public Service is dedicated to excellence in innovative teaching, cutting edge scholarship and meaningful community outreach, serving the State of Idaho, and our regional, national and global communities. The School is comprised of rich and diverse academic programs, including Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Public Policy and Administration, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental Studies, Global Studies and Urban Studies and Community Development. The mission of the school is supported by a variety of centers and institutes that facilitate research and public engagement.


The School of Public Service seeks to hire two (2) tenure-track Assistant Professors to contribute to a research and teaching cluster organized around the theme of “Governance and Well-Being in Sustainable Communities.”  This is the second round of hiring on this theme.  These new faculty members will support the growth of the interdisciplinary SPS programs Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Urban Studies and Community Development, as well as existing MA, MPA, and PhD graduate programs. 


Candidates’ areas of focus should address the cluster theme but could do so from a variety of perspectives, including the following:


  • Race, ethnicity, diasporic populations, and/or indigenous nations or tribal communities.
  • Migration and the movement of peoples in the shaping of communities.
  • Social and grassroots movements, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Science, technology, and society, especially the intersection of global, environmental, and/or urban change.  


Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings, and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Position Overview:

  • 2 vacancies.


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Teach undergraduate courses in Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and/or Urban Studies and Community Development.
  • Contribute to the School of Public Service’s graduate programs and undergraduate core.
  • Engage in academic and public service scholarship.
  • Engage in professional, university, and public service.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD in a social science or humanities field. Advanced ABD candidates will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and engagement.
  • Ability to teach courses that incorporate race and ethnicity.
  • Ability to teach within one or more of the following areas: GIS, qualitative methods, or big data.
  • Interest in experiential learning approaches.
  • Interest in building research on the Intermountain West region.


The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Interest and potential in building a strong research record in the social sciences or humanities.
  • Interest and potential in producing high quality peer reviewed and public service scholarship.
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity.


Salary and benefits:  Competitive salary, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees.  For more information visit:


Required Application Materials:  Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position, curriculum vita, a written sample of your research, and transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).  In addition, please include a 2-page statement of your approach to teaching, including a summary of recent teaching evaluations and contributions you would make to our programs.  Please also include a 2-page statement of research output and trajectory giving context to the quality and placement of your research. Please indicate scholarship variety, including peer-reviewed publications, commissioned reports, public service scholarship, etc., and identify the ways in which your work is interdisciplinary.  Letters of recommendation will be requested before on-campus interviews.

Any inquiries regarding the position may be sent to Dr. Nisha Bellinger at


Closing Date:  The deadline for applications is October 20th, 2019, 11:59 PM MST.


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