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Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 4, 2019

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Environmental Social Science, Arizona State University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor  


The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications to join our world-leading and problem-focused social science faculty as a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Science (ESS). The ESS program lays the theoretical and methodological foundations for training next-generation scholars in transdisciplinary processes and dynamics that underlie the key human-environmental challenges defining this century. ASU and SHESC are committed to building an intellectually, culturally, and ethnically diverse faculty that supports our diverse student body and advances the goals embodied in ASU’s Charter  and Design Aspirations  


We seek applicants with a demonstrated capacity for advancing innovative, important scholarship on human-environment or human-infrastructure relationships, such as: place making or attachment, environmental psychology, political ecology, environmental justice, power relations/dynamics, social movements and collective action, institutions, multi-level or earth system governance, knowledge co-production, or decision-making under conditions of social-ecological uncertainty and complexity. Anticipated start date is August 2020.


Specific job duties include advancing collaborative, transdisciplinary research in environmental social science, publishing research findings in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets, seeking external research funding, teaching/training/mentoring diverse undergraduate and graduate students, providing service to the university and academy, and outreach to diverse communities (such as providing expert advice and the public communication of science).


Minimum qualifications: 

  • PhD. in Environmental Social Science, Geography, Planning, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, or other directly relevant social science field at the time of application.
  • A record of empirical research and peer-reviewed publications supported by robust social science methods such as: experimental, qualitative, observational, social network, statistical, computational social science, spatial analysis, community-based, or decolonizing methodologies.
  • A demonstrated record of collaborative interdisciplinary research such as: co-authorship on publications or conference papers, training experiences as a graduate research assistant, post-doctoral fellow, or collaborator on interdisciplinary projects, or leading or collaborating on applications for external funding with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Capacity to teach courses and mentor students in Environmental Social Science and across disciplines related to other undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the School, such as Global Health, Applied Mathematics, and Anthropology.


Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated capacity for obtaining competitive external research funding.
  • Classroom and online teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated success in serving the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities and publics.
  • Evidence of leveraging place and/or local/global networks and collaborations through socially embedded, transdisciplinary scholarship and/or training.


Information about the School can be found at The School collaborates extensively with ASU’s large research entities advancing transdisciplinary environmental social science, including the Global Futures Laboratory, Central Arizona Phoenix-Long Term Ecological Research Site, and the Decision Center for a Desert City  Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting



The application deadline is November 17, 2019; if not filled, then every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A complete application must include the following: a letter of application stating qualifications, experience, research plans, and teaching interests; a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence; a complete curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. degree completed at the time of application.

All application materials must be received by the deadline and submitted electronically through Interfolio at  (We will not accept any mailed applicant material, including reference letters; this is an online, paperless search.)

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

Background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law." and

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