Sustainability Policy and Planning Lecturer

Tufts University, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 04, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) is seeking a full-time lecturer in Sustainability Policy and Planning to start September 1, 2021. UEP is an interdisciplinary department that is dedicated to research and education at the intersection of social justice and sustainability.

The primary research and teaching interests of the successful candidate should be in the area of sustainability and may include: sustainability policy/planning and/or science, sustainable solutions, systems performance, sustainability metrics and decision tools, and the impacts of sustainability solutions on marginalized communities.  Additional fields may include: resilient urban ecosystems, multispecies planning and decision making, the role of social equity and physical vulnerability in disaster recovery, infrastructure and transportation planning, resilient urban design, and related areas. An important secondary qualification of the successful candidate will be a strong competency in research methods, which may comprise but not be limited to, data visualization techniques, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, GIS, remote sensing, and/or big data analytics.

The candidate will be expected to develop and teach core and elective courses in the department’s programs in Sustainability (MS) and Environmental Policy & Planning (MS), including the core course Socio-ecological Systems Thinking for Sustainability and electives in his/her/their field of concentration.  The candidate will also serve as a thesis and capstone advisor to masters level graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to grow UEP’s new MS in Sustainability, serving as program director and internship coordinator.  Responsibilities consist of four courses per year plus thesis advising, administrative responsibilities, and participation in department and university committees.


A Ph.D with a focus on sustainability or a Ph.D. with substantial sustainability-related experience.  Candidates in the following fields are encouraged to apply: urban planning, civil and environmental engineering, environmental science and agriculture, geography and related disciplines with a focus on sustainability. A record of scholarship is desirable. Connections with professional practice in sustainability will be highly valued.

Application Instructions

All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at: . Submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, names of three references, and evidence of effective teaching and mentorship, such as student evaluations or letters of support (three maximum) from students or peers about teaching and mentoring experience.

Questions about the position may be addressed to the Department Administrator Maria Nicolau at  Review of applications will start on November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

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