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Assistant Professor, Climate Policy

Duke University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 22, 2023

Assistant Professor, Climate Policy
Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Job Location: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham NC

Apply now: AcademicJobsOnline. See Job 25192
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

The Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Climate Policy. The successful candidate will be part of a growing number of faculty across Duke who are focusing on climate change as part of the Duke Climate Commitment. The position will be in the general area of climate politics and policy with an emphasis on the political drivers of climate change, climate-related impacts, and adaptation. The successful applicant will have a background in political science, public policy, political economy, or related social science disciplines. Relevant research areas include climate governance and institutions, climate justice, energy and water politics and policy, climate-related migration, climate finance and supply chains, climate mitigation and decarbonization, sustainability policy, biodiversity, and food policies among other related topics. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a widely recognized, externally funded research program. The position will be based on Duke University's main campus in Durham, North Carolina.

The successful applicant will contribute enthusiastically to teaching and advising and to appropriate service activities in the University and the applicant's professional field. Teaching will consist of 2.5 courses per year, to be assigned by the Division chair, and will primarily serve the Nicholas School's professional Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) degree programs as well as Ph.D. and undergraduate programs. Course subjects will complement the School's environmental economics and policy management concentration, such as US environmental politics, global environmental politics, or policy analysis. Ability to teach quantitative and/or qualitive methods is preferred. The successful applicant will also serve as a coursework advisor and Master's Project advisor for students in the MEM program. Participation in doctoral student training will be through the Division's University Program in Environmental Policy.

WHO WE ARE: Our Goals and Values
The Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy is home to faculty in both the natural and social sciences. Division faculty are at the forefront of generating new disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge on scientific, management, and policy aspects on a range of environmental topics. The Division values engagement with governments, private companies, nonprofit civil society organizations, and local communities that promotes more sustainable use of environmental resources. It also values diverse ways of knowing, understanding, and learning. Its excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, staff, and students who share a commitment to these values.

The Nicholas School is committed to supporting the ‘whole person', whether faculty, staff, or student. This includes addressing the broader needs of faculty, including dual career couples and primary care givers. Financial and in-kind resources are available from the University, the Nicholas School and the Division to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Examples of ongoing programming may be found at DEI Nicholas School.

Basic qualification
Ph.D. or equivalent degree, received no later than June 2024
Preferred qualifications
Applications should demonstrate exceptional research performance and plans for developing innovative and ambitious externally funded research programs that will advance knowledge on climate policy. Applicants should show potential to become outstanding teachers and advisors and to integrate elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into their academic portfolio.


  • A one-page cover letter that highlights the applicant's primary reasons for interest in the position and principal qualifications for it.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A two-page statement of research accomplishments and interests within the context of knowledge frontiers in the applicant's discipline, including information about existing or planned research funding.
  • A two-page statement on teaching and mentoring philosophy that includes concrete examples of how the applicant has put their philosophy into practice.
  • A one-page statement describing contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including information about understanding of DEI topics, record of activities to date, and ideas for advancing DEI as a faculty member at Duke.
  • Up to three representative publications.
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Applications should be directed to AcademicJobsOnline. See Job # 25192
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 25, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Erika Weinthal, Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University;
Duke is one of America's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the United States to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For the complete Duke University nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies see:

Candidates with backgrounds underrepresented in academia and women are especially encouraged to apply. More information about Duke Nicholas School of the Environment's diversity, inclusion, and antiracist work can be found at: Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment strongly supports an inclusive environment that is committed to becoming antiracist as well as the diversification of our faculty ranks.


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