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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Lewis & Clark College
Portland, Oregon
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2023

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Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark College is a small liberal arts college with 2,100 undergraduates. We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Environmental Studies Program, beginning Fall, 2024. The Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark prides itself on a nationally recognized approach blending critical foundations, curricular innovation, and intellectual inclusivity, drawing upon contributions from over a dozen campus departments spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. We seek candidates whose background and scholarship resonate with this broad, cutting-edge approach to environmental studies and who are adept at situating issues of environment in multiple scales of space and time. Candidates must be able to deploy quantitative methodologies, such as spatial analysis, or hybrid quantitative and qualitative methodologies as a model to students of our data-intensive approach.


We invite applicants who wish to become excellent teachers and scholars at an undergraduate institution and whose varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds can contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of critical thinkers. Areas of interdisciplinary research are open, and might include environmental justice, natural resource management, urban planning, or agricultural systems as examples. A PhD. in environmental studies or sciences, geography, or a related field is required at the time of appointment as a tenure-track member of the faculty. The usual teaching load is five courses per academic year. The position will entail regular teaching in the ENVS core curriculum, especially ENVS 295 (Environmental Engagement), a course foregrounding inclusivity in which students work with community partner organizations committed to engaging across difference, especially via dialogic models of communication. Teaching would also potentially include an ENVS elective related to the applicant’s scholarship, and participation in the College’s general education program. Faculty also advise and mentor students with varied backgrounds from across the US and around the globe. The college provides a paid pre-tenure junior sabbatical, mentoring, and professional development support.


Applications should include: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a letter of application which includes a summary of teaching experience and research interests that foregrounds (a) experience with quantitative or hybrid quantitative and qualitative methodologies; (b) evidence of interdisciplinary interests or collaborations; (c) openness to engagement across difference; and (d) a description of how the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, and/or work in the campus community will contribute to our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) one or more samples of scholarship (i.e., published articles or books and/or works in progress); (5) three letters of recommendation (uploaded separately by referees), with at least one assessing the candidate’s teaching quality; and (6) graduate transcripts evidencing course preparation. Materials should be addressed to Prof. Elizabeth Safran, Director, Environmental Studies Program, and must be submitted via Interfolio


Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check at the time an offer is made.


Lewis & Clark College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission. We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies. Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators (





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