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Assistant Professor - Environmental Social Sciences

School of Earth, Environment, and Society
Bowling Green, Ohio
Competitive and commensurate with candidate’s experience and credentials.
Date posted
Nov 29, 2023

The School of Earth, Environment, and Society (SEES) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) invites applications for a full-time (9-month), tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Environmental Social Sciences beginning August 2024. Candidates will have a focus on climate, environmental resilience, or water with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship inside and outside of SEES.

Information about the Program and University

The School of Earth, Environment, and Society (SEES) is located within the College of Arts and Sciences. The College strives to foster and sustain an engaging culture of discovery, creativity, teaching, learning, and collaboration, enriched by a diversity of experiences and perspectives. We are especially interested in recruiting candidates who can contribute, through their teaching, scholarly/creative work, and/or service, to our efforts to meet the challenge of achieving inclusive excellence in our academic community. The College takes a cohort-based approach to faculty success, providing resources and support within the Dean’s Office and through collaboration with Arts and Sciences departments and schools, leadership teams in other colleges, and university-serving partners such as the Center for Faculty Excellence. Through these connections, we are developing comprehensive programming that supports the professional growth and advancement of faculty across all disciplines, ranks, and career stages. We value and practice shared governance and are committed to maintaining a vibrant and equitable working environment.

SEES offers both natural and social science courses and programs, including undergraduate degrees in Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Policy and AnalysisGeology and Geography. The School also offers graduate programs in Geology and Applied Geospatial Sciences. By bridging the natural and social sciences, SEES prepares students for a variety of careers relevant to important societal issues, including water and energy resources, climate change and sustainability. For more information about the School, please visit

As a public university for the public good, Bowling Green State University is a comprehensive, high research university located in northwestern Ohio committed to driving economic and cultural vitality in the region and beyond. Through innovative teaching, research, and creative activities, BGSU fosters a collaborative and inclusive learning community where inspired ideas, knowledge and achievements support the region, state and nation. Supporting student success and outcomes, more than 760 talented and passionate faculty members teach across all majors, with nearly 80% holding terminal degrees in their field. BGSU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs, 17 doctoral programs, 57 master’s programs and a significant number of certificate programs.

Guided by Forward, the BGSU strategic plan, the University’s research and creative activities have resulted in a significant increase in extramural funding over the past several years. Committed to meeting workforce needs, BGSU is investing in in-demand academic programs. The University recently established a School of NursingSchool of Physical Therapy, School of Engineering, School of the Built Environment and School of Aviation. As a national leader in innovative partnerships, BGSU provides comprehensive and connected opportunities for its learning community in and out of the classroom. The University established the first-of-its-kind Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) program in collaboration with Cedar Fair. BGSU also has strategic partnerships in advanced manufacturing, aviation, forensic science, and engineering fields.

For the fourth year in a row, The Wall Street Journal ranks BGSU as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest that students would choose again. BGSU also holds the Wall Street Journal distinction of being the No. 1 university in Ohio – public or private – for student experience.

Essential Functions

  • Teach introductory undergraduate courses and upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses in their area(s) of expertise. Use of inclusive pedagogies and designing courses with a focus on student learning is desirable.
  • Develop a productive, collaborative, externally funded research program at BGSU in the broad area of environmental social sciences
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate student research
  • Participate in service at the department, college, university, professional and community level

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in environmental studies or related fields (e.g. environment and sustainability, environmental policy, environmental science, or other disciplines connected to environmental social science) is required. ABDs will be considered but the requirements for the degree must be completed by August 2024.
  • Demonstrated record of research in environmental social sciences linked to water, environmental resilience, or climate issues (i.e.., at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal, presentations at professional conferences)
  • Teaching experience at the collegiate level (e.g., course instructor, teaching assistant, guest lecturer)

Additional Information

Application Process

Applications accepted online at

Application Materials Required

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three professional references
  • Statement of research interests and plans for future research. Applicants should describe how their research will leverage existing assets and expertise at BGSU including a growing focus in watershed processes within SEES, how they would collaborate with colleagues in hydrology, geochemistry, geospatial science, environmental science, environmental policy, environmental humanities or BGSU’s emerging Center for Great Lakes and Watershed Studies , and how their work supports BGSU’s mission of contributing to the public good.
  • Statement of teaching interests
  • Sample syllabus and assignments that illustrate inclusive pedagogy or student learning-focused course design. Syllabus and assignments may be from previous or proposed courses.

Unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned are required for candidates invited for in-person interviews.

Finalist will be required to submit official transcripts.

BGSU policy requires finalist to authorize and pass a background check prior to receiving an offer of employment.

Application Deadline

The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by January 2, 2024.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive and commensurate with candidate’s experience and credentials. Full benefits package available.

Further Information:

For additional information please contact the Environmental Social Sciences Search Committee Chair, Dr. Andrew Kear, 

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421 or email



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