Teaching Faculty in Environmental Justice

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI, USA 🇺🇸

  • JOB OPENING ID: 203399
  • WORKING TITLE: Teaching Faculty in Environmental Justice
  • JOB TITLE: LEO Lecturer III
  • WORK LOCATION: Ann Arbor Campus
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • FULL/PART TIME: Full-Time
  • FLSA STATUS: Exempt
  • ORGANIZATIONAL GROUP: School Nat Res Envir
  • DEPARTMENT: Sch for Environ and Sustain
  • POSTING BEGIN/END DATE: 8/31/2021 – 9/14/2021
  • CAREER INTEREST: LEO – Lecturers

How to Apply

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan invites individuals to apply for the position of Lecturer III.  Applications are welcomed and encouraged regardless of background and identity.  Individuals with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply.  To apply, please complete the application on the U-M Careers site.  The following materials must be submitted as part of the application:

1) A cover letter that addresses your specific interest in the position, outlines experience that directly relates to this position, and expresses a statement of teaching philosophy. The cover letter may be up to two single-spaced pages.

2) Curriculum vitae3) Names of three individuals that can serve as references

This position is subject to the terms of the LEO bargaining agreement.

Mission Statement

SEAS’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

At SEAS we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communication, and discourages and restoratively responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice.  Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Course Description

The successful applicant will serve as instructional faculty for the Environmental Justice specialization, a graduate-level program. The program’s focus is on how equity and justice play an integral role in environmental affairs, yet remain elusive in legal, economic, and ecological systems. SEAS was the first school in the United States to launch an Environmental Justice program that offered undergraduate and graduate degree specializations, and our campus is now home to one of the largest clusters of the field’s faculty and students nationwide. More information can be found at: https://seas.umich.edu/academics/master-science/environmental-justice.

M.S. students in the Environmental Justice specialization develop a broad understanding of the historical and contemporary factors that shape environmental policymaking and the emergence of environmental justice movements around the world, including the mechanisms that give rise to class, gender, racial, and other types of disparities. They investigate the causes and consequences of inequitable distributions of environmental benefits and hazards. This environmental master’s program is truly interdisciplinary, blending coursework from U-M’s schools of Public Health, Public Policy, and Urban Planning, and encouraging electives in law, sociology, and political science. Topics of study include pollution, exposure to hazardous waste, poverty, urban affairs, spatial analyses, climate change, biodiversity conservation, common-pool resources, food security, social movement dynamics, water policy, public health, overconsumption, conscientious consumerism, institutional design, and business and environment.

The effort associated with this position is 1 course of 3 credits at the M.S. level in the environmental justice specialization during the Winter 2022 semester. The faculty member will also serve as an advisor to graduate students in the environmental justice specialization. Advisory duties will include organizing two activities during the semester that support students’ career development in areas relevant to the candidate’s expertise and experience. The individual will also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty within SEAS, and the Environmental Justice specialization in particular, on curriculum development and other programmatic needs.  

Although in-person instruction is highly preferred, pending circumstances, the position’s responsibilities may be completed remotely or hybrid (mix of in-person and remote) based on curricular needs and individual constraints. 

The position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO).  The initial term of the appointment is for 1 semester.

Required Qualifications*

  • A PhD in an academic field
  • Expertise in environmental justice broadly. Applicants who have expertise and professional experience in energy and government as especially encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive teaching and promoting and participating in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives

Additional Information

Selected candidates will be contacted and interviewed remotely. The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2022, and lasting the duration of the Winter 2022 semester.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.