Assistant/Associate/Professor in Environmental Studies

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA, United States
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Swarthmore College: Environmental Studies Program


Swarthmore, PA

Open Date

Jul 28, 2020


The Swarthmore College program in Environmental Studies invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track position in Environmental Humanities with a focus on Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS). Teaching load is 2/2. This position will start in August 2021.

Swarthmore’s Environmental Studies Program brings together teacher-scholars from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences and engineering to address the complex social and environmental issues of our time. Faculty have opportunities to participate in and contribute to the program’s engaged scholarship initiatives including the College’s Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship, annual delegations as NGO observers to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and a new program collaborating with University of Hawaii’s Office of Indigenous Innovation and MA'O Organic Farms. Additionally, Environmental Studies faculty and students have ongoing partnerships with communities and organizations in nearby Philadelphia and Chester City.

Swarthmore faculty have significant autonomy in the shaping of their courses and scholarship and are encouraged to create engaged collaborations pursuant to their own research and teaching interests. The College has a generous leave policy (faculty are eligible for leave every fourth year) and provides strong support for research and faculty development. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching the program’s two core courses and will offer courses in their own area of expertise. In addition, new faculty have the opportunity to help build the College’s Environmental Studies Program in line with their own interests. 

Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


The successful candidate will, by August 2021, have completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or an MFA/Ph.D. in a humanities discipline or interdisciplinary field related to Indigenous studies and the environment. We seek applications from scholars who foreground Indigeneity in their environmental research and whose work seeks to advance humanistic understandings of and solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change, water and land access and governance, food sovereignty, and/or public health. 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a track record of significant relationship and engagement with Indigenous communities. The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Please open an application at .  The Interfolio link will request that you upload a cover letter, a diversity statement, a writing sample, and a CV, and also supply the names and email addresses of writers of three letters of recommendation.  Each recommender will be sent an email automatically with an upload link.  The Interfolio link will close on October 16, 2020. Please address any questions you may have to Cassy Burnett   or Carr Everbach  .