Assistant Professor Environmental Science and Policy

Smith College
Northampton, MA, United States
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The Environmental Science and Policy Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. We seek a candidate in Human Geography; the Ph.D. can be in geography or a related interdisciplinary environmental field.  The successful candidate will prioritize issues of justice, equity, and inclusion in the study of human-environment interactions. Strong candidates will possess spatial analysis skills and combine strengths in the natural and social sciences. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, public health; cities and urban development; and/or the food-water-energy nexus.

The teaching load is two courses per semester, with additional responsibilities for major and honors advising. Teaching responsibilities include rotation in our program’s environmental integration core courses, an intermediate (200-level) course that incorporates spatial analysis skills, and at least one upper-level course per year in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate should have an active research program that engages undergraduate students. Prior teaching experience is preferred.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is a leader in education of women with a demonstrated commitment to the study of the environment and sustainability. In addition to a strong interdisciplinary program in Environmental Science and Policy, exceptional institutional partners include: the Spatial Analysis Lab; the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS); the Botanic Garden; the MacLeish Field Station and Bechtel Environmental Classroom; the Center for Aqueous and Biogeochemical Research; Architecture and Landscape Studies studios, and the Five College Consortium, comprising Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Submit application at with a with a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; statement of research agenda; three confidential letters of recommendation; and a statement of no more than 500 words explaining how your teaching, research and mentoring may support Smith’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin October 19, 2020.