Assistant or Associate Professor (Political Science - Environmental Policy)

University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV, United States
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Job Description

The Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Public Policy, with a focus on global, comparative, or international Environmental Policy. Substantive areas of research and teaching may include, but are not limited to, energy and climate change. The Political Science Department at UNR has growing emphases in a variety of related areas, such as U.S. environmental policy and human security, and supports a shared Renewable Energy minor and the Renewable Energy graduate certificate. We welcome applicants from any theoretical or methodological tradition.

Our College and Department are committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty; preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to fostering research and teaching environments that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own courses and research agenda and be expected to teach at all levels of the curriculum (lower and upper division undergraduate, MPA, MA, PhD, graduate student supervision). This could at times include specific courses required for degree programs. The normal teaching load is 2/2. The start-up package is competitive.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Political Science, Public Policy, Environmental Studies, or a related field.

A developing or established research agenda in environmental policy, with a global, comparative, or international focus.

A record of, or potential for, publishing in top-tier journals and presses in relevant fields.

Demonstrated excellence, or clear evidence of potential for excellence, in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of or potential for strong external grant activity.

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in research, teaching and/or service.

Compensation Rank

Assistant Professor, II

Associate Professor, III

Department Information

The UNR Department of Political Science is an energetic, collegial and exciting community of political scientists and public policy/administration scholars with a deep commitment to excellence in research and teaching as well as to leadership in the Department, the University, and the diverse northern Nevada community. The Department is home to three graduate programs that confer MA, MPA and PhD degrees. It offers a BA in Political Science and coordinates the International Affairs major and minors in Latin American Studies, Asian Studies and Renewable Energy. Faculty are linked with a variety of College and University-wide initiatives, such as the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies and the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. Additional information about the Department can be found at:

College and University Information

The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research, teaching and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Along with the interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and is actively addressing racism, bias and inequities; for examples, see the Diversity, Research and Engagement website. Its world-class Lilley Museum of Art opened in 2019; the many departments of the College have an active intellectual and public events life.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public land-grant institution with Carnegie Research 1 status. With a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students, UNR students and faculty have won numerous national research awards and competitive fellowships. A number of faculty have affiliations and collaborations with the Desert Research Institute. The university has been designated as a Carnegie Community Engagement university. Nearly half of UNR students are students of color; the university is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University's mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has a dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many transportation hubs. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. For more information, please visit: Dual Career Program

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair-Dr. Elizabeth Koebele   

Search co-Coordinator- Karen Braun   

Search co-Coordinator-Tamela Gorden



Full-Time Equivalent


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A complete application must include the following 5 attachments:

1)  A complete Curriculum Vita.

2)  Cover letter stating qualifications, experience, research plans and teaching experience.

3)  Contact information for three professional references; letters will only be solicited from candidates who advance in the search.

4)  A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally-inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

5) One research-based writing sample.

This posting is open until filled 

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 30, 2020.

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