Assistant/Associate/Full Professor on the Environment

About the Opportunity


The College of Social Sciences and Humanities and its nine tenure units are the home of the Experiential Liberal Arts. Through its research, teaching, and engagement missions, the college collaborates across the university, the Northeastern network, and partners around the globe.  We are strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcome nominations and applications from members of groups underrepresented in academia. Successful faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a record of research and teaching excellence and a commitment to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong candidates for this position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. 


This is part of a wider cross disciplinary search under the theme of Sustainability and Resilience.


The College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University invites applications for Assistant, Associate, or Full Professors, tenured/tenure track, in environmental and social transformation that contribute to understandings of food, water, and/or energy challenges.  We are in a period of unprecedented rate and scale of environmental change driven by human exploitation of planetary systems and resources. This change is massively disruptive of ecological and human systems (economic, agricultural, political, cultural, health, geo-political, etc.).


This cluster search is to recruit a cohort of outstanding faculty who are engaged in studying and developing innovative and transformative responses to anthropogenic environmental disruptions and climate change in areas such as environmental governance and diplomacy; security and resilience; displacement; biodiversity conservation and ecological integrity ; indigenous conceptions of nature and the environment; social, religious, and cultural practices; ethnic,  regional, and international conflict; health; technological innovation; and economics.  The college is particularly interested in scholars whose work contributes to environmental justice.  We encourage diverse methodologies that range across qualitative or quantitative approaches, including digital humanities and computational techniques.


Successful applicants will have a tenure home in one department within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and may have a joint appointment either within or outside of the college, depending on area of expertise.  Interdisciplinary area(s) of interest may include, but are not limited to environmental ethics, environmental sociology, environmental humanities, science technology studies, environmental policy, urban/spatial planning, environmental health, and environmental economics.  We are also interested in colleagues who will work together with partners within the university as well as partners outside of academia.


New faculty members will be expected to contribute to the experiential liberal arts, teaching foundational courses on the environment and/or in their fields, advanced courses in their area of expertise, and contribute to joint curriculum initiatives.  We seek applicants with a strong scholarly record or research program on the environment (or strong potential for such a program), as well as expertise in teaching.


Faculty members at Northeastern are expected to develop independent research programs that attract external funding; teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise students and postdocs in their area of research; and participate in service to the department, university, and discipline.  Candidates interested in conducting high-impact research programs and committed to teaching excellence in the broad areas above are encouraged to apply. 


Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to a Northeastern University education.


A Ph.D. degree in the social sciences, humanities, policy, or related fields is required by the appointment start date. We encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including academia, public service, and industry.


Documents to Submit:

Applicants will be asked to indicate their primary discipline or field on the online application form. Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, research statement, writing sample, diversity statement, and contact information for at least three letters of recommendation.


In the diversity statement, please describe how you can support Northeastern’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Describe how your teaching, service, research, and/or leadership (as applicable) has supported the success of students and/or colleagues; and/or describe the impact others have had on you as relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Please address nominations and inquiries about the position to Professor Maria Ivanova, Chair of the CSSH Environment Cluster Search Committee, at Review of applications will begin November 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.



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Additional Information


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.


To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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