Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities

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The Center for Environmental Studies seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities, drawn from any field within the humanities and arts and with a specific focus on Environmental Justice.

Responsibilities would split between a home department in the School of Humanities and the rapidly growing Environmental Studies (ENST) curriculum, which is situated in the Center for Environmental Studies in the schools of Humanities and Architecture and which supports a broad range of multidisciplinary inquiries into environmental issues, emphasizes arts engagement and community engagement, and generates collaborations across the university and with partners outside of it.

This faculty member would join Rice’s thriving humanities and arts undergraduate and graduate programs and its robust interdisciplinary endeavors including Medical Humanities; the Center for African and African-American Studies; Politics, Law, and Social Thought; Science and Technology Studies; and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Rice University has a semester-based teaching schedule with a 2-2 teaching load and teaching will be split between the candidate’s primary department and the Program in Environmental Studies. In addition to teaching 4 courses a year, the university expects faculty members to maintain an active program of scholarly research and publication and to contribute service to the department, university, and profession.

Candidates must have a PhD or appropriate terminal degree in the humanities or arts or a related field by July 1, 2024. Review of applications will start Oct 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials must include a letter of application, CV, teaching statement, three letters of recommendation, diversity statement, and a writing sample of approximately twenty pages or a creative work sample. Applications must be submitted online via Interfolio. Finalists will also be asked for teaching evaluations (if available).

Rice University is located in Houston, Texas. The city is amongst the most vibrant and diverse in the country. Rice is a comprehensive and highly selective private research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of ca. 4000 undergraduates and ca. 4000 graduate students. Rice ranks no. 14 among national universities and third in undergraduate teaching (2018 US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. Its hallmarks include a high level of faculty research activity; a 6:1 student-faculty ratio; a commitment to fostering diversity; and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Rice University Standard of Civility Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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