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Assistant Professor, Environmental Justice

Florida Gulf Coast University

Job Description

Job Summary
The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University (https://www.fgcu.edu/thewaterschool/) is hiring 9 faculty for Fall 2023 across a range of disciplines related to water and the environment. The Water School is an interdisciplinary enterprise that brings together faculty from five colleges and schools representing 15 departments to focus on the environmental, economic, and human dimensions of coastal resilience, ecosystem integrity, health and wellbeing, and restoration and remediation.
This appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Studies in The Water School.
The Water School encourages nominations for and applications from qualified individuals with experience in social sciences, inequitable impacts of climate change, Indigenous resources sovereignty, water contamination in communities of color, and environmental policies impacting marginalized peoples. Candidates working in one or more of these areas who are focused on the environmental justice dimensions of cities and landscapes in the United States will be given priority.
The Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will have the opportunity to develop new courses, build a productive program of research that involves students participate on university committees, and perform other duties as assigned. There is potential to work closely with The Water School's Center for Environment and Society along with other faculty across campus who focus on issues of diversity and environmental justice.
FGCU is dedicated to quality education, research, and service. Faculty are expected to be excellent teachers who are responsive to changing professional needs, committed to innovative delivery of instruction that results in improved student learning, produce high-quality peer reviewed scholarship, and serve the university and the local community. Primary teaching responsibilities will be on the main campus.
With an enrollment of nearly 16,000 students, FGCU has a main campus of 800 acres with LEED-certified buildings and 400 acres of protected habitat. The university's award-winning initiatives in education, energy production, research, and sustainable practices make us one of the nation's greenest campuses. FGCU is located in beautiful Southwest Florida, known for its beaches, resorts, nature preserves, and outdoor recreation. Located between the cities of Fort Myers and Naples, FGCU is just two hours by car from the major cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Miami, and 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport.
FGCU launched The Water School on World Water Day in 2019, sending a message that the University and the State of Florida were making a significant investment in water and the environment in Southwest Florida. By bringing together faculty and staff from across the university, The Water School is addressing pressing issues of regional concern by developing sustainable solutions to ensure that future generations inherit a Southwest Florida that is full of opportunity and is renowned for its quality of life.
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.
At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.
We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.
Job Description
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
• Develop and teach assigned courses: prepare syllabi and instruction materials, coordinate lectures, evaluate students and maintain highest possible standards of classroom instruction.
• Develop and maintain an independent and productive research program that also involves students.
• Mentor students, as appropriate, in research/scholarship.
• Actively work with local communities to engage them in issues related to environmental justice.
• Stay current with new developments in field of instruction and maintain disciplinary skills through professional development activities appropriate to higher education faculty.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Additional Job Description
Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. in Environmental Justice, Geography, Environmental Studies, Public Policy, Sustainability, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.
• ABD considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2023. If successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.
• Record of research publications in scholarly journals.
• Evidence of scholarly expertise related to environmental justice or critical race and ethnic studies.
• Must meet university criteria for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Preferred Qualifications
• Preferred candidates are those whose teaching and research experience and interests align with the programs and mission of The Water School.
• Teaching experience as instructor of record and post-doctoral experience.
• Interdisciplinary teaching and research perspective with well-defined research goals. Willingness to engage in service opportunities commensurate with career maturity.
• Engagement in scholarship that relates to issues of environmental justice and/or uses a framework of social-ecological systems.
• Record of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, service, or other activities.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Familiarity with and use of diverse and innovative teaching approaches to engage students and ensure student learning.
• Demonstrated development and use of skills appropriate to the discipline, including mixed methods research, data analysis, GIS, mapping, and grant writing.
• Ability to conduct independent research and involve students in research.
• Ability to mentor students in research with the students' learning and training in mind.
• Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, civil, and inclusive learning and working environment.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2023.
Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.
Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.
Required Application Materials:
• Unofficial Transcripts
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Research
• Five (5) Professional References
The position is listed as \“open until filled\”, however applications received by November 27, 2022 will receive priority consideration.
Salary commensurate with education and experience

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