Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development: Appalachian State University

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2020. We seek a dynamic teacher, scholar, and activist/practitioner whose work addresses the ecological and environmental dimensions of global change, the ecological dimensions of coupled human-natural systems, and the ways that global environmental change undermines human well-being and the potential for sustainable development.

Applicants must have a PhD (or its international equivalent) in an integrative natural sciences field (e.g. sustainability science, ecology, environmental science, or earth systems science). The ability to teach introductory and upper level courses on the science that informs sustainable development as well as a demonstrated commitment to high-quality teaching are essential.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of applied social-ecological or socio-environmental approaches in their research and teaching as well as evidence of potential to collaborate across degree program concentrations within the department for research, curriculum development, and teaching purposes.

Ideal applicants will pursue integrative and collaborative approaches to crucial questions about multiscale, interconnected social-ecological problems.

We are particularly interested in a colleague whose work is visionary and will deepen the department’s strengths in:

  • The climate crisis: drivers and consequences of climate change as well as climate change mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and other responses to climate disruption; and
  • The biodiversity crisis: drivers and consequences of mass extinction, ecological collapse, and reductions in biosphere integrity as well as conservation, restoration ecology, and other approaches to addressing biodiversity loss.

We will prioritize applicants whose work broadens our geographic and disciplinary strengths as well as applicants who demonstrate a commitment to justice dimensions of, and community-engaged responses to, global change. Diversity is a key (though still under-realized) component of our department’s mission. Thus we seek candidates who strengthen our department’s commitment to improving intercultural competencies and working across difference to combat historical inequities and promote positive social and ecological change.

To read the full application instructions and apply for this position, visit https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/23921

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