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Environmental Science Position at Colorado Mesa University

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Colorado Mesa University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member who focuses on the science of sustainability within Environmental Science using an applied, systems approach. The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor and begins mid-August 2017. Teaching responsibilities may include lower-division introductory courses in environmental science and systems thinking, as well as upper-division courses that focus on the sustainability of the built environment, such as renewable energy, sustainable building, climate change adaptation and mitigation and/or other courses in the candidate’s specialty. Requirements: Ph.D. in Environmental Science or a highly related science by summer 2017, as well as enthusiasm for working with undergraduates and effective communication skills. Open until filled. To ensure full consideration, apply by January 9, 2017 by submitting a complete application package to ENVS Search Committee, Human Resources, LHH 237, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122 or by emailing it to For the complete job announcement and application instructions, go to

Endowed Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics & Environmental Policy

Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC), Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track endowed position at the rank of Assistant Professor/Advanced Assistant Professor, beginning fall 2017.  LUC is ranked 7th greenest campus in the U.S., and the IES is a new degree-granting unit that prides itself on solution-driven, high-impact learning.  The endowed position provides a modest annual research allowance for a maximum of six years and a teaching load of 2 courses per semester. For more information about the IES, please visit

Candidates are expected to engage in an active research program and to perform service at the institute and university levels. Teaching responsibilities shall include courses in ecological economics and environmental policy as part of the IES curriculum for undergraduate and Master’s program students. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in ecological economics, environmental policy or related fields within sustainability science, a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, and an active research agenda addressing contemporary complex and interrelated economic, social and environmental problems. The candidate should have demonstrated knowledge of mainstream economics with an understanding of how the economy is interconnected with natural systems and socio-political activities. Successful candidates will possess research expertise the aspects of ecological economics, including methods in the valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, ecological debt, measurements of sustainable economic progress, steady-state and degrowth economies, economics of urban-ecological systems, and the economics of climate and environmental change. Candidates for the position must have a record of or clear potential for distinguished scholarship, external research funding, and student mentorship.

Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s qualifications, a teaching statement with materials demonstrating teaching expertise, a research statement, samples of scholarly writing, and the names and contact information of three references to jsp?time=1478723275762.  References will not be contacted immediately but may be at subsequent points in the review process. Address questions to:

Ms.  Rachel Leamon
Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
1032 W.  Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our mission and strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. Candidates are encouraged to consult our website to gain a clearer understanding of Loyola’s mission at and our focus on transformative education at Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

Loyola University of Chicago has made diversity an important part of its current strategic plan (Plan 2020) and this job search supports the following statement from the Handbook on Diversity and the Law published by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010, p.  38):

“The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society.  Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree. ”

Adjunct Instructor – Economics of Sustainability

City College of New York is seeking an adjunct instructor, for Spring 2017, for an “Economics of Sustainability” course. It is one of the core courses of the curriculum for the Sustainability in the Urban Environment  Master’s program:

Below is a general description (abridged) of the course. As taught to date, the course has focused on treatment of environmental concerns largely from a neoclassical economics purview. We would welcome an instructor versed in ecological economics who could supplement this purview with a view of the economy and the natural environment as an interlinked complex system. Topics might include natural capital; new ways to measure wealth creation; green technology innovation; ways to model economy-ecosystem interactions; new ways to assess climate and economic risk; institutional innovations needed to transition to a sustainable economy; convergences and divergences between mainstream and ecological economics; etc. Practicalities: The class will meet once per week (probably Tuesday) for a three hour evening session, beginning in late January 2017, on the campus of City College in upper Manhattan/West Harlem, New York City.  Contact for interested candidates:  George Smith,

Economics of Sustainability Course Description [abridged]: Basic economic principles in the context of investigations of how consumer and producer choices affect the sustainability of economic development both regionally and globally. Theory of optimal allocation of resources and when markets fail to provide it. Inquiry into social institutions and government policies that correct market failures. Likely topics will include: Economists’ approaches to environmental and natural resource problems: Scarcity and allocation. Social choice: How much environmental protection?  From individual utility functions to social welfare functions. Efficiency in private markets, producer and consumer surplus, demand and supply of “Bads”, cost-benefit analysis and considerations of discounting over time. Externalities.  Single/multiple polluters, fees/subsidies. Regulating pollution; emission fees and marketable permits, command and control versus economic incentives; sources/receptors/transfers, temporal variability.  Risk and uncertainty measurement; choices under uncertainty. Valuation of information and irreversibility.  Models of liability.

Harvard Environmental Fellows Program

The Harvard Environmental Fellows Program awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline.  The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers—working alongside Harvard faculty hosts—to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges.  Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups.

We are looking for the very best candidates with environment-related research interests across all science disciplines, social sciences and policy, and the humanities. This year we are hosting a cohort representing research areas in history, history of science, climate science, chemistry, literature, biology and economics.

The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The fellowships are among the most generous at Harvard, paying a salary of $64,000 per year with benefits eligibility, $2,500 each year for professional/research expenses, and a one-time stipend for relocation expenses. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work.  Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.

Additional information on the Environmental Fellows Program and the application form are posted at The attached poster includes a summary of the information on our website.  Please help us by forwarding it to your graduating students and to your colleagues at other universities.

If you have any questions about the fellowships, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Clem at

PhD assistantship in sustainability – ecosystem services & visioning

The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at ~$22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me (  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by 16 December 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Meghann Jarchow, Assistant Professor & Sustainability Program Coordinator
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Churchill-Haines Labs 171E
(605)677-3115 (office)
(605)659-1889 (cell)

Faculty Position in Global Environmental Change at Dartmouth College

The Department of Geography ( at Dartmouth College seeks an Assistant Professor with a specialty in climate science, biogeochemical cycling, and/or earth systems modeling.  We welcome applications from candidates with an established record of excellence in teaching and research to augment and complement the department’s strengths in physical/environmental geography.  Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or be in the final stages of a Ph.D. program.  Application review will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.  Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.  Please submit a letter of application, C.V., writing samples, and contact information for three referees via  Inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Frank Magilligan,


Postdoctoral Research Position in Ecosystem Service Valuation

A joint postdoctoral position is available at the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College for a motivated candidate with expertise in ecosystem service valuation. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists working on a recently funded project that seeks to develop a framework for linking the health of small streams to water quality indicators, ecosystem services, and human preferences. The successful candidate will work with Professor Richard B. Howarth (Dartmouth College) and Assistant Professor Georgia Mavrommati (University of Massachusetts Boston) to apply multiple methods (e.g. discourse-based decision analysis and choice modelling) to characterize and value ecosystem services. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in environmental/ecological economics, decision science, or a related field and a motivation to develop cross-disciplinary approaches within social-ecological systems and sustainability science research. Applicants’ experience, ability and willingness to work with a transdisciplinary team and stakeholders is an asset. We offer a two-year appointment and a competitive salary plus health benefits. The starting date is flexible, but the expected start day is February, 2017. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vita, a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees combined in a single pdf to Dr. Georgia Mavrommati (Email: by November 1, 2016. For questions about this position, please email to Dr. Georgia Mavrommati (
This is an equal opportunity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Tenure Track Position in Sustainability Science/Ecological Economics

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position in Sustainability Science.   The successful candidate will have expertise in the area of ecological economics or related fields within sustainability science.  We are interested in hiring a faculty member with diverse perspectives who will foster innovation in our sustainability science curriculum and provide a rich and varied educational experience for our students.  We encourage applications from candidates who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, student advising, and research with undergraduates.  Teaching responsibilities consist of four courses with labs per year, including Principles of Sustainability Science (SUS 120), Introduction to Environmental Science (EES 112), and upper level electives including ecological economics.  When needed, candidates may teach a writing seminar for first year students, Human Systems (SUS 240), or Social Systems (SUS 241).

Applications should be submitted online at  Include PDF versions of a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a diversity statement, a statement of research interests, names of three references, and unofficial transcripts.  The diversity statement should reflect the candidate’s awareness of the challenges facing the many student groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and discuss strategies for addressing these challenges.

Furman University is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Greenville, S.C., which has a thriving downtown and international community.  Visit for additional information about the position, the department, Furman University, the Shi Center for Sustainability, and Greenville, SC.  Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2016.  Furman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing faculty diversity.

In Memoriam: Paul Baer, USSEE Board member

Tbod-paul-baerhe United States Society for Ecological Economics is saddened to learn of the sudden death of USSEE Board member Paul Baer, who passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Paul has been a long-time member of USSEE since the founding of the organization, when he was a PhD student in the University of California–Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. At UC Berkeley he studied and worked under the supervision of Richard Norgaard, former President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. As a student member of USSEE, Paul was part of a small group of graduate students who advocated for a student seat on the USSEE Board of Directors.

Paul was a scholar and tireless activist for climate justice, and an internationally recognized expert on issues of equity and climate change. As a graduate student, he co-founded EcoEquity, a think-tank that focuses on political and theoretical contributions to “climate solutions that are fair enough to actually work.” More recently, he served on the faculty of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he taught courses in ecological economics, climate policy, and environmental policy. He also previously held a position with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He was also co-author of Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming (Seven Stories Press, 2002) with Tom Athanasiou, with whom he co-founded EcoEquity, and he collaborated with colleagues on the development of the Greenhouse Development Rights framework, which later evolved into the Climate Equity Reference Project. Other products of his work have been published in a number of interdisciplinary journals and several published anthologies, including Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change (edited by Adger et al., MIT Press, 2006), Climate Change Science and Policy (edited by Schneider et al., Island Press, 2009) and Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (edited by Gardiner et al., Oxford University Press, 2010).

His contributions to the global discourse on climate policy were notable. Athanasiou wrote, “The tragedy of Paul’s death is underscored by the fact that it occurred just before the Paris Agreement enters into force.” Friend and collaborator, Sivan Kartha of the Stockholm Environment Institute wrote that Paul was “completely unbounded in his thinking. Who else had mixed philosophy, climate science, economics, and energy policy?”

Paul prepared a presentation on Greenhouse Development Rights and Stranded Assets for the International Society for Ecological Economics 2016 conference, and co-authored a recent article in the Ecological Economics journal on employment benefits of cogeneration (February 2015).  His contributions to the USSEE Board, and his gentle presence and diligent passion for action toward a just and sustainable future will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace, even while his legacy lives on.

Tenure Track Appointment in Ecological Economics, Concordia University

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University is seeking a tenure-track appointment in Ecological Economics. The candidate should hold a PhD in a field related to human-environment interactions. They should have an understanding of the economy as being interconnected with societal processes and natural systems as well as a demonstrated knowledge of mainstream economics. The successful candidate will teach courses in our graduate and undergraduate programs as well as supervise Master’s and PhD students. We are looking for research excellence in a field of study relevant to ecological economics such as, but not limited to, measures of sustainable economic progress, degrowth and steady-state economies, ecological debt, approaches to valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services, the economics of climate and environmental change, and the economics of urban ecological systems.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements and plans, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the departmental contact:
Dr. Monica E. Mulrennan
Chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin January 1st 2017. All applications should reach the department no later than October 1st 2016. Review of applications will begin immediately after this date and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Monica Mulrennan.