Assistant Professor, Environmental Social Science (Tenure-Track)

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
February 08 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Assistant Professor, Environmental Social Science (Tenure-Track)

The George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) in the College of Science is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual for a full-time 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Environmental Social Science beginning in August 2019. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The incumbent will complement existing departmental disciplines including ecology, conservation biology, sociology, geography, political science, and economics. The selected finalist will contribute to George Mason University's commitment to interdisciplinary research within the department and College of Science, and between other colleges. Standard service activities within the ESP and the College of Science are expected. The expected teaching responsibility for this position will follow the College's standard workload guidelines and will include teaching courses such as Introduction to Environmental Social Science, Human Dimensions of the Environment, and Global Biodiversity/Environmental Governance.

As a unit which promotes trans-disciplinary scholarship, we seek a colleague with research and teaching interests that complement existing faculty strengths in subject areas including terrestrial wildlife and natural resources, conservation biology and biodiversity governance. Preference will be given to candidates who express an interest in expanding collaborative opportunities such as the growing partnership between ESP and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, collaborative work in the Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE), the department's own thrust in conservation and sustainability, and building new partnerships to develop interdisciplinary projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a Ph.D. in environmental social science, public administration, sociology, cultural geography, public policy or related field prior to the first day of the appointment;
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative social science methods;
  • A demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary education;
  • An established record of scholarly activity demonstrated by publication record in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program;
  • Commitment and interest in teaching lecture courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising graduate students;
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills; and
  • The ability to collaborate with other natural scientists and social scientists in research, teaching and outreach.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral experience in environmental social science, biodiversity governance, or public policy;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing successful externally-funded research collaborations;
  • A record of seeking and securing extramural research support evidenced by proposal submission and/or recipient of funding awards; and
  • Demonstrated successful teamwork in a collaborative environment.

About us:
ESP is known for its interdisciplinary faculty focused on environmental natural and social sciences. ESP includes graduate program faculty from across the university and numerous affiliated environmental professionals and awards the following degrees: B.S. in Environmental Science, B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy. The Department also partners with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, VA, to offer graduate level courses in biodiversity and conservation. ESP has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich our academic and culturally inclusive environment. We are deeply committed to increasing diversity and encourage applications from women and minority scholars.

Mason's Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE), scheduled to be launched in late February 2019, will have a university-wide footprint and will provide a unique opportunity for the selected candidate to work in a collaborative manner across disciplines at Mason and with external partners nationally and internationally.

For more information about the department, visit us online at
For more information about the College of Science, visit
For more information about the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, visit

Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applications are to be submitted electronically for position F5894z at In addition to the online application, upload a cover letter, CV, a philosophy of teaching statement, a research statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2019

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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