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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science

Emory University, Environmental Sciences Department
Atlanta, Georgia
Closing date
Nov 19, 2023

The Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Indigenous Environmental Science. We are interested in hiring a colleague whose teaching and research encompasses critical socio-ecological and socio-spatial perspectives on indigenous livelihoods and resource governance; health disparities and wellbeing; rural-urban dynamics; climate change and climate justice; indigenous science and technology studies; ecosystems sustainability and nature-based solutions; and/or renewable energy and just transitions in the United States or international contexts.

Areas of research may include but are not limited to critical and intersectional perspectives on indigenous environmental justice and livelihood strategies; land transformations and energy transitions; territorial autonomy, and settler colonialism; food justice and agroforestry; water resources and water justice, indigenous perspectives on climate adaptation and mitigation; labor and economic inequalities; migration and mobilities; resistance and reparative justice; Indigenous knowledge systems and artificial intelligence; pollution and health outcomes; decolonization, emancipatory futures and degrowth. We welcome all innovative, theoretical, and methodological approaches to these and related topics. We are especially interested in scholars who have a record of accomplishment of on-the-ground engagement and community-based research and partnerships. We encourage applications from scholars who work on ecologies of marginalized communities.

We are an interdisciplinary department and our faculty work on a range of human-environmental challenges that bridge social, natural, and health sciences. We also combine a variety of methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial methods. This search is part of our departmental commitment to advancing innovative and inclusive research and teaching that benefit and enrich our students, faculty, university, and the world at large. The College of Arts and Sciences, where our department is located, also takes an active and supportive role in building a talented, inclusive, diverse, and culturally competent workforce. We anticipate that candidates for this position will support our collective college-wide goal of linking scholarship to societal impact in the advancement of social justice. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work seeks to address the role of indigenous knowledge and science in fostering transformations toward a more just society.

In addition to actively researching and publishing, the candidate will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, provide service to the department and college, and develop an externally funded research program. The selected candidate will contribute to Emory’s new Center for Indigenous Studies and will also work closely with faculty in our Native American and Indigenous studies program.

Qualification/ Requirement

  • Evidence of being awarded a Ph.D. is required before the employment date. We invite applications in any field within the natural or social sciences (Geography, anthropology, sociology, etc.). Scholars in STEM or STS fields aligned with Ethnic Studies and humanistic social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will have a strong interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Experience in on-the-ground engagement and community-based research and beneficial partnerships with indigenous people is desirable. Expression of an innovative vision of the future of Indigenous studies and science is also welcome.

Applications will be accepted only via Interfolio: For full consideration, applicants should upload the following materials with their application:

Required application materials (to be submitted electronically):

  1. Curriculum vitae Letter of application/Cover letter (2 pages max) Research statement (2 pages max) Teaching Statement (2 pages max) Statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion (2 pages max) Writing samples (a maximum of three this may include journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertation chapters, etc.) A list of three references with telephone numbers and mail and email addresses.

These references will be contacted only at the later stages of the search and with the applicant's permission.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 10, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by November 25, 2023 will receive full consideration. This position will begin on August 1, 2024.

Questions related to the position (but not application materials) should be addressed to and addressed to the search committee chair, Prof. Jola Ajibade.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran status. 

Further information about us:

Emory University’s Department of Environmental Sciences and

College of Arts and Sciences.

Details on Emory’s expectations on research, teaching, and service duties.

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