Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Fluid Earth Processes

The Environmental Studies (ENV) Department at University of Portland (UP) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in fluid Earth processes to begin August 2021. Specialties might include, but are not limited to, atmospheric science, oceanography, or hydrology. A Ph.D. in a related field is required. A commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential, ideally supported by past evidence of effective teaching at any level. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the desire and ability to engage undergraduates in a productive, peer-reviewed research program.  




The ENV Department is committed to diversifying our curriculum and our faculty; we have recently added a course in the disparate impacts of environmental science policy  and are currently hiring a new colleague in environmental policy. To support our future efforts in this area, the successful candidate will have demonstrated lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity & inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter, teaching statement, and/or diversity statement. We are also committed to actively recruiting underrepresented students in research and participate in a transparent, application-based hiring process for undergraduate research assistants.  In this vein, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience engaging with underrepresented students. 

The candidate will teach existing upper-level undergraduate classes (including laboratories) in climatology, oceanography, and/or new courses in their disciplinary specialty. There is also the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary offerings, including collaboration with a new environmental policy faculty member. Course load is generally 6 courses per year, with labs counting as individual courses. 

 Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission ( of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. In the ENV department, we see our work developing the whole person and preparing people who respond to the needs of the world and its human family as aligning with the University’s mission. Candidates will articulate their understanding of the University mission in their cover letter and highlight how it is compatible with their approach to teaching, scholarship and service. 

A complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement, a statement of interest/experience in diversity and inclusion, and names of three references we can contact. For priority consideration, all supporting material should be submitted to by October 5. Please contact Kristin Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and chair of the search committee, at with any questions.  

A background investigation check is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. 

For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484. 

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