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Catalysts for Sustainability: Tenure-track faculty

Rowan University, School of Earth & Environment
Glassboro, New Jersey (US)
Competitive with benefits
Closing date
Jan 16, 2022
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Catalysts for Sustainability
School of Earth & Environment: Open-rank, Tenure-track Professor 


Rowan University’s newly launched Catalysts for Sustainability program seeks to hire new faculty to develop, advance, and communicate solutions to humanity’s most pressing existential threats posed by the climate and biodiversity crises. The university-wide cohort will lead and collaborate across colleges, disciplines, and communities, catalyzing new initiatives in sustainability research, advocacy, and education while leveraging existing strengths. This project builds upon Rowan University’s strategic pillars (access, affordability, quality, and serving as an economic engine) and furthers our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise related to the climate and biodiversity crises in one or more of the following areas: environmental justice; education and public engagement including storytelling; public policy and advocacy; discipline-specific sustainability scholarship; and sustainability practice.

As part of the Rowan Catalysts for Sustainability hiring initiative, the School of Earth and Environment at Rowan University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise related to the climate and/or biodiversity crises. The new faculty member will be appointed to one of the three departments contained within the School of Earth and Environment: the Department of Environmental Science; the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability; or the Department of Geology. Joint appointments, within the school or across the university, will also be entertained where appropriate.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses and lead public-facing outreach efforts that address the humanistic, social science, and physical science dimensions of the global environmental crisis. Furthermore, successful candidates will be expected to participate in the Rowan Catalysts for Sustainability Committee through service work, attending committee events, and/or collaborating with other committee members. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain an active, highly visible, extramurally funded research program with outstanding scholarship, and to demonstrate excellence in mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students.


We seek outstanding candidates with a Ph.D. (completed by September 1, 2022) or equivalent experience in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Environmental Planning, Natural Sciences, Regenerative Agriculture, Science Communication (related to the school’s mission), or a related field, and we encourage applications from candidates that span the full range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled for a start date of September 1, 2022, with applications received by January 15, 2022 given priority consideration.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, as a single pdf through the online application system: (1) a cover letter outlining suitability for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement on teaching philosophy (including discussion of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and efforts to grow the audience for environmental/sustainability education); (4) a description of research agenda (including potential funding mechanisms); (5) a statement on effective outreach (including discussion of the candidate’s past environmental/sustainability outreach efforts); (6) links to the candidate’s public platforms used primarily for scientific communication (social media, blogs, podcasts, videos, recorded talks, popular writing, etc.); and (7) contact information for three (3) professional references.

General Information:

Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. For the complete Rowan University non-discrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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