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Environmental Studies - Climate Science - Tenure Track, Start Fall 2024

Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa
Closing date
Oct 15, 2023

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GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Environmental Studies program at Grinnell College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in climate science beginning Fall 2024. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Associate Professor possible.  We seek to hire a broadly trained earth scientist who studies climate change.  Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to: atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, climate modeling, hydrology, glaciology, paleoclimatology, and oceanography.  Teaching responsibilities will include an introductory geoscience course, an intermediate-level course in climate science, an upper-level elective in the candidate’s area of specialization, and the Environmental Studies senior seminar.  The candidate is expected to develop an active research program involving undergraduate students.   


Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the college’s diversity through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service to the institution. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 1, 2023.  Please visit our application website at to find more details about the job and submit applications online. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), and statement of teaching philosophy and description of research interests, and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Andrew Graham, at or 641-269-3169.


Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.


An offer for this position will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.



About Grinnell College: Founded in 1846, Grinnell College ( is a highly selective liberal arts college that enrolls 1500 students who come from every state and 50 countries around the world. The College’s curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. Grinnell College is consistently evaluated as among the finest residential liberal arts colleges in the nation. Capitalizing on a student/faculty ratio of 9:1 and an average class size of 17 students, the College's curricular and research programs incorporate active learning and collaborative work between students and faculty, a strong, growing commitment to undergraduate research, and an increasing focus on interdisciplinary study. Grinnell College has an attractive campus of 108 acres, with spectacular, well-maintained facilities such as the Noyce Science Center, including collaborative spaces that have inspired similar designs nation-wide, and the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, acting as a creative hub between the campus and community. The college also owns the 365-acre Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), located about 14 miles from the campus and used on a regular basis for research and teaching. About Grinnell: The town of Grinnell offers rich resources for living and learning. An active local foods movement, well-preserved architectural gems, an excellent regional medical center, well-supported day-care and pre-school programs, the Galaxy teen center, good schools, vibrant community arts organizations, downtown coffee shops and cinema, and distinctive shops and restaurants reflect a strong local commitment to a high quality of life. Abundant local parks, nearby prairie preserves and woodlands, idyllic country roads, and a six-mile bicycle path from town to the lake and trail system of Rock Creek State Park provide opportunities for enjoyable outdoor recreation. From Grinnell, it is less than an hour’s drive to Des Moines and about an hour to Iowa City, a vibrant community with a renowned state university, well-developed arts scene, and outstanding teaching hospital. The urban amenities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago are all accessible within a four- to five-hour drive.

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