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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Sustainability Science (Community Sustainability)

Furman University
Greenville, South Carolina
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Oct 29, 2023

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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Sustainability Science (Community Sustainability)

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Job Title:
Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Sustainability Science (Community Sustainability)

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Furman Faculty

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Earth, Environmental and Sustainability Sciences

Job Summary:
The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences at Furman University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Sustainability Science at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level beginning in August 2024. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in sustainability or a related field prior to August 1, 2024, and must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, and establishing a productive research program that leads to transformative educational experiences for undergraduate students.

Job Description:

Position Requirements:

We seek a Sustainability Scientist with a background in community-based participatory research. Areas of focus could include but are not limited to social and environmental justice, governance and leadership, climate resilience and adaptation, and sustainability transitions. We seek candidates with a demonstrated capacity to develop engaged research in communities with undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities consist of four courses with labs per year, including SUS 120 (Principles of Sustainability) or EES 112 (Introduction to Environmental Science) and SUS 473 (Sustainability Practicum), and upper-level electives in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to employ inclusive teaching methods in the classroom, engage in undergraduate research mentorship, student advising, and service activities at the department, university, and professional levels.

About the Sustainability Science Program at Furman:

Our B.S. Sustainability Science degree program treats sustainability science as a unique discipline and grounds teaching and learning in inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. We frame our programmatic outcomes around the key competencies framework in sustainability, scaffolding student learning towards applied, collaborative projects focused on solving sustainability problems. Most of our courses include lab periods that create space for project-based learning, with introductory courses capped at 24 students and upper-level courses typically serving between 12 and 18 students. Small class size, Furman's location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its proximity to the award-winning downtown in the provide ample opportunities for integrating field experiences into the curriculum. In addition to introductory courses and upper-level courses, teaching opportunities such as First Year Writing seminar, participation in May Experience, or Study Away programs are available to all Furman faculty.

About the Department:

The mission of the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences is to provide a rigorous, current, applied, and integrated undergraduate education. We have a diverse, collaborative faculty representing physical and social sciences with a common mission to positively impact the environment and society. The educational goals of our department strongly complement the liberal arts philosophy of the University and seek to develop the student both as a scholar and as a thoughtful citizen seeking just solutions to global problems in the 21st century. Accordingly, we expect all faculty members to contribute to the intellectual, professional, and personal growth of our students. We follow a “Teaching through Research” philosophy that emphasizes collaborative faculty student research. Thus, faculty in our department are expected to directly incorporate students into their research agendas and projects. The department is home to two undergraduate majors: Sustainability Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences. We are looking for candidates whose experiences and background complement the existing department strengths, and contribute to our department's innovative and engaging curriculum and a commitment to increasing, promoting inclusivity, and advancing equity through teaching, research, mentoring, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong interest in collaborative research and a desire to work with various institutes within Furman including the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities. The department hosts extensive facilities with opportunities to incorporate qualitative, quantitative, and computational pedagogical approaches into teaching and research.

About Furman University:

As a liberal arts institution, Furman has a strong history of excellent teaching and mentoring and is committed to delivering a vigorous, high-impact, year-round research program to undergraduate students. The Furman Advantage promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by a team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-engaged learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. In addition to providing an extensive and rich for students, the university also provides extensive support, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for faculty through its Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of university life, and strives to create a community that fosters a sense of belonging with people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, worldview, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits. Numerous initiatives and programs are underway to promote these ideals, including historic projects, dialogue initiatives, the Center for Inclusive Communities, a new major in Africana Studies, and a recently approved masters program in Advocacy and Equity Studies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color, and be committed to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence.

Application and Deadline:
Application materials should be submitted online as a single PDF in the order listed below:

1. Letter of application (2 pages maximum)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Diversity & inclusiveness statement describing how your teaching, scholarship, mentoring and service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and equity as part of its core values (2 pages maximum)
4. A statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2 pages maximum)
5. A statement of research interests and priorities including an initial research plan for work with undergraduates (2 pages maximum)
6. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required of final candidates)
7. Contact information, including email address for at least three references (we will only contact references for finalists in the application process).

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023, and will continue until the two positions are filled. For more information, visit or email

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Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.

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