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Director and Associate/Full Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

University of Cincinnati, College of Arts & Sciences: School of Environment and Sustainability
Cincinnati, Ohio
Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience
Closing date
Dec 7, 2023

Job Overview

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SEaS; at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor with administrative experience to become its inaugural director, a position equivalent to department chair. Environmental scholars and researchers from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered.


SEaS is the recently created unit home to the successful Environmental Studies BS and BA, as well as two minors, making SEaS home to more than 300 undergraduate students. SEaS brings together expertise in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities to create a transdisciplinary approach to environmental problem solving through collaborative research, in the classroom and in the community. Current SEaS faculty hold joint appointments in departments including Anthropology, Biological Sciences, English, History, Geosciences, and Philosophy. The SEaS Director will report to the Divisional Dean of Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.


The expected appointment will begin August 15, 2024. Tenure will be granted at the time of hire.

Essential Functions

  • As SEaS Director: Nurture the existing community of students and faculty and oversee the expansion of the unit by leading two faculty searches in 2024, one in environmental policy and the other in environmental sociology. The Director will represent SEaS within the college, across the university, and in the Greater Cincinnati community. UC faculty are represented by the AAUP and have a collective bargaining agreement that describes general unit head responsibilities.
  • With the support of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the School Director will ensure continued success of existing undergraduate programs through effective communication with students, staff, and faculty. The director will also lead the development of new programs, including graduate programs.
  • As Faculty: Conduct research, teaching, and service in accordance with unit workload criteria and per the terms of the current AAUP-UC Collective Bargaining Agreement. (
  • Course load will match disciplinary expectations, with course release during years of service as director. Although the Environmental Studies program has a robust curriculum, we anticipate that the successful candidate will also develop and teach courses that coincide with their area of expertise.
  • We seek a candidate with a strong record of interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching who will support the research mission of the unit, facilitate interdisciplinary grant writing and research, grow programs, and uphold the unit’s passion for community-engaged research.

Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a PhD. from an accredited college or university in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field.
  • Must have already earned tenure.
  • Must also have experience in academic administrative work, such as program director, unit chair/head, or similar administrative role.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Strength of environmental research.
  • Experience in transdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience with donors / private or public fundraising.
  • Fit of candidate with the disciplines in College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Relevance and extent of administrative experience.

Application Process

In addition to the basic online application, please provide:

  • Cover letter indicating fit with the job description
  • Full and current CV
  • List of three references (letters of reference will be requested for short-list finalists)
  • A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s intended contributions to the University’s goals of diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service is also required.


This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Please use the ‘additional documents’ feature to include all these required items. Review of Applications will begin January 8, 2024 with applications accepted until the position is filled.


Questions should be directed to Dr. Kevin Shockley, Search Committee Chair at:

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

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