Assistant Teaching Professor in Environmental Humanities (Teaching Track)

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University’s Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, home of the undergraduate interdisciplinary Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, invites applications for a full-time teaching-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities. This is a career non-tenure track position with opportunity for promotion.

Teachers and scholars engaged in a broad range of Environmental Humanities are encouraged to apply. Candidates should identify ways their teaching emphasizes:

  • Classroom engagement with discourses and debates in the Environmental Humanities, presented in a way that is accessible to students from all majors and backgrounds (including students from Humanities, Arts, STEM, Business, and other fields) with no prerequisites required; develops insight among students about each others’ disciplinary perspectives
  • Critical reading, writing, and discussion practices for undergraduate students, with a goal of acquiring and strengthening Humanities-related skills
  • Interdisciplinary communication and/or interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly among disciplines related to Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Environmental Justice as a core set of principles for teaching and research
  • Advantages of Humanities skills for academic, professional, and civic contexts
  • Relevance of the candidate’s research experience for enriching and guiding undergraduate coursework, advising, and capstone projects

We welcome applications from Humanities-centric teachers and scholars with a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to: History, Sociology, Anthropology, Literatures and Languages, Philosophy, Science and Technology Studies, American Studies, Area Studies, Geography, Ethnic Studies, and interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

In addition to teaching courses in Environmental Humanities, a successful candidate will advise undergraduates on interdisciplinary pathways for completion of the Minor or Additional Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. A normal teaching load for teaching-track faculty would be 3/2. For this position, approximately 1 course per semester is replaced with one-on-one advising of students in the program. The program includes a Minor and an Additional Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Thus, the candidate will teach courses on a 2 + 1 / 1 + 1 semester load: 3 courses per year, plus the equivalent of 2 courses in advising per year.

The Teaching Track at Carnegie Mellon is a career-oriented, non-tenure, faculty track with renewable fixed terms and opportunities for promotion from Assistant to Associate and ultimately Full Teaching Professor. This position emphasizes teaching, curriculum development, and supervising student projects. Scholarship is expected with recognized contributions either to pedagogy or disciplinary research. Teaching Track faculty serve on committees alongside other faculty at the College and University levels. Carnegie Mellon values teaching and provides excellent resources to help you develop, implement, and assess educational innovations.

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service. Qualified candidates who can contribute through their work/life experiences to the diversity and excellence of the academic community are encouraged to apply. Carnegie Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches. Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive and livable urban environment.

The candidate must receive the Ph.D. by July 1, 2024. Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years of college-level teaching experience.

Application Instructions:
The completed application should include:

  • CV
  • Cover letter of no more than 3 single-spaced pages, 12-point font; the cover letter should include statements of teaching and research interest and experience
  • Separate writing sample of no more than 5000 words, including footnotes or endnotes or references
  • Separate statement of no more than 500 words indicating how the candidate will contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; give concrete examples of past or proposed contributions
  • Names and contact information for three confidential letter writers

Priority will be given to applications received on or before November 6, 2023. Review of applications will commence immediately.

Dr. Abigail E. Owen, Search Committee Chair

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