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Assistant Professor of Indigenous Environmental Studies

Assistant Professor of Indigenous Environmental Studies


The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, United States of America


Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
30 November 2022

10 August 2022

Job description

FAES | School of Environment and Natural Resources

The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) is seeking an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Environmental Studies to begin in Fall 2023. This position is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position. We seek an individual who can build creative partnerships in teaching, outreach, and research that respect the debt the Land Grant University system owes to Indigenous communities and inspire new approaches and philosophies that will contribute towards repaying that debt. Preference will be given to candidates whose training, doctoral research, and experience is firmly integrated with and informed by Indigenous people and has the potential to develop or further deepen connections with tribes.

The successful candidate will have a strong research and teaching background that supports Indigenous-focused, place-based, experiential, and inquiry driven pedagogies. In addition, the successful candidate will be able to engage in place-based and culturally informed pedagogy in their respective field and be familiar with Indigenous Research Theory and Methods. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized program at the nexus of racial/ethnic disparity and climate change as characterized through the lens of either social sciences or natural sciences (and potentially both). SENR aspires to develop reciprocity with Tribal Nations at all stages of research and recognizes that Indigenous communities maintain data sovereignty. The candidate will also be invited to collaborate with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center to help build mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities and advance dialogues (e.g., “two-eyed seeing”) between Western science and traditional ways of knowing.

This position is one of three faculty appointments in the Climate, Race and Place cluster hire to advance climate justice at The Ohio State University (OSU), and is part of a broader Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) initiative focused on narrowing a range of disparities. This Assistant Professor position is available with the option to be hired into the Provost’s Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program with an appointment to a mentored position as an instructor in the tenure track for up to two-years before transitioning to the Assistant Professor position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in indigenous studies, climate science, environmental studies, sociology, or related environmental or social science field. Experience conducting research related to any aspect of climate change (social, biophysical, environmental, etc.) and integrated with Indigenous populations
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to work closely with other people
  • Demonstrable interest in and/or experience with teaching, recruiting, mentoring, and advising diverse underserved students, including women, students of color, and non-traditional students
  • Proven track record of incorporating Indigenous knowledge into research and the potential to develop deep connections with tribes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise that incorporates an understanding of climate change along with one or more of the following areas: Native identity, tribal sovereignty, decolonization, Indigenous rights, tribal needs and values, intellectual property, Indigenous participation in environmental planning or development, language preservation, health disparities in Native communities, or colonial and postcolonial relations among Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups.
  • Experience integrating research and teaching.
  • Teaching and research philosophies that are collaborative, participatory, and focused on community participation and/or action.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in working with natural and social scientists on interdisciplinary research teams.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, refine, and teach new and existing courses that align with and/or enhance SENRs undergraduate and graduate teaching programs (~3 courses per year). Candidates will have autonomy to establish courses in line with their fields of interest and are encouraged to suggest courses that may be of interest to reshape, co-teach or implement as part of their application.
  • Contribute to the research goals of the SENR and the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students and curriculum development
  • Secure extramural funding for research activities
  • Develop a strong publication record in scientific journals and other appropriate venues
  • Work collaboratively with other university faculty/personnel, including on interdisciplinary teams, and with researchers in government agencies, non-government organizations, and community groups to advance the university’s mission
  • Serve the university and professional communities through appropriate activities
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. The university, the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Environment and Natural Resources are committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment and we encourage all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Salary/Support: Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. The Ohio State University offers one of the most comprehensive benefits packages in the nation, which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; tuition authorization; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays; and State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) or an Alternative Retirement Program. A start-up package, including discretionary funding, will be provided.

Application: Include a curriculum vita and a letter of interest that briefly discusses how the applicant aligns with each of the preferred qualifications; specific sections should address research (e.g., research interest and publication experience, potential for grant-funding) and teaching (e.g., evidence of and/or commitment to teaching). Candidates should include in application materials a statement addressing their experience in promoting equity and inclusion, and how we can collectively achieve mutually beneficial goals for Indigenous communities, the environment, and our university. Also include in the application packet digital copies of or links to three relevant publications or professional reports. Provide contact information for three references; however, letters of recommendation will only be requested if candidates advance to the stage of interview. Any questions, please direct to: Steve Lyon and Kerry Ard, Search Committee Chairs

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin September 15, 2022 and continue until a qualified candidate is identified.

Additional Information:
Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.