Tenure Track Faculty - Department of Environmental Studies (Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice)
ob no: 534470
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.
DESCRIPTION: Cal Poly Humboldt and the Department of Environmental Studies invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position specializing in Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice. We see a candidate who views environmental questions through lenses of racial and/or social and environmental justice, has expertise in theories and practices of social change, and experience with public, community-based, or activist learning and pedagogy. The expertise of the successful candidate is open with respect to discipline.
As an institution, Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student-centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share Cal Poly Humboldt's commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, ability and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.
RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The Assistant Professor Classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated starting annual salary is $75,000.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent in Environmental Studies or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment. If ABD, degree requirements must be completed by date of appointment.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
• Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
• Ability to work effectively with diverse student and/or research populations, including multicultural experience and cross-cultural and/or multilingual communication skills;
• Record of research, scholarly, and/or creative activity;
• Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching, or teaching experience, using a variety of methodologies (such as community-based, project-based, culturally-sustaining collaborative, decolonial, student-centered, etc.);
• Demonstrated sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives and epistemic diversity (the ability to explore multiple worldviews on the environment beyond mainstream environmentalism); and
• Interest in and ability to teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate level courses within both the department and the Environment and Community master's program.
Preferred qualifications for this position include:
• Potential for leadership in the department and its programs (e.g., the Environment and Community Master's Program and Sustainability Minor);
• Expertise in applied environmental studies research and/or teaching methods, such as digital humanities, community-based methods, organizing, appropriate technology, traditional ecological knowledge, mapping, or media/digital production;
• Experience offering culturally-affirming/sustaining education for historically excluded student populations, such as Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQX, and/or African American populations; and
• Commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity.
Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus instruction, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.
At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://hraps.humboldt.edu/faculty-immigration-resources
Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include: ENST 195: Foundations of Environmental Studies, ENST 295: Power, Privilege, and the Environment, ENST 395W: Research and Analysis in Environmental Studies, ENST 490S: Service-Learning Senior Capstone, ENST 470: Climate Justice and Resilience Leadership; ENST 471: Climate Justice, Health, and the Arts; and graduate level courses in the Environment and Community program, such as EC 620: Climate Resilience; EC 630: Social Change and Advocacy; EC 640: Critical Ecologies. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, professional and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.
Cal Poly Humboldt also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging multiple disciplines across the spectrum. Cal Poly Humboldt is a leader in “learning communities” that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Environmental Studies seeks to cultivate an ethos of bridge-building across differences of epistemology and discipline, to train students in humanistic environmental justice skills and careers, and to create the conditions for students to explore emotional qualities that support their engagement with an uncertain world. We seek faculty whose professional and pedagogical record aligns with these values, as demonstrated by our standards for retention, tenure, and promotion, which can be found here:
Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the areas Goudi'ni (over in the woods). The Cal Poly Humboldt campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Cal Poly Humboldt currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff, many from local area California Indian tribes. Cal Poly Humboldt is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science, and Engineering (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at Cal Poly Humboldt to conduct research, teaching, and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collection at the Cal Poly Humboldt library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People's Week and a change to network with other faculty and staff as part of the Cal Poly Humboldt Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit: http://www.humboldt.edu/nasp
APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through PageUp:
• Letter of Application;
• Curriculum Vitae;
• Diversity Statement, include your understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) in higher education and your past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success, including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the LGBTIQ+ community. (2 page limit);
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically marginalized and/or minoritized;
• Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
• Names and Contact Information for Three (3) Professional References.
Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.
Please refer to the requisition job number on all correspondence and inquiries regarding this position.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 21, 2024, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university. Early response is encouraged.