Faculty Position in Environmental Justice/Environmental Equality, Assistant Professor

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Department of Sociology (sociology.msu.edu) and the Environmental Science and Public Policy Program (environment.msu.edu)

The Department of Sociology and the Environmental Science and Public Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University seeks candidates for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 16, 2014 in the area of environmental justice/environmental equality. We seek candidates with a specific research focus on water access issues of concern to groups that traditionally have been marginalized in society, including, but not limited to, indigenous peoples, women, and communities of color. The individual in this position will have a 75% appointment in the Sociology Department and a 25% appointment in ESPP, and will be expected to develop a well-defined research agenda, with a focus in the United States or overseas or both. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a sustained program of external grant support for their research program. Candidates must display evidence of excellence in research and must be committed to undergraduate and graduate education.

The position is part of MSU’s Global Water Initiative (water.msu.edu), an effort to mobilize research expertise across the campus to address the world’s most compelling water issues. With over 100 faculty members already working in water-related disciplines, the university has expertise spanning academic units within the natural, social, and engineering sciences. Over the next few years, the MSU Global Water Initiative will coordinate recruitment of 16 new faculty researchers across the disciplinary spectrum. New hires will collaborate with current faculty to enhance disciplinary expertise, strengthen linkages across disciplines, and create new advances in water science, technology, and policy.

All candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or related field. The ideal applicant should have a solid understanding of the intersection between environmental justice and environmental equity issues including but not limited to governance, political economy and political ecology, law or policy, development, social movements, stratification, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and health disparities. Experience with spatial analysis is welcome. The ideal candidate will have experience and a willingness to work collaboratively with faculty in other disciplines, such as the physical and ecological sciences, agriculture and natural resources, biology, engineering, law, and medical and health professionals.

All applications must be submitted through the MSU application web site at https://jobs.msu.edu (Posting #8199).

All applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, examples of published research, and three letters of reference. Questions may be addressed to Professor Tom Dietz, Search Committee Chair, at soc1@msu.edu.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  

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MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.