Assistant Professor of Environmental Analysis

Claremont, California
$93,000 - $95,000
Jul 10, 2024
Sep 08, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor appointment in the Environmental Humanities. We are interested in candidates who engage critical environmental approaches to humanities subjects, critical humanities approach to environmental subjects, or both. Interests could include but are not limited to literature and writing, digital humanities, visual and/or performing art, creative production, and/or other forms of representation or ways of thinking. Preference will be given to scholars and creative practitioners who take place-based approaches to the environmental humanities.

Particular areas of interest include but are not limited to land/landscape-based pedagogy, multispecies ethnography, intercultural perspectives on race and ethnicity in the environment, environmental visual culture, queer ecology, Indigenous epistemologies, and Anthropocene studies including climate impact, activism, resilience, mitigation, and adaptation. Our program values candidates who utilize land/landscape-based educational approaches, and multiple media and actions to help our students understand critical engagement with the diminishment of the biosphere and ecosystems services. We are searching for scholars who can probe, explicate, and unpack the apparatus of human-induced land degradation, extraction, climate change, and species destruction, and related impacts on people. We are, in addition, particularly interested in scholars and creative practitioners whose research and teaching interests are aligned with Africana Studies, Latinx Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, and/or gender & sexuality studies. We especially value candidates whose portfolio of scholarly or creative work demonstrates a fearless embrace of the uncertainties of the moment, encompasses the breadth of discourse across disciplines, and carves out new pathways that merge research and creative work with teaching and service or community engagement.

The successful candidate will develop courses within a liberal arts environment to document, interpret, and project futures within the lived-in world. Our new colleague will be asked to teach a section of Introduction to Environmental Analysis and to periodically offer a writing intensive first-year seminar. Additional courses might include Sustainable Ecosystems, Environmental Art & Design, Visual Ecology, and other classes that bridge the Sustainability and the Built Environment track, and the Environment and Society track of the Environmental Analysis major. A record of student engagement in hands-on learning and community praxis is favored. A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant discipline is expected.

Pitzer College has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College’s distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action. Pitzer College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For the successful applicant with the relevant interests, affiliations are possible with the intercollegiate departments of Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and/or the Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research, and Engagement. Collaborations with the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, the Institute for Global-Local Action and Study, the Community Engagement Center, and the CASA Pitzer program are encouraged.

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of excellence in teaching and research, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of commitment and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion, description of research, and three letters of recommendation. Additionally, candidates should include a separate statement that addresses how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contribute to the understanding of diversity at the College level.

Compensation range: $93,000 – $95,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training. Pitzer College is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, bereavement, etc.), tuition reimbursement, tuition exchange program participation and more. Questions may be directed to

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