Candidates sought for environmental justice faculty position

December 13, 2011

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison are seeking applicants for a new tenure-track assistant professor position in environmental justice.

The appointee will play an active role in the research, teaching and service activities in the area of environmental justice, with particular focus on environmental health burdens faced by vulnerable communities in domestic or international contexts. The new faculty member is also expected to participate in service to the community, state, nation and profession in a manner consistent with the appointment.

"This is an exciting new hire as momentum builds around scholarship and undergraduate teaching in the area of environmental justice at UW-Madison, and as we redefine the environment to include the places where people live, work and play," says Gregg Mitman, interim director of the Nelson Institute. "This position will play a leadership role in advancing our Community and Environmental Scholars Program and other community-driven environmental education, research and engagement activities."

The Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program connects a diverse cohort of undergraduate students with community-based environmental organizations. Through direct service, research, personal networking and community organizing experiences, the program offers students an academic framework for examining the links between environmental studies and community service and developing perspectives and solutions around complex issues.

Review of applications will begin January 15. Scholars who are working on issues of environmental health from a variety of perspectives (food systems, pollution, land use, race and gender studies, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Strong candidates for this position should value and be able to conduct community-based research with underrepresented and/or marginalized populations.