Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Environmental Studies

Humboldt State University Published: October 20, 2018
Arcata, California
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~ Humboldt State students enjoy an extraordinary college experience, taking small classes taught by professors who know them by name. ~

They live and learn in one of the world's most beautiful places—near ancient redwood forests, mountains and beaches. We are located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West's best college towns.

The Environmental Studies Program provides students with a liberal arts approach to environmental challenges, with a thematic focus on social justice and social change. Majors seek practical and theoretical skills to explore structural causes of environmental injustice, build community, and address real-world problems. The program includes courses from across all three colleges on campus, and is also unique in its strong connections with the arts and humanities.

The Environmental Studies Program is located in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, which offers study in the humanities, visual and performing arts, and the social sciences. The faculty is represented in collective bargaining by the California Faculty Association. Our community includes award-winning filmmakers, nationally and internationally exhibited visual artists, internationally recognized environmental creative practitioners and scholars, world-class musicians, and active scholars and organizational leaders in their disciplines.

The College is the campus hub for national and international field and study abroad programs. In addition, we prioritize service learning, faculty-student research projects and the integration of career development topics in the classroom. Our faculty and students lead annual social justice and diversity conferences on campus that complement classroom learning experiences. The College includes one of three Native American Studies majors in the California State University and the first multicultural queer studies minor in the system. The college community works to sustain a learning environment that recognizes the value of diversity and encourages intellectual growth, personal expression, mutual respect, and social responsibility.

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Position Overview

Humboldt State University’s Environmental Studies Program invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track faculty position. We seek 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. The program’s administrative home is the Department of Geography.


  •  At HSU, teaching effectiveness is essential for faculty retention, tenure and promotion.
  • Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong action-oriented record of scholarship.
  • Instructional assignments are expected to include: Introduction to Environmental Studies; Power, Privilege, and the Environment; Research and Analysis in Environmental Studies; Topics in Nature/Culture; Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Experience.
  • Instructional assignments may also include other courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise, as well as teaching in the M.A. Program in Environment and Community. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the needs of the program and students.
  • The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship and creative activity; and service to the University, profession and to the community.
  • Related responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions including assessment of learning.
  • 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.


An earned PhD or equivalent in Environmental Studies or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred at the time of appointment. Applicants with considerable progress towards terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. Completion of terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment (August 2020).

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of, or potential for, effective teaching using a variety of methodologies.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, a commitment to equity and inclusion in pedagogy and curricula.
  • Interest and ability to teach the Environmental Studies courses listed in the course catalogue and general education courses, and willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.
  • Passion for involving and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarly activity.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, scholarly productivity and publication that addresses environmental questions through lenses of racial and/or social and environmental justice.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Interdisciplinary training with a strong grounding in the social sciences.
  • Experience with participatory (action-oriented) research, learning, and/or pedagogy.
  • Experience with first year student learning communities or other first year initiatives.
  • Ability to integrate global or international perspectives in teaching and/or scholarship.
  • Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

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.


  • 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 current California State University Salary Schedule is available here.
  • Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found here.

To Apply

Please click "Apply on Company Website" below to upload the following materials through Interfolio:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
  • Sample syllabi;
  • Teaching evaluations, if available;
  • Sample of scholarly work, such as a journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter;
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Environmental Studies Program, or Humboldt State University to:

Dr. John Meyer, Search Committee Chair
Environmental Studies Program
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone (707) 826-3946

This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 15, 2018. Early response is encouraged.

~ Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty, staff, and administrators of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. ~

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