Visiting Assistant Professor of American Environmental Politics and Policy

The Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College invites applicants for a joint position (one year with renewal for a second year upon review) as a visiting assistant professor in Environmental Studies and the U.S. politics subfield, whose focus is on U.S. environmental politics and policy, and who can teach a range of courses on U.S. environmental politics, policy, law and institutions. In addition to an introductory environmental studies course, the successful candidate must be able to teach intermediate courses in some aspect of U.S. environmental politics and policy, an introductory course in US politics, a First Year Seminar, and a senior seminar in the field of environmental politics and policy (for a total of five courses).  These politics and policy courses could, for example, focus on environmental institutions, law and courts, public policy, environmental justice, or environmental policy history. 

A PhD or ABD in political science, government, environmental studies, or a closely related field is required. The projected start date is July 1, 2023.

As a joint appointment between the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Government and International Relations, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the collegial work of both academic disciplines. This joint appointment arrangement is currently working very well for coverage of international environmental politics, and our hopes are to replicate this success in the U.S. politics realm.  There are also opportunities to become involved in the College‚Äôs interdisciplinary environmental sustainability certificate program or the work of the Office of Sustainability.

Applicants should upload a letter of application, a C.V., teaching evaluations, a writing sample, graduate transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation to E-mail inquiries should be sent to Jane Dawson, Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Applications should be submitted by Feb. 26 for full consideration.

The teaching load for a full-time visitor is five courses per academic year. We value the contributions visitors bring to our community and encourage their active engagement with their departments and all aspects of campus life during the course of their appointment. Visiting faculty are initially participating members of the faculty and voting members in their second and subsequent years; their presence is welcome at all faculty meetings.    

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  AA/EOE

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster for COVID-19 and new employees must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources prior to the first day of employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the office of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols such as participation in weekly testing may be required of faculty, staff and students who have approved vaccine exemptions.        

Currently, the College is not sponsoring visas for this position.