Colby College: Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies - (Energy and Climate Policy)

Waterville, ME

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Energy and Climate Policy to begin September 1, 2019. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in environmental studies, public policy, or a related interdisciplinary environmental field as well as a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Postdoctoral experience preferred. The teaching load is 4.5 courses, including a survey course in energy and climate policy, upper-level electives in an area of specialty, and contribution on a rotating basis to the Program's required introductory, US or international policy, and senior capstone courses.

We are particularly interested in candidates with interdisciplinary expertise related to energy policy, science, and technology including, but not limited to, energy production, storage, transmission, transportation, and regulation. Familiarity with renewable energy systems, a concrete methodological toolkit (e.g., policy analysis, systems modeling, data analytics), and cross-coupling of energy with climate policy, mitigation, and adaptation preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to collaborate with faculty and students from multiple departments and programs, establish a vigorous research program that includes undergraduate students, and present a vision for contributing to a new curriculum in energy and climate policy. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

We are currently hiring two tenure-track positions in Environmental Studies: International Environmental Policy and Energy/Climate Policy. We encourage candidates to describe, if relevant, how their teaching and research might complement an International Environmental Policy position. The Environmental Studies Program offers majors in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Computation, and a minor in Environmental Studies. For more information about the Environmental Studies Program, faculty, courses, and positions please see the Environmental Studies Program website at

Colby College is uniquely suited to support teaching and research at the interface or energy and climate. Sustainable energy is an institutional priority: Colby has a 1.9 Megawatt solar array and biomass-fueled heating plant, purchases 100% renewable electricity, and was one of the first colleges and universities in the nation to declare net zero carbon emissions. There are abundant opportunities for collaboration with faculty across the college and with partners in Maine and elsewhere. The Environmental Studies Program has a robust program for supporting student research, internships, and civic engagement in Maine and around the nation and world.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests that should include evidence of a commitment to the value of diversity in education and experience with inclusive teaching, reprints of selected publications, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three names for letters of reference. Application review will begin October 24 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran's status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution's education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby's Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

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last updated 24-Sep-2018