[ES_JOBS_NET] Western Washington University - Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analysis, Social Justice, and Climate Change

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Dec 14 19:01:32 MST 2017

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*Subject:* [Caglist] Western Washington University - Assistant Professor in
Geospatial Analysis, Social Justice, and Climate Change

*Western Washington University*
*Huxley College of the Environment*

*Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analysis, Social Justice, and Climate

*About the Position:* Western’s Department of Environmental Studies invites
candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in geospatial analysis,
social justice, and climate change at the rank of assistant professor,
beginning Fall 2018.  As the world is confronting immediate and long-term
problems of environmental change and degradation, especially the socially
and geographically uneven effects of climate change, it is crucial to
understand and integrate multiple knowledge systems and approaches to
advance equity of environmental outcomes, especially along racial,
economic, and cultural lines.  We understand social justice and the
environment in broad terms and invite applicants with teaching and research
interests that can support the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) minor and
Geographic Information Science (GIS) program.

The position is open to scholars with local, national, and global
perspectives and with a variety of methodological approaches and
theoretical perspectives.  We expect our new colleague to help advance
liberal arts and sciences, through collaborative and interdisciplinary
engagement with our department, college, and university.

About Western, Huxley, and the Department of Environmental Studies: Western
Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the
oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized national
leader in producing the next generation of environmental stewards. The
College’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical,
biological, social, and cultural world. This innovative and
interdisciplinary approach makes Huxley unique. The College has earned
international recognition for the quality of its programs.

Huxley College and the Department of Environmental Studies support
Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and
perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the
potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage
applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities,
veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with
diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

With 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty, the Department of Environmental
Studies is able to offer BA degrees in Environmental Studies, Geography,
Environmental Policy, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, and
Environmental Education, as well as an MA in Environmental Studies and a
MEd in Environmental Education. The department is home to two
interdisciplinary research institutes: the Resilience Institute and the
Spatial Institute.

The Resilience Institute facilitates scholarship, education and
community-based planning as a way to minimize loss and enhance equitable
recovery from disasters. The Institute supports Huxley’s DRR minor, which
examines disasters as the unequitable outcomes of social, political,
economic and historical processes that are often rooted in systems of
oppression and marginalization. A DRR approach seeks to reduce risk by
addressing these root causes of social vulnerability.

The Spatial Institute is an interdisciplinary center for geospatial
research. The Institute focuses on applied GIS, cartography, and remote
sensing, with an emphasis on environmental problem solving. The Spatial
Institute acts as a hub for faculty, student, and community collaboration
on spatial projects and plays a key role in supporting Huxley College's GIS
curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including our GIS
minor and GIS Certificate.

Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, nested between Vancouver and
Seattle, and recognizes the rich diversity as well as the responsibility of
being located on indigenous lands. Western seeks to recruit and retain a
diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of
Washington, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our
students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and
learning. With over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate
school, Western is nationally recognized for its educational programs,
students and faculty. Bellingham is a coastal community of 83,000
overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Cascade mountain
range.  Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university
in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report

The Department of Environmental Studies is particularly committed to
diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and staff, and we
especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this
commitment through active engagement in the department, university, and
wider community. A separate statement that addresses past experiences with,
and/or plans for, initiating contributions to diversity, equity and
inclusion should also be included in the application materials.

*Position Responsibilities:*

Teaching is the primary responsibility for tenure track faculty in
Environmental Studies; scholarship and service are important secondary
responsibilities. Responsibilities include:

o   Teach approximately five classes during the academic year, which
includes a fall, winter, and spring quarter, covering existing courses in
the Disaster Risk Reduction minor and Geographic Information Science
program, as well as contribute to other existing or new department
offerings. Incorporating climate justice themes throughout is encouraged.

o   Coordinate with program leads and department chair in course assignment
and scheduling.

o   Engage in continuous teaching improvement through professional
development, departmental peer evaluation, and staying abreast of the field.

o   Share in department responsibilities for undergraduate advising, with
support from the Huxley College Centralized Student Services.

o   Support undergraduate internship and independent studies, mentor
students. Some faculty additionally advise masters’ students.

o   Fulfill all teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that
provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

o   Maintain a program of scholarly and creative activity that is an
evolving expression of the faculty’s intellectual and applied interests.

o   Collaborate on research, outreach, and service and participate in the
governance of the Resilience and/or Spatial Institutes.

o   Serve on committee(s) at the department level, with additional service
on college and university committees, tasks forces, and other activities
expected near and following tenure.

o   Engage in off-campus service, including service to scholarly and
professional associations and/or community service.

*Required Qualifications:*

· Ph.D. or ABD in environmental studies/science, climate sciences,
geography, anthropology, ethnic studies, urban planning, public policy,
political science, or a closely related field, required by appointment
date. Candidates appointed ABD must complete degree requirements by June
15th of their first year. If a candidate appointed ABD does not complete
degree requirements by June 15th of the first year, the second year
contract shall be a terminal contract.

· A record of effectiveness or demonstrated potential for teaching courses
in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) minor and at least two courses in our
Geographic Information Science (GIS) program, as well as integrating
content on climate change or its impacts into these and other courses.

· A record of high quality scholarship – which may include applied or
engaged forms – that focuses on policies, practices, institutions, and
communities in ways that advance equity of environmental outcomes,
especially along racial, economic, and cultural lines. The candidate is
expected to produce peer-reviewed publications from this scholarship.

·  Primary focus of scholarship that intersects social and environmental
justice – locally, nationally, and/or internationally – with one or more of
the following dimensions:

o   Critical approaches to climate change adaptation or mitigation;

o   Disaster risk reduction or post-disaster recovery;

o   Critical and/or participatory approaches to GIS;

o   Applications of GIS and/or DRR to indigenous movements, social
movements or grassroots community mobilization; or

o   Socio-environmental modeling.

· A strong vision for excellence in teaching and mentorship.

· Demonstrated ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
within the department.

·  Demonstrated ability to address the needs of a student population of
growing diversity – by race, ethnicity, gender, age, academic preparation,
and cultural and social background – through course materials, teaching
strategies, and advisement.

· Demonstrated research, professional experience, or community volunteer
work with communities that have been historically marginalized or

· Ability to cross disciplinary boundaries and collaborate on research,
outreach, and service with the Resilience Institute, Spatial Institute, or
other areas of the Environmental Studies department.

*Preferred Qualifications:*

· A clearly defined research program that includes plans to seek external
funding to support research and department activities.

· A clearly defined research and/or service program of community engagement.

· Ability to support department STEM teaching needs, including those
currently offered and those identified by the candidate.

*Academic Emphasis*: Environmental Studies

*Job Location:* Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

*Salary:* Commensurate with experience and qualifications

*Bargaining Union*: United Faculty of Western Washington

*Application Instructions and Requested Documents*: Applicants must apply
online via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at
wwu.edu/jobs. Note: Internet Explorer is recommended. As part of a complete
application, candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter describing the
applicant’s record of, and future plans for, addressing the required and
preferred qualifications, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a separate statement
that addresses past experiences with, and/or plans for, initiating
contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and 4) the names and
contact information for three academic references.

*Closing/Review Date: *Review of applications begins January 20, 2018;
position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative
action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty
and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are
strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in
furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and
embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or
genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment,
admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the
Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX & ADA
Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old
Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307
<(360)%20650-3307> (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo at wwu.edu.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified
individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an
alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human
Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 <(360)%20650-3774> or 711
(Washington Relay).
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