Assistant/Associate Professor of Indigenous Environmental Science

Expiring today

New York, Iowa, US
Aug 20, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
  • Syracuse, NY, USA
  • Aug 16, 2021
Full time Education Job Description
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Indigenous Environmental Science. We seek a highly motivated scholar and educator to play a leadership role in the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and to advance education, research, and outreach which draws upon both Indigenous knowledges and western environmental sciences. Indigenous Environmental Science includes the study of the environment from the perspective of a broad range of environmental STEM disciplines which engages Indigenous knowledge systems and is focused on application to indigenous ecological and cultural landscapes. The area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will have training and experience in environmental science disciplines, with focal areas in restoration ecology, conservation biology, ethnoecology, or related fields. Experience in cross-cultural mentoring is valued. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to collaboration with Indigenous partners.

Responsibilities: The effort distribution for this position is 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% service, where service includes community outreach and research with and on behalf of Indigenous partners. Specific responsibilities include: 1) teaching an undergraduate course in Indigenous Issues and the Environment, a graduate/advanced undergraduate level course which integrates Indigenous perspectives and environmental science in the candidate's area of expertise, plus a field course or graduate seminars in their area of specialty, 2) serve in a leadership role in the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment which includes mentoring of graduate students and undergraduates, and 3) establish an extramurally supported research program that involves training undergraduates, graduate students

Required Qualifications:
  • D. in a related field
  • Demonstrated research focus in Indigenous Environmental Science and its applications, including but not limited to restoration, conservation, resource management, environmental justice or allied environmental disciplines
  • Strong record of working effectively with and on behalf of Indigenous partners
  • Evidence of creativity, quality, and productivity in scholarship and teaching
  • Evidence of ability to develop an active, extramurally-funded graduate research program

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of experience in creating synergy between Indigenous and western scientific ways of knowing
  • Demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Evidence of ability to work across boundaries of cultures, institutions, government, tribal and private environmental entities

The Department, College, and broader Community: The Indigenous Environmental Science position will be housed within the Department of Environmental Biology at SUNY-ESF ( ) with flexibility to affiliate with other departments which match the candidate's interests. The Department of Environmental Biology is also home to the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment ( ) CNPE. The CNPE faculty, staff and students are engaged in education, research and outreach to prepare the next generation of scholars and practitioners to engage with Indigenous ecological knowledge and worldview, in partnership with scientific tools, in service to ecological and cultural flourishing. The CNPE is a member of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership ( ). The Department is also home to the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Program ( ), and the Roosevelt Wild Life Station ( ). We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to sustain program excellence and offer varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. The Department has 30 faculty, 130 graduate students, 630 undergraduate students and encompasses a wide range of disciplines and approaches from molecules to landscapes including plant ecology, biotechnology, mycology, microbial ecology, entomology, forest health, restoration ecology as well as hosting the oldest, and today one of the largest, combined programs in Aquatics & Fisheries, Wildlife Science, and Conservation Biology in the nation. We also offer interdisciplinary graduate study through the Graduate Program in Environmental Science ( ) . ESF also hosts the Center for Community Design Research ( )

ESF is a specialized PhD-granting college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and is a Carnegie R2 "High Research Activity" Institution that consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and other national college guidebooks. With a total enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, ESF provides an intimate small-college atmosphere while its immediate proximity to Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University fosters a vibrant, diverse, large-university setting. ESF's more than 25,000 acres of forest properties, both close to Syracuse and across the Adirondack Park, provide numerous opportunities for experiential coursework and research.

Located in the territory of the Onondaga Nation, the center of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment has a decades-long history of productive collaboration with Indigenous partners. Undergraduates may pursue a minor in Native Peoples and the Environment and ESF is a member of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.

Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes region, Syracuse is a small city in a rural region offering a diversity of natural and cultural amenities, a low cost of living, and a high quality of life - ranking among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live" in "The Places Rated Almanac." Syracuse is situated with easy access to New York City, the Adirondack Park, and many other points of interest in the eastern United States and Canada.

Starting Salary: commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: Applications should include: 1) a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of plans to foster diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and service, 4) a statement of research interests and vision, and 5) a statement of teaching philosophy and vision. The diversity, teaching, and research statements should not exceed 2 pages each, and we welcome statements demonstrating integrative and collaborative approaches that complement departmental strengths. The entire application should be compiled as a single pdf document (not exceeding 10 MB) and submitted via the Human Resources online portal ( , see Current Openings). Selected applicants will be asked to provide three professional letters of reference. Questions about the application process and document submission should be directed to .

Application Deadline: To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by September 30 2021, although this position will remain open until filled.

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all its members. Diversity that arises from differences such as, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or religious traditions is central and indispensable to the institutional excellence and mission of the College.

ESF is actively recruiting diverse faculty of all backgrounds. In efforts and our commitment to the goal of building a diverse workforce we are participating in PRODiG. PRODiG ("Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth") aims to increase the representation of historically underrepresented faculty at SUNY including underrepresented minority ("URM") faculty in general and women faculty of all races in STEM fields ("WSTEM").


SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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