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University of Buffalo, Kikta Chair in Environment and Sustainability

The Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo seeks to hire an Associate or Full Professor for the newly created Kikta Chair.

A focus of the chairholder’s responsibilities will be experiential, problem-based teaching. In addition to well-established expertise in environmental and sustainability issues, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to developing innovative experiential learning programs. The specific research field is open – and we value non-academic work experience in addition to traditional scholarly achievements appropriate to the rank.

The Department is in its second year, with 8 full-time faculty and 10 faculty with appointments that are split with other departments. The Department is growing rapidly. Three full-time faculty have been hired in the past year, and we have approval for a future cluster hire of three additional full-time tenure-track faculty. The Kikta Chair, thanks to the generosity of UB graduate Edward Kikta, is in addition to those hires.

Our interdisciplinary faculty brings training in ecology, history, geography, sustainability studies, sociology, gender studies, communication, geology, anthropology, and media studies. The Department has long established undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies and Environmental Geosciences; graduate programs in Sustainability Leadership and Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, and plans to offer additional degrees. For more about the department, go to

Western New York is a superb place for studying the critical nexus of societal and environmental problems. The region includes rural, suburban and urban environments as well as two of the Great Lakes. Our faculty work with a diversity of partners in the region, including environmental-justice groups, a sustainable-business roundtable, as well as organizations focused on environmental conservation and restoration.

The University at Buffalo is the largest of the State University of New York institutions and a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities. The university has a full array of professional schools. Our master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership is a partnership between the schools of Management, Engineering, and Architecture and Planning and the College of Arts and Sciences.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of department chair. We seek an established scholar and motivated leader committed to innovative research and scholarship, applied teaching methods, and professional excellence to promote our dynamic interdisciplinary department. We take a transdisciplinary approach to addressing socioeconomic, technological, and environmental change to create a sustainable, just, and prosperous world. Our faculty are institutional leaders in action-based learning, applied inquiry, and community-engaged research. We offer two graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Environmental & Energy Policy and Industrial Heritage & Archaeology. The department's undergraduate majors include Sustainability Science and Society, Anthropology, History, and Social Sciences. Candidates must articulate how their areas of specialization and professional experience will enhance these research and teaching strengths. These areas may include but are not limited to environmental history, public health and policy, climate and society, heritage policy and governance, risk and resiliency, cultural and natural heritage, and the politics and legacies of deindustrialization. A Ph.D. in a field that articulates with our Department of Social Sciences is required. Full and Associate Professors may apply. 

The review of applications will commence on January 22, 2021.

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Sarah Fayen Scarlett at or (906) 487-2110. You can find out more about this position, including where to submit your materials electronically at:

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in Environmental Humanities, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

The Environmental Programs at Lafayette College invite applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Humanities beginning July 1, 2021. The successful applicant will teach a 3-3 load including an introductory course in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major, one intermediate-level course in Environmental Justice, a second intermediate level-course (e.g., in Environmental Literature, Indigenous Studies, Global Ecologies), and one advanced course in his or her area of expertise.

The review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please submit application materials by March 15th, 2021.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of teaching and research interests, vita, college and graduate school transcripts, and three letters of reference via the interfolio interface: Please direct any questions to search committee chair, Megan Rothenberger,  

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all its students, staff, and faculty. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. 

Three Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows, Centre for History & Population, UNSW, Sydney 

Applications are currently open for three Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows at the Laureate Centre for History & Population at UNSW, Sydney ( Successful candidates will undertake independent and collaborative research on aspects of the modern (post 1800) history of population policy; the intellectual history of population and political economy; and/or the international history of population debate, including environmental history dimensions. Preference may be given to historians or historical geographers of India, China or Japan, or of the United Nations’ engagement with population matters.

The Laureate Centre for History & Population is a 5-year Australian Research Council-funded research centre directed by Professor Alison Bashford. Working with Professor Bashford, Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows will contribute to a reassessment of modern world history by centrally analysing population change and population policy, at national, regional and international levels within a ‘multiple modernities’ framework, and by analysing Malthusian theories, their uptake, translation and critique, across a range of modern polities. Environmental, economic, and intellectual historians, as well as historians of gender and health are invited to apply.

Applications close on March 15, 2021. Postdoctoral appointments are for three years, commencing July 1, 2021 or soon thereafter. You can find out more about the positions and apply here:  

Thoreau Society Fellowships

The Thoreau Society is now accepting proposals for its two 2021 fellowships. The Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship and the Thoreau County Conservation Association Graduate Student Fellowship both offer $1,000 to support projects that advance Thoreau studies or draw on Thoreau’s biography and writings to contribute to related fields (Thoreau’s circle, Transcendentalism, civil disobedience and social justice, environmentalism and conservation, among other topics). The Thoreau Society Fellowships Committee will give preference to proposals that target materials held at the Thoreau Institute Library in Lincoln, Massachusetts, including the Walter Harding Collection, the Thoreau County Conservation Alliance ArchivesThe Thoreau Society collections, or materials held in Boston-area archives that are not otherwise accessible. Because of the pandemic and the uncertainty as to when archives will open, the Thoreau Society welcomes proposals for archival work that will be undertaken when archives re-open. Applicants should email the following to Thoreau Society Fellowships Committee Chair James Finley (  

  1. Proposal of no more than one thousand words. Please describe the project and its significance, situating the work within relevant scholarship, detail the work you wish to undertake with the fellowship’s support, and outline your plan for sharing the results of your work. Please specify the resources you wish to consult at the Thoreau Institute or in the archives of the greater Boston area.  
  2. Projected budget. Please describe how you plan to utilize the award in support of your project.   
  3. Current curriculum vitae or resume.  
  4. For the TCCA Graduate Student Fellowship – A (short) letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the graduate student’s work and proposed project (emailed separately to  

Applications are due by Thursday, April 1, 2021. The Fellowships Committee will contact the awardee by the end of April. The award will be publicly acknowledged in July during the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (either virtually or in person). Awardees are requested to present the fruits of their archival labors at a subsequent Annual Gathering. Please contact the Fellowships Committee Chair with questions.  

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