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Assistant Professor - Environmental Justice

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Comparative History of Ideas

Title: Assistant Professor - Environmental Justice

Position Details

Position Description

The Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of environmental justice. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to: scholarly work in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the intersections of the critical study of indigeneity, race, species, gender, and the environmental humanities from and in any part of the world; scholarship that centers the differential impacts of climate change and other environmental forces on racial and structural inequalities; community engagement; and public-facing scholarship.


CHID is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate department that is often described as a liberal arts college amid a large R1 institution. The department faculty represents a range of disciplines and approaches in multiple fields including Indigenous Studies, African and African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, Anthropology, Cinema and Media Studies, Animal Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Literary Studies, Intellectual History, and much more. The department also engages in Critical Global Studies, with scholarly expertise in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Europe, and the US. Excellent and inclusive undergraduate teaching is expected, as well as significant mentoring. You can read more about CHID’s guiding principles here: As reflected in our Diversity Statement, CHID also has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion:

UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. This position has an anticipated start date of September 16, 2024, and will have a 9-month service period. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in their areas of specialization, teaching four courses per academic year over three quarters.

Washington State Law requires that this ad list a binding salary range. The base salary range for this position will be $9,000 - $13,000 per month on a 9-month basis ($81,000 - $117,000 annually), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


A PhD or foreign equivalent in a relevant humanities or humanistic social sciences degree is expected by the start of the appointment.


Applicants must submit the following documents:

•    Letter of application: A 2–3-page statement that includes a description of research, teaching interests, and future projects;

    •    Curriculum Vitae;

    •    Names and contact information of 3 academic references (letters will be requested later);

    •    Diversity and Equity statement: A one-page statement that describes how the applicant has   demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their work to date, and how their research, teaching, and service at the University of Washington will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity; and

   •     Teaching statement: A one-page statement detailing teaching experience and philosophy.

Review of applications will begin on Monday October 2, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Professor María Elena García ( with any questions regarding the search.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

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