Assistant Professor of Environmental and Society Equity and Justice

Mount Holyoke College

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a tenure-track position in environmental and social equity and justice to begin Fall 2022. The search is open to candidates working in any discipline or area of environmental and social equity and justice. We are particularly interested in candidates with an emphasis on humanistic perspectives. Areas of specialty are open but could include: environmental art, history, or literature; ecocriticism; ethics; religion and ecology; queer ecologies and ecofeminism; post-colonial environmentalism and indigenous studies; climate or health justice; just sustainabilities or futures; or other areas. The successful candidate will have: a strong interest in cross-disciplinary teaching and research; a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion; and a commitment to undergraduate, liberal-arts education. The hired applicant will be expected to employ interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches in teaching and in an active research program that ideally involves undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities will include participation in teaching introductory and capstone courses as well as development and teaching of intermediate and advanced courses in the field. A Ph.D. is required (we will consider A.B.D. candidates also), and post-doctoral research, teaching, or mentoring experience is helpful. Teaching load is 2/2; salary is competitive.

Although the position will initially be housed in the Department of Environmental Studies, it will soon be in a new Department of Earth, Environment, and Sustainability (EES), and is supported in part by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The EES curriculum will offer students a foundation for understanding Earth’s natural systems and their interactions with political, economic, social, cultural, and historical factors from global to local scales. The new EES Department will result from a planned merger of the Department of Environmental Studies with the Department of Geology and Geography. The successful candidate will participate in building this new interdisciplinary major and curriculum.

Please submit here a letter of application, a C.V., and statements covering (1) research interests, (2) teaching philosophy, (3) the mentoring of a diverse student body. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Review of applications will begin on Friday October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For additional questions, contact Tim Farnham, Chair of the search committee and of the Department of Environmental Studies, at

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Posted: September 23, 2021