Assistant Professor- World Environmental History

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Job Type: Tenure Track

Application Deadline: November 12, 2013

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Candidate should be an economic, intellectual, or cultural historian working on transnational exchange and environmental transformation in the modern and/or early modern periods. Ideal candidates are scholars whose work on the global circulation and movement of knowledge, capital, or organisms advances understanding of environmental and social change in regions such as the Atlantic, Pacific, and/or Mediterranean worlds.

Applicants should be committed to scholarship and undergraduate teaching in environmental history, and must be comfortable and committed to working in interdisciplinary settings with students and colleagues in the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities.

Principal duties:

This assistant professor position is shared by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of History in the College of Letters and Science, and carries with it a commitment to the three important functions of teaching, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to faculty rank. It is expected that the appointee will play an active role in the research, teaching and service activities of both units.

General teaching responsibilities will include core courses in Environmental Studies and in History, including responsibility for teaching a world environmental history survey course for the new Environmental Studies major. The teaching load will be 2 courses per year in the Nelson Institute and 1 course per year in the History Department with at least one being a large enrollment undergraduate course each year. It is expected that all three courses would be cross-listed in both units and draw students from a wide range of departments across campus, even for graduate seminars. Supervision of graduate and undergraduate research is also expected.

The candidate is expected to participate in service to the community, state, nation, and profession in a manner consistent with the appointment. Specifically, it is expected that the appointee will play a leadership role in advancing the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE;, which is home to an interdisciplinary group of faculty, graduate students, and community members interested in understanding the changing relationships between people and environments over time. CHE’s activities include a biweekly colloquium series, annual graduate student conference and place-based workshop, biennial film festival, and graduate certificate, among others events and programs.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin on close of business on November 12, 2013.


Applications should include a letter of application and c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (strongly preferred length: under 50 pages of text). The writing sample may be a self-standing essay, or a chapter from a dissertation or book project. Chapters should be accompanied by a brief outline or statement (less than 2 pages) that sets the chapter in the context of the larger work and its argument. Electronic submission of documents is preferred.

Cover letter should be addressed to Professor Gregg Mitman, Search and Screen Committee Chair.

Materials should be sent to:

Kelly Rupp (
Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
122 Science Hall
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #77368 to:

Gregg Mitman
Phone: 608-262-9140
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Fax: N/A
122 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Posted: September 12, 2013