Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Position ID:Georgetown University-Graduate School of Arts and Sciences-ORPS [#26684]
Position Title: Open Rank Professor of Sustainability (Tenure Line)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Washington, Washington 20007, United States
Subject Area: Sustainability
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2023/11/21)
Position Description:    

Open Rank Professor of Sustainability (Tenure Line)
Georgetown University: Main Campus: Graduate School

Location: Washington, DC
Open Date: Oct 27, 2023

The Earth Commons (ECo Institute) within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Georgetown University seeks to hire a tenure line faculty member at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The faculty member will be based within the ECo Institute, with their tenure home within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The ideal candidate is an interdisciplinary scholar with interests in sustainability science, human-environment interactions, or sustainability governance, and who also has demonstrated ability to connect with related areas of sustainability research and practice. This includes engaging with policymakers, engaging local communities in research needs and design, implementing strategies and solutions through partnerships with stakeholders, and communicating research and planning activities to diverse audiences. The successful candidate would develop a strong research program at the interface of multiple areas, including but not limited to sustainability science, human-environment interactions, environmental policy, sustainability governance, sustainable business, waste science, life-cycle design and assessment, sustainable product design, energy systems, food systems, water and marine systems, ecosystem services, ecological belonging, environmental equity and justice, and environmental systems dynamics.

We are looking for a scholar with a stellar record of research and scholarly publications, and the capacity to secure external funding within their own discipline, who brings diverse perspectives, and has potential to contribute significantly to interdisciplinary efforts. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of communicating their academic research both to the general public and to policymakers in person, as well as through the media. They will bring lived experience and/or experience engaging with human communities affected by environmental issues. They will also employ inclusive pedagogical practices, have experience teaching students using experiential and active learning techniques.

This faculty member in this role will contribute to the development and delivery of the innovative pedagogical and experiential components for our new undergraduate curricula, and would help connect our various faculty with the ongoing work of the Earth Commons, the Office of Sustainability as well as other university partners. We seek an individual who can lead efforts to communicate complex sustainability-relevant science and scholarship to a broad audience, with demonstrated success in innovative broad engagement and a passion for building capacity within the Earth Commons.

The successful applicant will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to teaching and research and will have a strong commitment to securing funding for building a successful research program. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research of many programs on campus, including the Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability Management ( and the new Master of Science in Environment and International Affairs ( The faculty member will also contribute to other emerging interdisciplinary environmental programs and degrees of the ECo Institute - an undergraduate major, university wide minor, and other master's degrees and a doctoral program.

The ECo Institute is a rapidly growing university priority and will be located, in part, on the downtown Capitol Campus. This position is central to Georgetown's efforts to be a leader in environment and sustainability research, teaching, and action all in the vibrant Washington D.C. region that has an important history with BIPOC and low-income communities. All of the candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a related field, have a strong academic background and a demonstrated potential for excellence in research grant acquisition and interest in developing programs within the DC community and whose scholarly contributions advance the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

As the ECo Institute grows its faculty, it is building bridges with schools and programs across the university. The ECo Institute is committed to hiring dedicated scientists who will be able to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in the areas of Environmental Science, Climate Science, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Economics, and Sustainability, and to develop new impactful programs and degrees.


Application Instructions
Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements (latter two documents not to exceed two pages each), a diversity and inclusion statement (one page), names and contact information of three referees, 3 publications or papers under review, and recent teaching evaluations (if available). All candidates must hold a PhD by the time of employment. The start date for this position is August 1, 2024. Applications for this position must be made via Georgetown’s online application management system by clicking on Apply Now at Faxed, mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.

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