Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Global Environment

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Global Environment


George Mason University’s Global Affairs Program (GLOA) and School of Integrative Studies (SIS) invite applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Global Environment to start August 2022. The tenure home of this position is GLOA.


GLOA and SIS seek applicants whose research and teaching are in at least one of the following areas: climate change, energy, environmental justice, environmental migration, environmental policy and governance, environmental security, global environmental regimes, race and the environment, social ecology, and/or sustainability. Pertinent disciplinary backgrounds would include, but not be limited to, environment and sustainability, science and technology studies, public policy, global studies, international relations, sociology, geography, political science, or closely related fields. Preference will be given to those who complement rather than duplicate existing program expertise and faculty research in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Scholars working with Native (or Indigenous) North American peoples would also be welcome as would those whose research interests are cross-country or -region. The primary unit is the Global Affairs Program, and the position will contribute teaching and service to SIS.


We are looking for a candidate who can contribute in teaching, advising, and programming to both the indicated areas of specialization as well as the core curriculum in our undergraduate and graduate (master’s) programs. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain a robust research program in their area of expertise, produce peer-reviewed publications, seek external grant funding, engage in multidisciplinary collaborations, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in faculty governance as well as professional organizations and societies.


George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates who will enrich the university’s academic and culturally inclusive environment to apply.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a pertinent field or discipline as specified above by time of appointment;
  • Demonstrably strong potential for excellence in scholarship;
  • Record of successful teaching; 
  • Ability and commitment to teach introductory courses and advanced courses on the environment in Global Affairs and SIS; and
  • Commitment to working with students of diverse backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants with active research profile in pertinent topics;
  • Strong quantitative or mixed research methods that contribute to the methodological diversity of GLOA and SIS;
  • Teaching and research interests involve regions in geographic locales that would complement faculty research in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe or whose teaching and research interests are cross-country or –region; and 
  • Experience teaching in interdisciplinary classroom settings and working with a diverse student population.



About George Mason University:

George Mason University is a doctoral research university designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an institution of “highest research activity” (R1). George Mason University is the largest public research university in the state of Virginia and has one of the nation’s most diverse student populations. We strongly value being an equal opportunity employer. 


About the Global Affairs Program:

The Program is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 450 undergraduate majors and more than 70 Master’s degree students. The program has grown rapidly in the past several years with impressive academic and cultural diversity in the faculty and established a robust inter-departmental collaborative network for teaching and research. GLOA is also one of the most popular undergraduate majors in Mason’s Songdo Campus in South Korea where GLOA faculty are offered ‘in-residence’ opportunities for teaching and research. For more information about the Global Affairs Program, please go to globalaffairs.gmu.edu.


About the School of Integrative Studies:

The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) is a program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. SIS enrolls approximately 1000 undergraduates across five interdisciplinary majors: the BA and BS in Integrative Studies; the BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies; the Bachelor of Individualized Study; and the BA in Human Development and Family Science. SIS is committed to integrating interdisciplinary knowledge with lifelong learning by offering experiential, hands-on learning that connects the classroom to the world. Our community encourages students to engage in active learning, independent study, and research that responds to the needs and opportunities of a diverse society while preparing them for responsible leadership and citizenship.


Special Instructions to Applicants   

For full consideration, please apply for position number F9611z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ by 11/22/2021, although the application will remain open until the position is filled. Complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter of intent clearly addressing how the candidate fulfills the required qualifications, curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references with contact information. Other materials such as research and teaching statements are not required for the initial screening. For questions, please contact Dr. Byunghwan Son (bson3@gmu.edu), the search committee chair.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.