Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies

The Bates College Program in Environmental Studies seeks to hire a lecturer in the environmental humanities to join a vibrant, multi-disciplinary community beginning August 1, 2023. We seek a scholar or scholar/practitioner in cultural studies, literature, or film studies who is attentive to hierarchies of power and privilege and can offer cross-cultural and/or transnational perspectives on environmental traditions. Fields and research approaches are open, but could include: critical race theory, ecocriticism and nature writing, ecofeminism/feminist environmentalism, energy humanities, indigenous and postcolonial environmentalisms, posthumanism and animal studies, and queer ecologies. The position carries a four-course teaching load. Courses taught will include an introductory environmental humanities course and two other courses currently in our curriculum. Candidates may also propose one or two courses in their area of expertise. A demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching and a record of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching are important.

We specifically seek applications from individuals with the ability to contribute to the continuing commitment of both the Environmental Studies Program and Bates to equity and inclusion, social and cultural diversity, and the transformative power of our differences. The search committee expects applicants to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas and describe how their research, teaching, and/or outreach can further this goal.


Candidates must hold a PhD or be ABD by August 1, 2023.

Application Instructions

Review of applications begins on March 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter (including a brief overview of scholarly work and a list of potential courses), curriculum vitae, a statement on teaching philosophy (1-2 pages), and a description of experience and interest in advancing the goals of equity and inclusion described above. Applicants should also arrange for two letters of recommendation in the event that the search committee requests them. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.