Tenure Track Position in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies department at Davidson College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Change and Society, beginning July 1, 2020.

The ideal candidate will have completed coursework, taught courses and conducted research that connect social science theories and methods to multiple global environmental challenges, such as air pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change, environmental justice, food and water insecurity, natural resource extraction or urbanization. Relevant expertise in areas such as human values, markets, migration, public health, social learning and sustainable development within the context of environmental change is particularly welcome. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a social science discipline or interdisciplinary program by June 2020, a commitment to excellent teaching to a diverse undergraduate population and a desire to mentor undergraduate research projects.

We are particularly interested in candidates who can deepen our students’ interdisciplinary understanding of the anthropogenic causes of environmental change at the local and the global scale, the effects of these changes on human communities, and how communities and individuals are responding to these changes. We are also seeking candidates who are committed to teaching and research that includes possible solutions to global environmental challenges.

The potential to contribute to other programs (including Africana Studies, Anthropology, Data Science, Digital Studies, East Asian Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Health and Human Values, Latin American Studies, Sociology and South Asian Studies) will be viewed favorably, as will the candidate’s interest in and willingness to contribute to the first-year Writing Program or the requirement in Justice, Equality and Community. Ideal candidates will also incorporate research methods that cover both quantitative and qualitative techniques in their courses.

Apply online only. To ensure a full review of application materials, applications must be completed by October 1. Requested applications include a detailed cover letter with discrete sections describing: 1) teaching philosophy, 2) research interests and 3) how teaching, research, and/or service might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, a CV and three letters of reference.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures and national origin.

Environmental Studies Department

The Davidson College Environmental Studies Department is multi- and interdisciplinary across the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Current faculty have worked both within individual disciplines (such as anthropology, biology, earth sciences, economics, history, literature and political science) and across these disciplinary boundaries. The major is structured according to three tracks (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities); students complete an introductory sequence with coursework in all three tracks before choosing a ‘track’ where they will focus the depth of their work. During their final year, students complete a capstone project (i.e., senior thesis) working closely with a faculty member. Faculty mentoring has been shown to be productive for both the student and the faculty member with numerous student-first authored publications in recent years.


Faculty teach four courses in their first year and five courses in subsequent years. Excellent teaching is a focus of the faculty at Davidson. Excellent teaching can be broadly defined and includes, but is not limited to, employing active learning, inclusive pedagogy, teaching to diverse populations, experiential learning, community-based learning and other common pedagogical best practices. Students also learn through robust undergraduate research opportunities with faculty members.

Facilities & Instrumentation

Many environmental studies courses are taught in the new Wall Center, an interdisciplinary building built to serve the needs of numerous departments and approaches. In addition to new science labs, the building features learning environments designed for active learning, two computer classrooms and informal spaces that promote interdisciplinary collaboration and community building. In addition to this new building, the college also operates a number of outdoor spaces including a working farm, a lake campus and an ecological preserve that support education and research in various ways.

Professional Development and Support

The college provides financial support ($2,000 per year) for professional travel. In addition, faculty are eligible to apply for internal funding (Faculty Study & Research Grant) and can receive compensation for mentoring students who have applied for their own grants. The Environmental Studies Department budget provides support for equipment, field trips, and consumables related to teaching. The college provides faculty members with professional development opportunities, a Center for Teaching and Learning, a pre-tenure faculty group, a faculty of color group, a LGBT caucus, and various internal research, teaching and civic engagement grants. The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors workshops on teaching and participates in organizations dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

Davidson College understands that cultivating a broadly diverse community is crucial to our educational mission and to our foundational commitment to leadership and service. We seek out applications from talented faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities. Our policies do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. We welcome and strive to foster mutual respect among all members of our community. We assert our commitment to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual/ally (LGBTQA) faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families in our policies and practices and continuously examine areas for improvement.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity and have experience interacting with students of diverse backgrounds. The search will include interactions with representatives from Davidson's Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD) to discuss diversity and inclusivity.  

Davidson and the Charlotte Area

Just 20 miles north of the thriving city of Charlotte, Davidson is a lakeside college town that is an important and well-regarded member of the Charlotte metropolitan area. As North Carolina's largest city, Charlotte is a financial center featuring professional sports teams and a busy hub airport with frequent nonstop flights to many domestic and international destinations. Thus, Davidson students, staff, and faculty members enjoy the diverse advantages and opportunities provided by remarkable proximity to a lively major city, suburbs, and charming small towns, and lakefront communities on Lake Norman (North Carolina's largest lake). Moreover, with the mountains of Western NC and the beaches of the Atlantic only a few hours’ drive in either direction, rural and recreational areas are also readily accessible and available. While Davidson’s location provides a number of pathways to a high quality of life, our location is also ideal for a variety of research topics on local populations.


  • July 30, 2019


  • Environmental Studies