Bates College — Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

The Bates College Program in Environmental Studies seeks to hire an assistant professor in the environmental arts or humanities to join a vibrant, multi-disciplinary community beginning August 1, 2020. We seek a scholar or scholar/practitioner in cultural studies, literature, or performing/studio arts 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 post-colonial/decolonial/decolonizing environmentalisms, posthumanism and animal studies, and queer ecologies. Applicants with a demonstrated record of working successfully with a diversity of students, including underrepresented and marginalized populations, are encouraged to apply. The position carries a five-course teaching load, including the program’s core introductory course on the environmental humanities and multiple mid- and upper-level electives in the candidate’s fields of interest, as well as senior thesis and academic advising.

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 have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in hand by August 1, 2020.

Application Instructions
Review of applications begins on October 1, 2019, 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, statements on teaching philosophy and research agenda (1-2 pages each), and a description of experience and interest in advancing the goals of equity and inclusion described above. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation in the event that the search committee requests them. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

Bates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Because the college recognizes that employment decisions often involve two careers, Bates welcomes applications for shared positions. For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website: