Florida Gulf Coast University — R0002076 Visiting Assistant Professor, Racial & Environmental Justice

Job Summary
The Water School at FGCU (https://www.fgcu.edu/thewaterschool/) is hiring 15 faculty for Fall 2022 across a range of disciplines related to water and the environment. The Water School is an interdisciplinary enterprise that brings together faculty from five colleges and schools representing 15 departments to focus on the environmental, economic, and human dimensions of coastal resilience, ecosystem integrity, health and wellbeing, and restoration and remediation.

This joint appointment between The Water School’s Center for Environment and Society and the FGCU Center for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies will be made at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

The Visiting Assistant Professor of Racial and Environmental Justice is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Water School encourages nominations and applications from qualified individuals with experience in social sciences, arts and humanities, public health, and education, including scholars focused on Indigenous resources sovereignty, water contamination in communities of color, inequitable impacts of climate change, and environmental policies impacting marginalized peoples in the United States. Candidates working in one or more of these areas who are focused on the environmental justice dimensions of cities and landscapes will be given priority. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per semester in their area of expertise, conduct scholarship related to environmental justice focusing on Southwest Florida issues, interface with local communities to engage them in discussions of environmental justice issues, and serve as a resource in interdisciplinary courses or professional programs that focus on racial justice.

FGCU is dedicated to quality education, research, and service. Faculty are expected to be excellent teachers who are responsive to changing professional needs, committed to innovative delivery of instruction that results in improved student learning, produce high-quality peer reviewed scholarship, and serve the university and the local community, as appropriate. Primary teaching responsibilities will be on the main campus.

With an enrollment of 16,000 students, FGCU has a main campus of 800 acres with LEED-certified buildings and 400 acres of protected habitat. The university’s award-winning initiatives in education, energy production, research, and sustainable practices make us one of the nation’s greenest campuses. FGCU is located in beautiful Southwest Florida, known for its beaches, resorts, nature preserves, and outdoor recreation. Located between the cities of Fort Myers and Naples, FGCU is just two hours by car from the major cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Miami, and 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport. The region is surrounded by water—important estuaries to the north, Lake Okeechobee to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Florida Everglades and Florida Bay to the south—providing an unparalleled setting to study all facets of water and environmental issues.

FGCU aspires to be an inclusive working and learning environment where students, faculty, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural worldview. We collectively stand against any practices of discrimination, intolerance, expressions of hate, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, appreciate, and live and work in a diverse community of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, cultural traditions, and family statuses.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. The Water School encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for these positions because FGCU will thrive and attain excellence only through a commitment to equality.

Job Description
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and teach assigned courses: prepare syllabi and instruction materials, coordinate lectures, evaluate students and maintain highest possible standards of classroom instruction.
  • Develop and maintain an independent and productive research program that also involves students.
  • Mentor students, as appropriate, in research.
  • Actively work with local communities, as appropriate, to engage them in issues related to racial and environmental justice. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Additional Job Description
Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree (Ed.D., J.D., M.D., M.S.W. or M.F.A) within the last five years in the fields of socials sciences, arts and humanities, public health, education, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation, with a record of research publications in scholarly journals.
  • Evidence of scholarly expertise related to critical race and ethnic studies and/or environmental justice.
  • Must meet university criteria for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
  • ABD will be considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2022. If successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred candidates are those whose teaching and research experience and interests align with the programs and mission of The Water School.
  • Teaching experience as instructor of record.
  • Strong research agenda and productivity in critical race and ethnic studies and environmental justice.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Familiarity with and use of diverse and innovative teaching approaches to engage students and ensure student learning.
  • Demonstrated development and use of skills appropriate to the discipline.
  • Ability to conduct independent research and involve students in research.
  • Ability to mentor students in research with the students’ learning and training in mind.
  • Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, civil, and inclusive learning and working environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants
This is a 1 year Visiting Appointment with a start date of 07/01/2022 – 06/30/2023.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by October 30, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

To apply please visit: https://www.fgcu.edu/hr/jobs-at-fgcu

FGCU is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability Employer