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Appointment Type: Faculty Full-time
Department: Political Science
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Political Science and Environmental Science, Policy, and Engineering (ESPE) Program at Union College invite applications for the Joseph B. Board Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy. This is a tenure-track, assistant professor position in the Political Science Department, with the successful candidate contributing courses to Political Science as well as the ESPE Program. This endowed position includes a salary supplement and an annual allowance to support research and travel. The position will begin in fall 2023 and is conditional on budget.

We will hire a faculty member with expertise in environmental policy with a strong preference for a focus on climate policy. We also welcome applicants with additional teaching interests in (but not limited to) one or more of the following: environmental/climate justice, environmental law, the U.S. policymaking process, environmental activism, or global environmental politics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach Introduction to U.S. Politics and the Environmental Science and Policy Senior Seminar (on a topic in their area of expertise) as well as advise a combination of Political Science and ESPE senior projects. Other advanced-level policy courses will be appropriate for Political Science and ESPE students. Union College recognizes the rich possibilities of interdisciplinary studies by offering many opportunities for both faculty and students to engage with multiple disciplines – and each other – in collaborative classroom settings, innovative majors, and unique research initiatives. The successful hire will contribute courses to ESPE and potentially other interdisciplinary programs, depending on their areas of expertise.

Union College is a leading national undergraduate liberal arts college located in Schenectady, NY, a culturally rich and economically diverse city in New York State's Capital Region, and is within three hours from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.  Union offers highly competitive salary and benefits. For more information on benefits, please visit our website:

The normal teaching load is six courses across a trimester system. Normally, faculty supervise senior projects that count for one course of the teaching load. Tenure track hires have a one course load reduction in their first year and receive additional research support. Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness will be important, as will evidence of research achievements and an agenda for future work. Candidates with a Ph.D. are preferred, though ABD candidates who will complete their degree requirements by September 1, 2023 will be considered.

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity, but to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. As such, we welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field and we ask all applicants to address in their cover letter the ways in which their candidacy represents a commitment to the ideals of joining a community of diverse faculty, students, and staff.

To ensure applications receive full consideration, they should be submitted by September 9, 2022. Please upload a cover letter, CV, a sample of scholarly work, teaching evaluations, and other relevant teaching materials to will be asked to include names and contact information for three references through our online application system. An email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation.

 Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

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