Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

University of California-Davis
Davis, CA, United States
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The Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy with an emphasis in Environmental Justice. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Faculty members who hold an Agricultural Experiment Station appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station. Participation in outreach programs and performance of University service are also expected.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in environmental justice. Preferred applicants will use quantitative methods to study the distributional effects of environmental policy and/or the equity and fairness of environmental policy processes. The applicant should be engaged with core normative, theoretical, and empirical debates about environmental justice that span the social and natural sciences. Topic areas could include energy, transportation, climate change, air, water, land use, conservation, agriculture, resource extraction, or other environmental challenges. Disciplinary background of the appointee is flexible, but could include political science, public policy, public administration, urban planning, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology, ecology, or law. The appointee will be responsible for teaching a new undergraduate course in environmental justice and a course that contributes to the department’s majors in Environmental Science and Management or Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, as well as a graduate course for one or more graduate groups such as the Environmental Policy and Management program. The expected teaching load is 2.5 quarter-length courses per year, and specific course assignments will be made based on qualifications and department need. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, non-governmental organizations focused on environmental justice, and other appropriate public stakeholders.

This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in political science, public policy, public administration, urban planning, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology, ecology, law or a related field. Evidence of research excellence and advanced quantitative skills is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in environmental justice.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 12/1/19.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, particularly as relevant to environmental justice, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 7) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of three professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Susan Handy, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair, at

University of California, Davis, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and respect for differences based on gender, cultural ethnicity, level of disability, and sexual orientation.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty and staff with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.