Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
May 22, 2023
Jul 28, 2023
Full Time
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy (Introductory Environmental Science Instructor and Laboratory Coordinator)George Mason University's Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science (COS) is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual for a full-time, Term Assistant Professor position in Environmental Science and Policy, beginning mid-July 2023.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:ESP is well known for its truly transdisciplinary faculty focused on environmental natural and social sciences. ESP also includes additional graduate program faculty from across the university and numerous affiliated environmental professionals. The following degrees are awarded: B.S. in Environmental Science, B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy. The Department also partners with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, VA, to offer undergraduate and graduate-level courses in biodiversity and conservation, and with Mason's Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE), which provides a unique opportunity for faculty to work in a collaborative manner across disciplines at Mason and with external partners nationally and internationally.For more information about the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, visit us on the web at For more information about the College of Science, visit Statement:George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes Anti-Racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.Responsibilities:We are looking for a dynamic, innovative individual to teach and coordinate the introductory environmental science courses for non-science majors. These courses have large enrollment; multiple lecture sections and multiple laboratory sections are offered each semester. The successful applicant will be expected to revise the curriculum, develop new and exciting approaches to the lecture materials, and design modern laboratory exercises to enhance learning, as well as to supervise all lecture and laboratory instructors (graduate teaching assistants) for these courses. This is a renewable 9-month Term Instructional Faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank. The expected teaching responsibility for this position is the equivalent of four courses per semester. Service activities within ESP and the College of Science are expected. Required Qualifications:Completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline by August 15, 2023;Demonstrated excellence in teaching, with a minimum of 4 semesters of teaching introductory environmental science at the college undergraduate level; and proven ability to collaborate with faculty and graduate students;Demonstrated knowledge of barriers faced by historically minoritized and marginalized students and faculty, either within their discipline or related to the position;Share the department's commitment to Inclusive Excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction; andThe ability to share the department's commitment to transdisciplinary education and research.Preferred Qualifications:A proven record in undergraduate lab course management;Experience teaching in a 4-year University setting;Experience working with graduate teaching assistants;Two years of post-doctoral experience; andExperience in communicating science to the general public and/or non-scientists.George Mason University, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest, most diverse, and innovative public university in Virginia with more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and more than 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, offering easy access to the scientific and political resources of the nation's capital. Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and it strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and cultural inclusive environment.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload the following materials:Cover letter;Resume;A list of three professional references with contact information; andA brief statement (no more than 300 words) detailing how you supported the success of students from historically minoritized and marginalized groups in previous positions/employment. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Mason Science's commitment to access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI).

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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