Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Tenure Track

Faculty Boston, Massachusetts


Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Tenure Track

The Program for Environmental Science and Studies within the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environment, and Physics (BiCEP) and the Department of Biology at Suffolk University invite applicants for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Studies. The Departments are interested to recruit a teacher-scholar with a research focus on environmental justice, resource use/planning, and/or sustainability to teach in our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program.

Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly potential including a research agenda and plans for peer-reviewed publications and applications for external funding that include opportunities to engage undergraduate students in research.  The Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies position includes responsibility for helping our undergraduate majors with senior capstone projects and Independent Studies, and will be the “face” of the environmental studies major in terms of research opportunities for students. Candidates should be broadly trained to teach environmental studies, research methods for environmental studies, and environmental justice courses as well as upper-level ecology (lecture and lab) all of which are housed in either BiCEP or Biology but serve students in a variety of disciplines.    

Faculty who teach in the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science program come from a variety of disciplines and departments across the College of Arts and Sciences including Chemistry/Biochemistry, Biology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Humanities and Art & Design.  Many of the students in the program are actively engaged in the Environmental Club which organizes a variety of events throughout the academic year.  Environmental Studies and Environmental Science faculty collaborate with colleagues from Fudan University to organize and host the Urban Ecological Security and Sustainability conference annually which draws environmental activists, policy makers and researchers as well as faculty and students.  Faculty and students in the program take advantage of our location in the heart of Boston on the frontlines of global environmental change and problem solving to participate in broad research and other professional opportunities.


Founded in 1906 by Gleason Archer, who provided legal education in the evening to individuals who might not otherwise have been afforded that opportunity, Suffolk University consistently seeks to advance its history as a school of access and opportunity.  Over 1/3 of our undergraduates identify as first-generation and 35% of our undergraduate and graduate students are from racially minoritized groups. Our access and opportunity mission is lived through our decisions at every level. U.S. News ranked Suffolk University among the top 100 universities in the country for social mobility. Through student, faculty and staff recruitment and support, community engagement, curriculum development, and research, the University community works to advance equity for every student, every day. Learn more about how we manifest the core values of our mission at Suffolk DEI.  


The successful candidate will contribute to Suffolk’s rich tradition of community-engaged teaching and experiential education that prepares our diverse, substantially first-generation college students for careers and civic engagement. We seek candidates with a commitment to inclusive pedagogy and curricular diversity, mentoring and advising students—especially first-generation college students—as well as conducting impactful research with students.


Not sure this is you? Contact us to find out! Research indicates that women and members of under-represented groups tend not to apply to jobs when they think they do not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do. Suffolk University is dedicated to a diverse and inclusive academic community. Familiarity with and experience using pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and ability groups to reach their maximum potential is a valuable qualification. 


Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant field by the commencement of the 2024/2025 academic year; ABD candidates in the final stages of completing their degrees will be considered.


Application should be made through the Suffolk University Human Resources’ Careers at Suffolk site. A complete submission will include: cover letter (including research agenda); CV; research writing sample; statement of teaching philosophy; diversity statement; student course evaluations and contact information for three professional references.


For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15th, 2023 though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be via Zoom followed by on-campus interviews.


Suffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located in downtown Boston, and is an equal opportunity employer committed to faculty diversity. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Suffolk offers substantial employee benefits, including tuition remission for employees and their families, as well as health, dental, and life insurance, commuter benefits, and a strong employee assistance program Benefits - Suffolk University. You can learn more about Suffolk University from our website Suffolk University.  To learn more about the Environmental Studies & Environmental Science program, visit our website Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environment & Physics Department.



Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Hayley Schiebel, Director of Environmental Studies & Environmental Science Program at [email protected].

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.