Job Announcement
Tenure Track Faculty Position in Environmental Justice


Position title: Assistant Professor


Open October 21st, 2021 through Saturday, Jan 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of environmental justice. We are interested in hiring a colleague who brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding how one or more of the many dimensions of environmental racism and justice impact the lives of people in underserved communities. We welcome all methodological approaches but are especially interested in scholars who have a track record of on-the-ground engagement and community-based research and partnerships. We encourage applications from scholars who work on ecologies of marginalized communities, areas that include but are not limited to climate change and its effects; energy justice and a just transition; water resources and water equity; food justice; pollution; health outcomes; race and the environment; Indigenous stewardship; Indigenous communities, sovereignty, and justice; environmental liberation; science technology studies, and social change. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work seeks to address the important role of place in fostering transformations toward a more just society, have a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration, and have partnerships with minority-serving institutions and community-based organizations.

UCLA faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. This position has an anticipated start date of Autumn 2022 and will have a 9-month service period. The successful candidate will teach three courses per academic year over three quarters, including undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of specialization as well as other Institute classes.

We welcome applicants from all fields including Ethnic Studies, the social sciences, and humanistic social sciences: ecologies of color (American Indian Studies, African and African American Studies, Black ecologies, Chicano, Latina/o, Latinx Studies, American Pacific Islander), American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Economics, Education, Law, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Urban Planning, Theology and related areas of study. Scholars in STEM or STS fields aligned with Ethnic Studies, social sciences, and humanistic social sciences are also encouraged to apply.
The Institute is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position. The candidate’s orientation to teaching and research should correspond with the Institute’s commitment to social justice.

Basic Qualifications:
Applicants must hold an earned Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary training in Environmental Justice by date of hire.

Additional/Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate must have a strong interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. The successful candidate will have excellent teaching skills and record. Experience in on-the-ground engagement and community-based research and partnerships is desirable.

The Institute
The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s (IoES) primary mission is to identify, study and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems, and to educate the next generation of scholars and leaders. The Institute achieves this mission through its 12 core faculty, over 60 affiliated faculty from across UCLA, an undergraduate B.S. in Environmental Science program, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering. The IoES emphasizes community engagement, practical experience, and a commitment to science communication. Through its eight centers, the Institute supports a wide range of research, education, and outreach activities that span the breadth of academic disciplines at UCLA, with the important goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research and policy.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, inequality, ecological diversity and new approaches to solving environmental challenges. UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The IoES is committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must hold an earned Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary training in Environmental Justice by date of hire.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research – Fewer than 1,000 words highlighting scholarly contributions of recent research and plans for the near future.

  • Statement of Teaching – Fewer than 500 words describing your approach to teaching, lists undergraduate and graduate courses you could teach, and briefly describes one of these courses.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional – One publication or writing sample that best represents your work.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide name, title, affiliation, and email address for three references

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