Assistant Professor of Political Science, Environmental Politics and Policy

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
29 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Political Science at Colorado State University provides quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs leading to the B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees. Our curriculum covers the breadth of the Political Science discipline including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy and administration. The Department has a unique specialization in environmental politics and policy, which is reflected in the undergraduate and graduate curricula as well as faculty research and outreach. The Department serves 500 majors and minors along with 35 graduate students and includes 16 tenure-track faculty who conduct research to advance knowledge about government and politics and to identify solutions to societal problems in the United States and around the world.

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science at Colorado State University invites
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Environmental Politics and Policy, with an emphasis on air quality, climate and/or health. We are open with respect to disciplinary sub-field, interdisciplinary emphasis, theoretical orientation and methodological approaches.

This position is part of an interdisciplinary University-wide cluster hire under the CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health (PACH) ( The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty from the department and across the University and contribute to PACH through teaching, research and/or service activities.

The successful candidate will teach courses in the Department’s Environmental Politics & Policy curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise but will be based in the Political Science Department. The normal teaching load is 2-2. Faculty members advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, develop an active research agenda, and provide service to the department, college, university, and community.

Required Job Qualifications

• Primary teaching and scholarly emphasis in environmental politics and policy.
• Doctoral degree in Political Science, Public Policy, or closely related field conferred by the time of appointment. Interdisciplinary degrees with substantial coursework related to environmental politics and policy may meet this requirement.
• Evidence of an active research agenda in environmental politics and policy pertaining to air quality, climate, and/or health.
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Ability to enhance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion reflecting Departmental and institutional values.
• Experience working in an interdisciplinary environment.
• Experience with externally funded research
• Experience working with or for the public or non-profit sectors.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit
• a letter of application outlining teaching interests and research agenda;
• curriculum vitae;
• a statement of how teaching and research interests align with the Department’s teaching and scholarship as well as PACH in the areas of air quality, climate and/or health. Identify teaching interests including existing courses ( and a new course.
• graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable at the initial stage of the search);
• evidence of demonstrated or potential teaching effectiveness (syllabi, teaching evaluations, letters of observation);
• one sample of published or presented work; and
• the names of three professional referees (the department will be asking for three letters of recommendation upon submission of application).

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

The normal teaching load is 2-2 and is expected to offer courses in the environmental politics & policy curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

The process of creation, evaluation, or application of disciplinary and scholarly knowledge designed for public communication to professional or scholarly audiences.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

Community Service, Professional Service, College/University Service, Departmental Service – Activities that directly contribute to the ongoing functioning or development of departmental organization and/or administration.