Assistant Professor – Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences

Department:  Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences
Rank: Assistant
Specialization(s):  Climate Change Impacts
Search # 20-005




Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.


The Department of Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences offers undergraduate major programs in Geography (BA & BS) and Environmental Systems and Sustainability Studies (BS), undergraduate minor programs in Environmental Studies, Geography, GIS&T, and Marine Studies and graduate programs in Environmental Education and a new Master’s program in Coastal Resilience jointly offered with our partner institution Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. The successful candidate is expected to teach environmental studies (ENV) and geography (GEO) courses at the undergraduate and coastal resilience (CRM) courses at the graduate level, contribute to the university’s first year experience program and develop a research program that fosters faculty-student collaboration and community engagement.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.


The Department of Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University is seeking to hire a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor to begin August 2020.  The successful candidate will be a broadly trained geographer/environmental scientist with a strong commitment to teaching and research. Candidates who demonstrate the ability to establish a research agenda focused on measuring and assessing the societal impacts of climate change in a coastal/marine context are encouraged to apply. The ability to work within a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team is essential.


The candidate must be committed to teaching (12 credits/semester) within a vibrant public liberal arts and sciences environment and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring and research with undergraduates. All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/university service.


Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to pursue scholarship in their area of expertise. These activities include, but are not limited to, research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Geography or Environmental Sciences/Studies from an accredited university at the time of appointment; expertise in the social impacts of climate change with focus on measurement and assessment; competency in quantitative methods in research and teaching; expertise related to coastal and/or marine policy and planning; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of successful/productive research collaboration/mentorship; teaching experience at the university-level; experience securing external funding; and experience in transdisciplinary research.


Application Process:  Please send a letter of interest addressing teaching philosophy and research interests, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, and contact information of three professional references to:  EGMS Search Committee Chair at  All application materials must be submitted electronically (PDF format is acceptable). For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.