Assistant Professor, Environmental or Natural Resource Policy and Economics - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver seeks to hire an assistant professor, tenure-track, in the fields of ecological, environmental, or natural resource policy and/or economics. The position will commence in September 2023.

The successful candidate for this position will function effectively as a scholar and teacher in an interdisciplinary school and will complement the expertise of the existing faculty who specialize in environmental issues. The subfield is open, but we will give special consideration to scholars who focus on the economic features or societal consequences of climate change, the efficacy of market-related policy instruments, and the design and execution of policy in the context of complex systems and deep uncertainty. Possible topics include but are not limited to climate tax and regulatory policy, corporate environmental and social governance, climate justice and sustainable economic development, climate and economic inequality, and stakeholder participation in policy design, enactment, and assessment.

The faculty member in this position will be prepared to introduce and teach core courses in the Korbel School’s MA in Global Environmental Sustainability, which also enrolls students from other Korbel graduate programs, and in the Korbel School’s undergraduate programs. Through research and outreach the person in this position will contribute to the growth of the School’s Sustainability Initiative and to the School’s commitment to engaged scholarship.

The Korbel School is a leader in public and international affairs education and scholarship, with two undergraduate majors, several MA programs, an MPP program, and a PhD program. We are deeply committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and particularly seek candidates with research, teaching, service, or life experiences that can contribute to realizing that commitment. Candidates must demonstrate ability to work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We also encourage applications from candidates with non-traditional career paths and from international applicants.

Position Summary

Completed applications received by September 23, 2022, will be guaranteed full consideration. A complete application includes a cover letter, a CV, up to two writing samples, at least one-course syllabus, and (three separate) statements on research, teaching, and how, as a faculty member, the applicant would contribute to values and practices embracing diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation that referees should submit directly through the University of Denver job application portal. These materials are to be submitted through the University of Denver's online application system at Pioneer Jobs. Questions can be directed to

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent in environmental or natural resource public policy, economics, sociology, political economy, or related field, with a focus on the political economy/economic features of environmental or natural resource issues.
  • The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental or ecological economics or the economic features of various environmental issues, especially climate change, indicated by evidence of teaching experience or potential.
  • Scholarly publications or other evidence of research potential in the economic features of environmental issues, broadly construed, including distributive issues that link environmental problems and the policies to economic inequality more generally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with research that engages, or has the potential to engage, with various policy communities and stakeholders.
  • Experience in obtaining or applying for sponsored research funding.
  • Experience collaborating with scholars in other disciplines.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 23, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. 2 Writing Samples
4. Course Syllabus
5. Research Statement 
6. Teaching Statement 
7. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement 
8. Names and information of 3 references that can provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will be requested via a direct online link to your references upon application submission.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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