Associate or Full Tenure-Line Professor, Environmental Politics, Governance, and Policy - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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

Position Summary

We seek a scholar with a prominent research profile in the fields of environmental governance, political economy, or policy for an appointment at the associate or full professor rank, with tenure. The successful candidate will have a broad vision of environmental issues, will contribute to teaching in both our undergraduate and graduate programs, and will help lead our growing program in environmental sustainability. 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. We are especially interested in scholars with research programs focused on the politics of climate policy at all levels of governance, interventions to enable societal adaptation to those impacts, and the societal impacts of climate change (e.g., on economic inequality, food insecurity, climate migration, or democracy).

The Korbel School is a leader in public and international affairs education and scholarship, with two undergraduate majors, seven MA programs (including an MA in Global Environmental Sustainability), an MPP program, and a PhD program. As a school of international affairs that also houses a public policy program, we address all issues at scales from global to local. Our location is particularly advantageous for a scholar working on environmental issues, given our remarkably rich array of environment and energy focused federal labs, informed state and local policy makers, energy businesses, NGOs, and scholars located in the region.

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 would demonstrate experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We also encourage applications from candidates with non-traditional career paths and from international applicants.

Completed applications received by December 1, 2022, will be guaranteed full consideration. A complete application includes a cover letter, a CV, 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. This last requirement, the diversity statement, should not exceed two single-spaced pages. (Letters of recommendation should not be submitted with the application, but please do include three potential referees whom we could contact at a later stage.) These materials are to be submitted through the University of Denver's online application system

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary program focused on environmental governance or policy.
  • A record of scholarly achievement appropriate for a tenured appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach and conduct research in areas that are central to current debates in climate change and the social, political, or economic responses to those issues.
  • Experience in obtaining sponsored research funding.
  • Experience in engaging with local communities, policy making bodies, or research, advisory or industrial institutions outside the university to further environmental governance or policy.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 1, 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 Associate Professor is $95,000 - $150,000 or for Full Professor $135,000 - $190,000.

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. Diversity Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Statement
  6. Two Writing Samples
  7. One Course Syllabus

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

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