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Professor, Environmental Policy

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Department: Social Sciences
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Social Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track professor in Environmental Policy to join our interdisciplinary social sciences faculty. Applicants with the required education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments commensurate with a higher rank will also be considered for an appointment at the rank of associate or full professor.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in any social science or public policy field but graduate-level training and expertise in climate change, environmental, and energy policy is desired. Possible research interests include U.S., comparative, and/or international environmental policy, environmental or climate change governance, energy policy, or natural resource policy. Research or teaching experience in sustainability science or spatial methods (GIS) is desirable.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Must be able to teach a graduate-level policy analysis course.
Must be able to teach a graduate-level environmental policy course.
Must be able to teach undergraduate courses in any of the following: statistical methods, research methods, sustainability science, GIS, climate change, environmental and energy policy, public management, or public policy.
Must be willing to advise students within one or more of the Department of Social Sciences graduate programs.
Must be willing and able to engage in externally funded research proposals.
Must be willing and able to contribute to Department, University, and external professional service activities. 

Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in any social science or public policy field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

A demonstrated track record of research productivity. This could include a history of publishing, presenting at national and international conferences, and securing external funding.

Knowledge in at least one of the following research areas is required - U.S., comparative, and/or international environmental policy, environmental or climate change governance, energy policy, heritage policy, or natural resource policy.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Graduate-level training and expertise in climate change, environmental, and/or energy policy are desired.

Research or teaching experience in sustainability science or spatial methods (GIS) is desirable.

Professional experience in public policy is desired.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Must have the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities necessary to teach courses on policy analysis and environmental policy for undergraduate and graduate students, to engage in productive research activities and collaborations, to build a successful active research program, and to engage in professional service for the Department, University, and external organizations.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

A proven record of teaching excellence. This could include experience teaching, incorporating innovative teaching strategies, technologies, or high-impact practices (HIPs), and/or fostering an inclusive learning environment.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required pieces of training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants need to upload the following documents –
● Cover Letter
● Curriculum Vitae
● Research Statement
● Diversity statement that describes how their past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging where all members of a campus community can excel.

Applications received through October 2, 2023, will receive full consideration.

Please visit the following link to apply and upload application materials:

Additional Information

The Department of Social Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Sustainability Science & Society, History, Anthropology, and Social Sciences and is home to new undergraduate programs in Policy & Community Development, graduate programs (MS & Ph.D.) in Environmental & Energy Policy and Industrial Heritage & Archaeology, and a newly launched MS program in Sustainable Communities. Within the Department, faculty, and staff have expertise across a diverse range of social science disciplines and collaborate with colleagues across campus through active research and scholarship. For more information about our department and degree programs, visit

Several relevant research institutes at Michigan Tech can help foster community and collaboration for the successful candidate for this position, specifically, the Health Research Institute (, the Great Lakes Research Center (, and the Ecosystem Science Center (

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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