Assistant Professor of Health and Environment in Arctic Indigenous Communities

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Marine and Environmental Affairs

Title: Assistant Professor of Health and Environment in Arctic Indigenous Communities

Position Details
Position Description

A Joint Hire between the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Department of American Indian Studies, University of Washington

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) and the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Washington (UW) invite applications for a nine-month (100% FTE) tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a scholar who will advance our understanding of the relationships between health and environment in Arctic Indigenous communities.

We seek candidates who can contribute to the University’s distinctive educational objectives, which include interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.

The candidate will be jointly appointed in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) in the College of the Environment (2/3 FTE) and in the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) in the College of Arts and Sciences (1/3 FTE). SMEA is a broadly interdisciplinary faculty with shared interests in the human dimensions of global environmental change. AIS faculty members represent a range of disciplines and approach their teaching and research from a decolonizing, community-based, and global perspective. AIS works with national and regional Indigenous communities through the UW Tribal Leaders Summit, Native American Advisory Board, the UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, and through campus symposia and conferences. AIS is a campus leader in facilitating the recruitment and retention of American Indians, First Nations, and Indigenous faculty and students. The Assistant Professor will be expected to collaborate across these and other relevant units on campus to advance interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching around Arctic Indigenous environmental health.

The Assistant Professor will teach courses and supervise students in SMEA and AIS. Teaching responsibilities will focus on development of courses to address social and environmental resilience in Arctic Indigenous communities under climate change, Arctic Indigenous environmental science and policy, health and well-being in Arctic Indigenous communities exposed to climate change, and/or sustainability in Indigenous communities. The Assistant Professor will join an active community of scholars and students focused on Arctic and Indigenous issues. For example, the Arctic Studies minor is jointly offered by College of the Environment and College of Arts and Sciences and includes a strong focus on Arctic Indigenous influence in international relations; the UW-Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies brings scholars, scientists, practitioners and leaders involved in Arctic affairs to the University of Washington; and the UW “Future of Ice” Initiative represents a commitment by the University of Washington to invest in knowledge about the polar regions. The newly established Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies supports research in American Indian and Indigenous Studies across UW.

The Assistant Professor will be expected to conduct empirical research focused on Arctic Indigenous health and well-being in the context of Arctic environmental change; sociocultural, economic, and environmental resilience in Arctic Indigenous communities; policy responses to promote well-being and resilience under climate change; or bridging Indigenous knowledges with western science to understand environmental change. The Assistant Professor will be expected to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research and may conduct primary fieldwork in Arctic communities.

The Assistant Professor will develop and maintain a vibrant externally-funded research program, sustain a strong publication record, contribute to teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and conduct research in support of the interdisciplinary missions of SMEA and AIS.

The Assistant Professor will be expected to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and will be expected to participate in recruiting, training, and mentoring underrepresented minority students (URM) and those from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, economic means, and academic backgrounds.

The Assistant Professor is expected to assume the appointment in Autumn 2019.

The UW is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. A recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see ), the UW offers a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for faculty. A comprehensive benefits package is also offered, including access to campus childcare and health/vision/dental plans for spouse, qualified domestic partner, and/or dependents.


A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent degree is required. Relevant fields of expertise include but are not limited to Population Health, American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Arctic Studies, Environmental Sociology, Political Science, Social Psychology, Anthropology, and Human Geography.


Applicants should apply electronically via Interfolio, and submit the following: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) statement of research and teaching interests and philosophies including a brief statement describing how your teaching, research, and/or service demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through scholarship or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups (3 pages maximum), 3) copies of three representative publications related to the job requirements, and 4) names and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by December 21, 2018. Questions pertaining to this search can be addressed to Professor Nives Dolšak, Search Committee Chair ( ).

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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