Job posting: Director, Place Studies Program, Bucknell University

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The Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment welcomes applications for the position of Director of the Place Studies Program.  The director of the Center’s Place Studies Program designs, conducts, and oversees scholarly projects, participates in interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching, and administers related activities associated with the program.  The Place Studies Program has established diverse, collaborative campus and field-based activities focused on community studies that primarily join social scientific and humanistic perspectives.  To date, Place Studies projects have focused on representing place, understanding and shaping sustainable communities within regions, and exploring rural health access among other thematic areas.

The successful candidate will bring advanced academic training and demonstrated interests in place/community studies—Master’s degree required; Ph.D. or ABD preferred.  The Director of the Place Studies Program will work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary, liberal arts setting that includes undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and community partners.  The Director of the Place Studies Program will be responsible for designing and conducting collaborative scholarly projects, grant writing, project management, strategic planning, and organizing working groups.  This is a full time, ten-month position with excellent benefits.  It includes overseeing student/faculty projects during part of the summer.

The Place Studies Program is part of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment.  The Center seeks to enable scholarship and learning that advances and applies understandings of natural systems and human-nature relationships.  In addition to Place Studies, the Center houses three major programs: Watershed Sciences and Engineering, Sustainable Design, and Global Sustainabilities.  For additional information about the Center please visit:

Application Instructions:  To apply, please submit a cover letter that explains your interests in and qualifications for the position as well as an up-to-date Curriculum Vita or resume. References will be requested during a subsequent stage of the search.  All applications must be submitted via the Jobs at Bucknell website ( Review of applications will begin on May 25, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Center’s Executive Director, Peter Wilshusen (

Commitment to Diversity:  Bucknell University, an equal opportunity employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who will be committed to Bucknell’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Location:  Bucknell University is a private, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Bucknell is located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River in the Borough of Lewisburg, ranked as one of America’s best small towns. Lewisburg and the surrounding region offer an attractive combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, small-town living, and appealing amenities such as restaurants, art galleries, an art deco theater, museums, and boutiques. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living.  Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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