Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities – Whitman College, Washington

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The Environmental Humanities Program at Whitman College seeks candidates for a tenure-track position beginning August 2023 at the rank of assistant or associate professor. A Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree is required at the start of the position.

Environmental Humanities at Whitman College is one of the leading undergraduate EH programs in the US and is one of eleven interdisciplinary majors in the Environmental Studies program. Our courses explore the role of the humanities in confronting the growing climate crisis, focusing on the ways in which we understand and represent the relationship between humans and the other-than-human world through the discourses of the arts, literature, rhetoric, and/or philosophy. We invite thinkers who take creative and/or scholarly approaches to nature and place-based writing traditions, and/or who employ ecologically critical approaches to humanities subjects.

The successful applicant will teach five courses annually that engage with the intersection of humans and the other-than human world from a creative or/and scholarly perspective in any humanities field. We are especially interested in expanding the representation of Indigenous, Latinx, Black, and other underrepresented perspectives in our curriculum. Interest or experience in teaching courses related to a creative form of expression, activism, or community-engaged learning is desirable but not required. Interest in teaching Introduction to Environmental Studies and the ES Senior Seminar is necessary. The successful applicant will have an active creative or/and research agenda with a distinctive humanities focus that engages with the intersection of humans and the other-than-human world. The College provides a generous pre-tenure sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching.

Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving roughly 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, along with a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning community. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and articulate how their classroom and scholarly practices work to advance antiracism in the learning environment. This statement can be included in the cover letter or the teaching statement. In their cover letter, candidates should address their interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction.

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Review of applications will begin October 3, 2022

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.

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Feature Image: “Reading Room at the Penrose Library of Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA” by WA State Library is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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