Assistant Professor in Urban Environmental Sustainability

Position ID: 44194
Georgia State University
Urban Studies Institute
Position Description
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 

Assistant Professor with expertise in Urban Environmental Sustainability

We seek an early-career scholar specializing in urban environmental sustainability. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in sustainability sciences and resilience of urban systems, have an affinity for comparative urban studies, and have a research agenda with strong external funding potential. This position aligns with the Institute’s mission to connect interdisciplinary perspectives, continue to develop an innovative and specialized interdisciplinary curriculum, and engage stakeholders in metropolitan Atlanta, nationally, and internationally.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed Ph.D. (before August 1, 2020) in sustainability science, urban ecology, urban geography, urban planning, or other related environmental sciences;
  • Experience with social-ecological systems and bringing scientific expertise to the study and pursuit of sustainable urban systems;
  • Experience with working on collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects; and
  • A broad interest in urban studies and a motivation to help continue to build a new Institute with missions in research, teaching, and outreach.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with participatory and trans-disciplinary approaches to develop solutions;
  • Expertise in specific areas such as climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, environmental justice, futures research, governance, regime shifts, sustainability transformations, transitions research, or similar;
  • Innovative teaching approaches, including engaging students in solutions-oriented projects.

The Urban Studies Institute

The Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University conducts top-level urban research, offers an innovative Ph.D. and masters curriculum, and engages with stakeholders in metropolitan Atlanta and other cities around the world. The Institute’s research agenda ranges from local to global, from urban theory to policy research. Research themes emphasize urban economic resilience, inclusive development, and environmental sustainability. The Institute was founded in 2017. It is housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and its research and teaching engagements reach across the university. It is presently composed of seven tenured or tenure track faculty, four postdoctoral researchers, and over 25 affiliate faculty from a range of schools and disciplines.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, is a major research university with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. The university is currently in the middle of a record $1 billion campus expansion. GSU is recognized as a national leader in student success and in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked GSU as the 2nd most innovative school in the nation. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ranked among the top 20 Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. Its students, alumni and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice around the world.

Application Procedure:

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. For best consideration, applications should be a single PDF file sent via email to

(1) a letter of application including statement on research and teaching; names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees; and

(2) a current CV. The PDF file name should include the applicant’s last name.

Application reviews will begin November 11, 2019. An offer of employment, pending budgetary approval, will be conditional on background verification.

Georgia State University, a Research University of the University System of Georgia, is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

CIP Discipline Code: 
Sustainability Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Science
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator