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The Institute for Energy Studies supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position focusing on energy policy and planning. The position is at the Assistant Professor rank and begins on September 16, 2020. We seek an individual with teaching and research interests in fields such as energy policy, energy and climate law, spatial and community energy planning, together with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. The person chosen will have an ongoing and formal affiliation with the Institute for Energy Studies and a full-time appointment in an academic Department based on their specialization. The position entails teaching, advising, research and service to support the Department, the Institute, and the University.
The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship. The successful candidate will maintain a research program involving undergraduate and/or masters-level students, and collaborate effectively with researchers in and beyond the institute. Teaching responsibilities will include core energy studies courses as well as advanced courses in their area of specialization. Key areas of interest for the program are energy and climate policy, energy transitions, and low-carbon/net-zero energy planning for utilities, cities, etc. Relevant courses in the WWU course catalogue include Energy Policy, Advanced Energy Policy, Northwest Energy System Transitions, and Stakeholder Engagement in Energy Policy and Planning.
The IES recognizes that a variety of academic perspectives address energy policy and planning, including environmental policy and science, urban and transportation planning, energy and climate law, energy-related spatial analysis and planning, and energy and technology policy. We seek candidates who bring a scholarly background in one or more of these fields, plus a strongly multidisciplinary approach, to scholarship and teaching in the evolving nexus of energy technology and systems, climate change and energy policy and planning. The successful candidate will also be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Doctorate (at time of application) or ABD (at time of application) in energy policy and planning, environmental policy and science, energy-related data analytics, spatial analysis and planning, energy and climate law, or a field related to energy policy and planning. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment.
Teaching and scholarship interests and experience aligned with the Institute for Energy Studies’ mission
Ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity working with undergraduate and Masters-level graduate students
Demonstrated potential for effective teaching in energy policy, planning or related topics
Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Doctorate at time of application
Relevant expertise in energy systems, energy and climate policy, law, planning, etc.
Recent, relevant experience in the analytic, planning and policy dimensions of energy systems
A record of research in the energy field in academia, government or industry
Evidence of ability to develop an externally-funded research program
Experience teaching interdisciplinary course(s)
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
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All application materials must be uploaded through Western PageUp at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs. A complete application should include: 1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, experience and interests in teaching and research; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a separate statement addressing the candidate’s ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds (see https://www.wwu.edu/diversity); and 4) contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will start January 10, 2020; position is open until filled.
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