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Indigenous Environmental Science Cluster Hire, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Tenure-Track, Full Time (Assistant/Associate Professor)

Salary commensurate with experience

Closes: to ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by February 15, 2023, although these positions will remain open until filled.


The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is initiating a faculty cluster in Indigenous Environmental Science to advance education, research, and outreach which draws upon both Indigenous knowledges and western ecological sciences and/or with interdisciplinary environmental studies. We invite applications for a three-person faculty cluster hire for Assistant/Associate Professor in both/either Indigenous Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

Indigenous Environmental Science includes the study of the environment from the perspective of a broad range of environmental disciplines which engages Indigenous knowledge systems and is focused on application of environmental biology to indigenous ecological and cultural landscapes. Indigenous Environmental Studies draws upon and integrates Indigenous knowledge systems with a wide range of social sciences, philosophy, humanities and other interdisciplinary studies. For these positions, the areas of specialization are open, but the successful candidate will have education and experience in environmental biology or environmental studies disciplines. Focal areas of interest for positions in Environmental Biology are ecology, conservation biology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, ecological restoration, ethnoecology or related fields. Scholarly background for positions in Environmental Studies could include these ecological sciences and/or such fields as sociology, communications/education, community engagement, anthropology, geography, justice, or other areas within the environmental social sciences. Experience in cross-cultural mentoring is valued. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to collaboration with Indigenous partners.

SUNY-ESF is home to the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment ( The CNPE faculty, staff and students are engaged in education, research, and outreach to prepare the next generation of scholars and practitioners to engage with Indigenous ecological knowledge and worldview, in partnership with scientific tools, in service to ecological and cultural flourishing. The CNPE is a member of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership ( Located in the territory of the Onondaga Nation, the center of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment has a decades-long history of productive collaboration with Indigenous partners. Undergraduates may pursue a minor in Native Peoples and the Environment and ESF is a member of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.


The effort distribution for these positions can vary with the candidates and typically include an integrative balance of 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% service which includes community outreach and research with and on behalf of Indigenous partners. Specific responsibilities include: 1) teaching an undergraduate course in Indigenous Issues and the Environment, a graduate/advanced undergraduate level course which integrates indigenous perspectives and environmental science in the candidate’s area of expertise, plus a field course or graduate seminars in their area of specialty, 2) contribute to leadership in the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment 3) mentoring of graduate students and undergraduates, and 4) establishing an extramurally supported research program that involves training undergraduates and graduate students.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in a related field; demonstrated research focus in Indigenous Environmental Science or Studies, including but not limited to environmental biology, restoration, conservation, resource management, environmental justice, communications, community engagement, or allied environmental disciplines; strong record of working effectively with and on behalf of indigenous partners; evidence of creativity, quality, and productivity in scholarship and teaching; and evidence of ability to develop an active, extramurally-funded graduate research program.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of experience in creating synergy between Indigenous and western scientific ways of knowing; demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; experience in cross-cultural mentoring of Indigenous students; and evidence of ability to work across boundaries of cultures, institutions, government, tribal and private environmental entities.

How to Apply

How to Apply: applications must be submitted on-line at, see Current Openings

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of plans to foster diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service, 4) a statement of research interests and vision, and 5) a statement of teaching philosophy and vision. The diversity, teaching, and research statements should not exceed 2 pages each, and we welcome statements demonstrating integrative and collaborative approaches that complement ESF’s strengths. The entire application should be compiled as a single pdf document (not exceeding 10 MB). Selected applicants will be asked to provide three professional letters of reference. Questions about the application process and document submission should be directed to Other questions may be directed to Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer (



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