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ASU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability -- PLEASE SHARE

  • 1.  ASU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability -- PLEASE SHARE

    Posted 04-04-2022 09:10

    Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability

    Arizona State University: School of Sustainability

    Location: Tempe, AZ

    Open Date: Mar 08, 2022 






    The School of Sustainability, part of The College of Global Futures at Arizona State University (ASU), invites applications for up to 2 Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow positions in sustainability that will diversify our School while complementing the faculty's research strengths. Postdoctoral Fellowships are full-time, fiscal year positions with the aim of conversion to tenure-track faculty positions.


    The postdoctoral scholars selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter into a future tenure track appointment at ASU. The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.


    Job Duties include pursuing a research agenda that is socially embedded and use-inspired that seeks to develop solutions to pressing sustainability challenges; developing manuscripts for publication or creative outputs (whichever is relevant to a fellow's area of specialization); delivering research seminars; engaging School of Sustainability faculty, students, and other fellows. Collaborative research opportunities with School of Sustainability faculty are encouraged, especially if such collaborations accelerate Fellows' research agenda. Postdoctoral Fellows will not be required to teach but will be offered the opportunity to do so and to engage in pedagogical training if they wish, especially if they lack the teaching experience to succeed as a tenure-track faculty member.


    Fellows will bring life experiences and expertise that promote diverse representation in the field, and/or develop research programs that address sustainability questions relevant to issues of disparity faced by Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color more broadly. Hiring priorities relate to any substantive sustainability area. Particular interests include, but are not limited to, sustainable business/enterprise, sustainable food/agriculture, and behavioral change/education. The anticipated start is the 2022-2023 academic year.


    This position is located at Arizona State University on the Tempe campus. All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for one year. Options for an additional one or two years of funding or a transition to a tenure-track position may be offered, depending on each fellow's progress and training needs. Faculty tenure-track appointments will require a process of review congruent with ASU's expectations.


    The Presidential Postdoc Fellows will uniquely engage with other Fellows across the university to build a peer mentoring community. The Graduate College will provide fellows a variety of resources and professional development opportunities. Career development and community building will occur through programmatic support provided by ASU's Graduate College's Postdoctoral Affairs Office. The School of Sustainability will provide individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Related to their integration with the School of Sustainability faculty, Fellows will be invited to participate in the School of Sustainability's faculty meetings and governance discussions. They will also be included in the School's social events and bi-monthly research seminar series. Fellows will be invited to join the Global Futures Laboratory's Research Accelerator, which consists of a cohort of early career sustainability scholars who convene bi-monthly (for 1 year) to increase cohesion and develop a research strategy to increase their competitiveness, funding success, partnerships, and societal impact, including production of relevant scholarly products and mentoring of students in research.


    Salary is based upon qualifications. Individuals employed as Postdoctoral Fellows may not hold multiple, non-benefits eligible appointments at Arizona State University. Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair at (


    About Arizona State University's School of Sustainability

    The School of Sustainability is committed to developing a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for faculty and students. Our mission is to achieve environmental integrity, social equity, and well-being through innovative research, impactful education, and engaged communities. Our faculty's research offers tremendous breadth in socially embedded and use-inspired research that seeks to develop solutions to pressing sustainability challenges across various scales. Our transdisciplinary approach has allowed us to adapt and evolve through learning and experimentation, as well as innovative, collaborative research and problem-solving activities. With social equity as a core aspect of sustainability, our scholarship often involves working with historically marginalized communities to seek environmental and social justice at home and abroad. The School's commitment to ensure an inclusive environment is codified in our 2020 Strategic Plan, which describes our aspirational vision: SOS is a global leader in sustainability research and discovery. Our inclusive and supportive culture and programs enable student, alumni, faculty, and staff success. We empower communities, both locally and internationally, towards sustainability transformation.


    About Arizona State University 

    ASU is a large, comprehensive, public research university. For nearly two decades, ASU has transformed into the "New American University," one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society's greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan.


    Arizona State University is located in Indian Country; there are 22 tribal nations in Arizona. ASU's campuses are situated on the homelands of many Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O'odham and Piipaash. Arizona State University recognizes the original inhabitants of these lands and recognizes that they still reside throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. We acknowledge that the modern-day Indigenous nations that descended from the ancestral peoples are the original inhabitants of this land.

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    Additional Resources

    §  New American University Toward 2027 and Beyond

    §  The LIFT Report: Status of Black and African Americans at Arizona State University

    §  Office of American Indian Initiatives

    §  ASU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    §  New efforts to include Indigenous, Black, and Latinx scholars

    §  Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory Focal Areas

    §  Educational Outreach and Student Services




    Minimum qualifications 

    §  A PhD or equivalent advanced degree in sustainability, or in a field that is relevant to sustainability, at the time of appointment

    §  Demonstrated ability to conduct research in the candidate's area of expertise

    §  Potential to disseminate scholarly findings in peer-reviewed publications

    §  A background that contributes to diversity, equity, and inclusion in sustainability


    Desired qualifications 

    §  Potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring

    §  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in research

    §  Demonstrated potential for leadership in scholarly activities, professional activities, communication, and outreach

    §  Expertise in sustainable business/enterprise, sustainable food/agriculture, and behavioral change/education


    Application Instructions


    The application deadline is April 25, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


    Applications can be submitted online here Application materials should include (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications noted above; (3) a combined research and teaching statement (that addresses your potential to disseminate scholarly findings in peer reviewed publications, in addition to your experiences and/or expertise in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service); (4) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will advance ASU's Charter; (5) up to two writing samples or creative outputs; (6) contact information for at least 2 references, including email addresses.


    Related to applicants' DEI statement, it should demonstrate applicants' understanding of the dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education with a focus on underrepresented individuals in the field of sustainability (and/or your primary disciplinary field). The statement should clearly articulate activities (research, teaching, and/or service) you have undertaken and/or endeavor to undertake aimed at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


    A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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