Assistant Professor
School of Public Service
Requisition #181289

Boise State Introduction

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Boise State University’s School of Public Service is dedicated to excellence in innovative teaching, cutting edge scholarship and meaningful community outreach, serving the State of Idaho, region, nation and global communities. The school is comprised of rich and diverse academic programs, including Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Public Policy and Administration, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental Studies, Global Studies and Urban Studies and Community Development. The mission of the school is supported by a variety of centers and institutes that facilitate research and public engagement.

The School of Public Service seeks to hire two (2) tenure-track Assistant Professors to contribute to a new research and teaching cluster organized around the theme of “Governance and Well-being in Sustainable Communities.” These new faculty members will support the growth of the interdisciplinary programs, Environmental Studies, Global Studies and Urban Studies and Community Development within the School of Public Service, as well as the existing MA, MPA, and PhD graduate programs.

Candidates’ areas of focus may include the following:

  • Processes of social, environmental, energy and economic systems change, including global environmental change and climate change.
  • Social movements and community engagement.
  • Population change, including migration and refugee resettlement.
  • Risk and resilience studies.
  • Smart Cities and Big Data.

Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Position Overview:

  • 2 vacancies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate courses in Environmental Studies, Global Studies and/or Urban Studies and Community Development.
  • Opportunities to teach and contribute to the School of Public Service’s graduate programs.
  • Engage in academic and public service scholarship.
  • Engage in professional, university and public service.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in a social science field. ABD candidates will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interdisciplinary scholarship.
  • Specialization in areas at the intersection of governance, well-being and/or sustainable community development.
  • Experience and training in GIS and/or qualitative methods.
  • May specialize in any geographic region and may work at any scale (micro, meso or macro).

The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
¥ Interest and potential in building a strong research record in the social sciences.
¥ Interest and potential in producing high quality peer reviewed and public service scholarship.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit:

Required Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position, curriculum vita, summary of recent teaching evaluations, a written sample of your research, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) and three letters of recommendation. Please submit application materials using the following link:

Any inquiries regarding the position may be sent to Dr. Kathleen Araújo at

Letters of recommendation may be sent by letter writers to

Closing Date: The deadline for applications is November 17th, 12:59 AM MST.

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