Assistant Professor (Geographies of Energy and Peace)

Environment, Geography, and Earth Sciences (EGE) & Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies (PCS)

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with joint appointment to the Environment, Geography, and Earth Sciences (EGE) Department and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies (PCS) Program to begin September 1, 2023. The position focuses on the social dimensions of energy production, distribution, and consumption and associated conflicts and solidarities.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

To support these goals, Gustavus Adolphus College is currently in the third year of a multiyear, multi-departmental hiring initiative to enhance and diversify departmental curricular and co-curricular offerings. Faculty at Gustavus have opportunities to participate in our interdisciplinary Programs, including African/African Diaspora Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Minnesota is home to vibrant and increasingly racially diverse communities, and we believe that representation from these communities positively contributes to our student body. We especially seek faculty members whose impact will be to advance academic and cultural programs in areas relevant to African, Black, or Indigenous history, arts, and culture, while also helping the College engage and support students of color.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Department of Environment, Geography, and Earth Science (EGE) is a transdisciplinary community of learners engaged with the challenges of living on a changing planet Earth. EGE brings together the traditional disciplines of Geography and Geology with the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Studies into a single, interdisciplinary department that seeks to understand our planetary home from a variety of perspectives. Students in the department may seek majors/minors in Environmental Studies (ENV), Geography (GEG), or Geology (GEO), and EGE faculty may be fully or jointly appointed in the department. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

The Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies (PCS) program serves to focus knowledge from diverse disciplines to address the problems of war, social oppression and violence, and the challenges of implementing nonviolent conflict resolution and social justice. PCS stresses the development of values as an integral part of intellectual growth and encourages students to work toward a just and peaceful world through experiential learning opportunities. The program is one of the oldest in the U.S., founded in the 1970s with inaugural director and civil rights activist Bernard Lafayette. After many years as a minor, the program began offering a major degree in 2019. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the program website at

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Currently, tenure-line Gustavus faculty have a 6-course equivalent teaching assignment. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five courses, plus one fully-compensated course release.

Primary teaching responsibilities will include Introduction to Peace Studies and/or Conflict and Resolution; World Geography; Energy Geography; and upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement of inclusion and equity commitment
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 14, 2022. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit evidence of teaching effectiveness, syllabi, or publications. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Geography, Peace and Conflict Studies, Environmental Studies, or a related field; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 30, 2023
  • Teaching and research specializations or expertise in energy geography and peace and conflict studies
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising
  • Evidence of a research agenda and commitment to scholarly research
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • We encourage applications from candidates with an international perspective in the Global South and/or experience working with marginalized communities - indigenous, migrant, diasporic, and/or racialized - and their interplay with energy-related issues
  • Teaching experience in courses listed above

Posted July 12, 2022


Joaquin Villanueva | | 507-933-6283

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2022

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