Loyola University Chicago's (LUC) School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) requests applications for a full time tenure track Assistant Professor of Environment & Human Health beginning in August, 2023. The SES particularly encourages faculty of color to apply. We seek an environmental scientist with a approach recognizing the interdependence of the health of humans, animals, and plants and the health of the ecosystems that they share. Candidates should have expertise in the impacts of environmental degradation on human health, which could include a variety of areas of specialty. For example, research expertise in the influence of climate change on emergence, distribution and transmission of infectious diseases, research on air pollutants and human health, or contaminants of emerging concern including pharmaceuticals, preservatives, disinfectants, pesticides and herbicides, plastics, PFAS, VOCs, endocrine disruptors and other emerging toxins that directly impact human health are all areas of interest to this search committee. The candidates' research will contribute to our Environmental Health & Toxicology Affinity Group.
The successful candidate will be required to develop and teach an introductory 200-level Environmental Health course and ENVS 301/401 Environmental Health as well as Climate Change & Human Health (ENVS 338/438) and Introduction to Global Health (ENVS 385/485). Importantly, we are looking for someone to help assess our current Environmental Health major and work with a committee to propose new course additions and curricular modifications to strengthen the major.
Background: Loyola University Chicago has been committed to environmental sustainability for 20 years, having transformed its campuses to meet energy, water, and waste efficiencies that have consistently ranked the University in the top 5% of green campuses nationally. The new interdisciplinary School of Environmental Sustainability (SES) currently serves 500 undergraduate and graduate students, and is housed within a state-of-the-art geothermally heated/cooled building complex containing a 3,100 sq ft greenhouse, two aquaponics facilities, a biodiesel production facility, teaching & research labs, environmental analytical lab, ecotoxicology lab, and a green dormitory. The campus prioritizes sustainability with energy efficient LEED certified buildings, permeable pavement, green roof installations, and student-run urban gardens supplying the LUC Farmer's Market. The Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC) has restoration projects in a 20-acre wetland and oak/hickory woodland, a 5-acre organic farm, and is a venue for three-week summer field courses and for faculty and student research in sustainable agriculture, ecology, and wetland restoration. For more information about SES, pleasesee our website.
The SES expects to double its number of faculty in the next five years, strategically building toward five pillars of expertise. The SES faculty bring expertise from the multitude of disciplines that contribute to the understanding of and formation of solutions to environmental problems, including natural science, social science, humanities, economics, business management, public health, law & policy, ethics, GIS, and statistics. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, the SES is building its academic strengths in five affinity areas, each associated with a set of complex vexing social problems under the broader umbrella of environmental sustainability. These SES Affinity Groups include Biodiversity, Environment & Society, Food Systems, Climate & Energy, and Environmental Health & Toxicology.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in environmental science, environmental health, or a closely related field. The candidate must share Loyola University Chicago's Jesuit commitment to social justice, care for our common home, and walking with the excluded, ideally evidenced through their research, teaching and/or service. Candidates for the position should have a record of or clear potential for distinguished scholarship, external research funding, and student mentorship.
Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola University Chicago is comprised of four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to ten schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. Recognizing Loyola's excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications. Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.