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Kikta Chair in Environment and Sustainability

Buffalo, New York ~ February 17, 2021

The Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo seeks to hire an Associate or Full Professor for the newly created Kikta Chair.
A focus of the chairholder’s responsibilities will be experiential, problem-based teaching. In addition to well-established expertise in environmental and sustainability issues, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to developing innovative experiential learning programs. The specific research field is open – and we value non-academic work experience in addition to traditional scholarly achievements appropriate to the rank.
The Department is in its second year, with 8 full-time faculty and 10 faculty with appointments that are split with other departments. The Department is growing rapidly. Three full-time faculty have been hired in the past year, and we have approval for a future cluster hire of three additional full-time tenure-track faculty. The Kikta Chair, thanks to the generosity of UB graduate Edward Kikta, is in addition to those hires.
Our interdisciplinary faculty brings training in ecology, history, geography, sustainability studies, sociology, gender studies, communication, geology, anthropology, and media studies. The Department has long established undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies and Environmental Geosciences; graduate programs in Sustainability Leadership and Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, and plans to offer additional degrees. For more about the department, go to https://arts sciences.buffalo.edu/environment-sustainability.html.
Western New York is a superb place for studying the critical nexus of societal and environmental problems. The region includes rural, suburban and urban environments as well as two of the Great Lakes. Our faculty work with a diversity of partners in the region, including environmental-justice groups, a sustainable-business roundtable, as well as organizations focused on environmental conservation and restoration.
The University at Buffalo is the largest of the State University of New York institutions and a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities. The university has a full array of professional schools. Our master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership is a partnership between the schools of Management, Engineering, and Architecture and Planning and the College of Arts and Sciences.
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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