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Assistant/Associate Professor, Environmental Policy

The Political Science Department at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Public Policy, with a focus on global, comparative, or international Environmental Policy. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust research program; substantive research areas may include, but are not limited to, energy and climate change. We welcome applicants from any theoretical or methodological tradition.

The successful candidate will also contribute to teaching courses across levels in our undergraduate curriculum, including for a shared Renewable Energy minor, as well as in our graduate curriculum, including in our Master of Public Administration program and potentially for a shared Renewable Energy Graduate Certificate program. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop their own courses, and will be expected to supervise graduate students in our MPA, MA, and PhD programs. The normal teaching load is 2/2. This position is pending state budget approval.

Our College and Department are committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty; preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to fostering research and teaching environments that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Affairs/Administration, Environmental Studies, or a related field.
  • A developing or established research agenda in environmental policy, with a global, comparative, or international focus.
  • A record of, or potential for, publishing in top-tier journals and presses in relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated excellence, or clear evidence of potential for excellence, in teaching in the fields of environmental policy, public policy, and renewable energy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of or potential for strong external grant activity.
  • Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in research, teaching and/or service.

Compensation Rank

Assistant Professor II or III

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Academic Faculty (Nine-month), Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.


We have a generous retirement plan. Your 15.50% contribution is matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. All permanent employees on an annual “A” or “B” contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Other Perks of Working at UNR:

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision – Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, and life insurance  – Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a university town. Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders and community transit is free for university employees.
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life’s difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax.

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. For more information, please visit: Dual Career Program

Department Information

The UNR Department of Political Science is an energetic, collegial and exciting community of political scientists and public policy and administration scholars with a deep commitment to excellence in research and teaching as well as to leadership in the Department, the University, and the diverse northern Nevada community. The Department is home to three graduate programs that confer MA, MPA and PhD degrees. It offers a BA in Political Science and coordinates the International Affairs major and various minors. Faculty participate in a variety of College and University-wide initiatives, such as the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies and the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. Additional information about the Department can be found at the Political Science Department website.

College and University Information

The College of Liberal Arts at UNR emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives. It supports major scholarly research, teaching, and creative activity in the social sciences, humanities, and arts, with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Along with the interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and is actively addressing racism, bias and inequities; for examples, see the Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The many departments of the College, including Political Science, have an active intellectual and public events life.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public land-grant institution with Carnegie Research 1 status. Its student population is approximately 20,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. UNR students and faculty have won numerous national research awards and competitive fellowships. A number of faculty have affiliations and collaborations with the Desert Research Institute. The university has been designated as a Carnegie Community Engagement university. Nearly half of UNR students are students of color; the university is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University’s mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has a dynamic intellectual, artistic, and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno. The city is an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music, festival scene, and a vibrant Riverwalk along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento, and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many transportation hubs. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

 Contact Information for this position

Search Chair-Dr. Elizabeth Koebele,

Search co-Coordinator- Karen Braun,

Search co-Coordinator-Tamela Gorden,

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please attach the following attachments to your application

1) Complete Curriculum Vita.

2) Cover letter (2 pages maximum) that highlights qualifications/experience, research agenda and plans, and teaching experience.

3) A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally-inclusive environment.

4) Contact information for three professional references; letters will only be solicited from candidates who advance in the search.

5) A sample syllabus that you have constructed for any course.

6) A writing sample, including a publication, dissertation chapter, or similar.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2023.

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