Stacey Nicholas Endowed Chair of Environmental and Climate Change Education (Associate/Full Rank)

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Stacey Nicholas Endowed Chair of Environmental and Climate Change Education (Associate/Full Rank)

The School of Education at the University of California, Irvine is carrying out a search for an Endowed Chair in environmental and climate change literacy education. This faculty position will provide intellectual leadership for the recently (re)launched ECCLPs – the Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Project(s) – a joint initiative of the University of California and California State University systems. The UCI School of Education has received seed funding and is serving as a hub for ECCLPs, partnering with community groups to create a model for promoting climate change literacy education in P-12 schools and youth organizations throughout the state of California. We are interested in candidates whose research, teaching and service commitments contribute to expanding the learning opportunities of minoritized communities in the areas of environmental and climate change literacy education, and who recognize as an imperative the centrality of environmental and racial justice in approaching climate change education. We welcome applicants from any disciplinary perspective and methodological tradition, whose scholarship focuses on environmental and climate change education and who can work collaboratively with faculty working in diverse areas including teacher education, education policy, climate science and the environment and society. A successful candidate will have experience and/or interest in engaging with local partnerships, higher education colleagues and K-12 educators to promote effective climate change education in California, which can serve as a model for other states and countries.

UC Irvine has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the area of addressing climate change and promoting environmental education. Historically, the university’s internationally recognized earth system science faculty provided academic leadership in identifying and addressing the role of chlorofluorocarbons in ozone-depletion. UCI has been celebrated as one of the nation’s most environmentally conscious campuses, including 12 consecutive years at the top of the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” ranking. Recently, UCI beat 900 other colleges and universities across 40 countries to earn the best score from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s sustainability rating system. Campus wide climate change initiatives include [Solutions that Scale] (https://sites.ps.uci.edu/solutions/) and the UCI Climate Alliance.

The School of Education at UC Irvine, ranked as a top ten school of education by U.S. News, and No. 8 in the world globally in Education Research, has devoted substantial resources to supporting research on teaching and learning, and engaging with the diverse surrounding communities to promote research-practice partnerships and professional development opportunities for educators across the K-12 continuum. UCI is home to a vibrant, collaborative research community committed to improving science education. The Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice fosters collaboration among faculty, students, and practitioners on projects focused on a variety of aspects of teacher development and learning and on the study of teaching and teacher professional practice. The Orange County Education Advancement Network is a network of partnerships between the School of Education and local K-12 schools and non-profit organizations that engage in actionable scholarship to positively impact the diverse communities of Orange County and Southern California. The Teacher Academy offers teachers and educational leaders professional learning opportunities to improve instructional practice to advance equity and justice in K-12 contexts. The Center for Educational Partnerships hosts the UCI Science Project, a California subject matter program.

We welcome applications at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level. Applicants must have a PhD or EdD and a stellar record of scholarship, teaching and mentorship, and service commensurate to their career stage.

Application and Review

Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 15, 2023, but screening will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications should include:

curriculum vitae
a cover letter explaining research interests
a separate teaching statement
a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
3 relevant publications/papers
The names and contact information of four references (letters of recommendation will be solicited for a selected number of applicants). The committee recommends that one of the four references be from a community or system partner/collaborator.
Applications must be uploaded electronically through the on-line Recruit system: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07987 

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair Richard Arum ([email protected]) or Dylan Le ([email protected]). For more information on the UCI School of Education, see education.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine is a Hispanic- and Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution that is consistently ranked as the top university in the country providing opportunity to low-income learners. UCI is located in Orange County, a highly diverse community with more than 25 colleges, ten of which are part of the California State University or California Community College systems.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidates’ to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all rank (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) positions will be subject to institutional reference checks.

Institutional Reference Check
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence; where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. In support of this commitment, and as a means to address all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine will conduct an institutional reference check on recruitment finalists of Senate Ladder-Rank Professor and Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e. assistant, associate, full), prior to extending a formal offer of appointment. Applications submitted via AP Recruit must include a signed copy of the Authorization to Release Information Form for consideration.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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