Environmental / Biological Chemistry Faculty: Cluster Search in Sustainability and Environment

Date Posted: 11/21/2023
Type/Department:Faculty in Dean of Faculty Office
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Job Title: Environmental / Biological Chemistry Faculty: Cluster Search in Sustainability and Environment

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range/ Status: $65,000-$81,000

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2024


Environmental / Biological Chemistry Faculty: Cluster Search in Sustainability and Environment

Hampshire College is an experimenting institution with a mission to advance social justice and transform higher education. We seek creative and collaborative colleagues to join our faculty as part of a major cluster hiring initiative across the curriculum. Hampshire College is seeking up to three (3) transdisciplinary faculty whose teaching and research engage sustainability and environment, to begin July 2024. These positions are open rank with a preference for early career scholars and practitioners to be hired at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates who hold tenure or a strong track record of multidisciplinary experience may be considered for hiring at the Associate or Full level.

In support of students working broadly across the liberal arts, especially in the areas of sustainability, environment, and health, we seek candidates who hold academic expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Plant/Agroecology (such as sustainable agriculture, plant-microbe interactions, botany, mycology)
  • Environmental/Biological Chemistry (such as soil chemistry, computational chemistry, archeological chemistry, metabolomics, biochemistry, enzymology) 
  • Data / Computer Science (such as computational methods, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data activism, bioinformatics, statistical analytics, computational social science) 

We seek student-centered teacher-scholars who employ an integrated approach to teaching theory, methods, and practical applications with inclusive pedagogies. We welcome candidates who engage in environmental justice; use the Hampshire campus (including the Hampshire farm and woods) as a site for research and experimentation; and/or present and teach data analysis as a tool for students pursuing any area of liberal study.

The successful candidate will:

  • Connect at least half their normal teaching course load each year with one or two of the Learning Collaboratives and Urgent Challenges described here;
  • Work in individual and group settings to advise and mentor an increasingly diverse body of Hampshire students;
  • Collaborate with faculty colleagues across disciplines and actively participate in governance and service committees;
  • Demonstrate engagement with antiracism in their teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and/or service;
  • Participate in events and forums organized by Hampshire's four transdisciplinary Learning Collaboratives;
  • Be eager to participate in continuous pedagogical experimentation.

Hampshire Faculty

Our faculty are nimble: able to teach broadly from introductory to advanced levels and eager to contribute both core courses and inventive, transdisciplinary classes that cross boundaries and stimulate and support project-based student work. At Hampshire, we have neither departments nor majors, so you will join and collaborate within affinities (e.g. STEM backgrounds) and across the College to teach and mentor students studying in every area of the liberal arts and sciences. New faculty hold great potential for contributing to and determining the direction of Hampshire.

About Hampshire

Hampshire’s academic program is unique within higher education in the United States. Students draw from multiple disciplines and methodologies to develop their own concentrations, and every student completes an independent year-long project synthesizing their course of study as a condition of graduation. Students are provided narrative evaluations of their work instead of grades. Our student community is distinctively diverse: this year 39% are BIPOC or international, 37.5% receive Pell Grants, approximately a third are neurodivergent, and a substantial majority identify as LGBTQIA+. Hampshire is a member of the Five College consortium (Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts), and located in Amherst, MA.

Building on its student-driven approach, Hampshire is implementing a radical new academic program that emphasizes urgent challenges, transdisciplinarity, antiracism, community engagement, and project-based skills. We convene transdisciplinary Learning Collaboratives that assemble faculty, students, and staff to address urgent questions developed by and voted on by the community. Additionally, Hampshire has implemented a “Race and Power” requirement that ensures students, staff, and faculty alike will engage in critical reflection on racial justice and equity throughout their Hampshire careers. In the letter of application, candidates are encouraged to explain how their teaching and scholarly/artistic work does or could contribute to this curricular and pedagogical vision.


The PhD, equivalent terminal degree is preferred, or Master’s and equivalent in professional work experience is required by the time of appointment. Qualified candidates must have demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate level and an active research agenda. An ability to communicate and work effectively within a culturally diverse and multi-disciplinary campus community is essential. These positions involve full-time teaching with a five-course annual teaching load, as well as substantial student advising and participation in College governance.

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We're particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Candidates should submit the following to apply:

  • a cover letter of approximately two pages describing your teaching (including ways that you draw on and work across disciplines), your scholarly interests and projects, and how you will contribute to addressing one or more of Hampshire’s Learning Collaboratives and urgent challenges;
  • a statement addressing your approach to justice, equity, and antiracism (JEA) in teaching philosophy and practice;
  • a curriculum vita;
  • names, titles, and contact information for three referees; and
  • up to 20 pages of professional work

Please submit your cover letter, statement, CV, references, and work samples via our website: https://jobs.hampshire.edu. No hard copies will be accepted.

If you have general questions about this search, please email dof@hampshire.edu.

For fullest consideration, all materials should be received by January 12, 2024.

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.