Job ID: 225695

Assistant Professor in Climate Policy

Tufts University

  • Nov. 15, 2023
  • Assistant Professor in Climate Policy
  • The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
  • Tufts University
    Medford, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Public Policy & Administration

The Fletcher School at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Climate Policy beginning in September 2023. We are looking for candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service.


The ideal candidate will conduct research at the intersection of climate, land use, equity, and justice in a global context.  The Fletcher School is open to candidates with research agendas within this intersection with a variety of methodological approaches.  A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest includes land use change and policy, land tenure, climate resilient agriculture and food security, urban land use and social equity, energy transition and land use (e.g., mineral rights), biodiversity (e.g., afforestation and reforestation), and the nexus of these topics, such as the land-biodiversity-climate-food nexus. We are particularly interested in candidates who study the global policy implications of their work for indigenous, minority, and low-income populations. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in their area of research that attract students from various global affairs disciplines, as well as contribute to the delivery of existing graduate curricula. The appointed faculty member would be housed in Fletcher’s renowned Center for International Environment & Resource Policy (CIERP) and, if appropriate, appointed as affiliated faculty in the Climate Policy Lab (CPL).


Candidates for this position are a part of the Creating the Community of Tufts Scholars (CCTS) cluster-hire program. The goal of CCTS is to increase the number and impact of faculty across the University whose work relates to equity, race, and disadvantaged communities in the US and/or globally. This program will take place over the next three to five years through three unique cluster hires. This position is a part of the first cluster in the broad theme of climate and equity.  In addition to the cluster, CCTS faculty will be able to take advantage of comprehensive faculty development resources as well as other forms of support.


The Fletcher School is one of the leading independent schools of global affairs, acclaimed both nationally and internationally. The school includes an interdisciplinary full-time faculty of almost 40 and offers 10 Master’s programs (in addition to several joint degree programs) and two Ph.D. programs. We welcome candidates who can advise graduate students in these various programs. The Fletcher School houses several research centers and offers opportunities at overseas campuses.  We seek faculty who are aligned with our values of teaching and scholarly excellence, collaboration, and inclusiveness and those who embrace our mission to educate leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere. We seek candidates who are eager to engage as educators in an internationally diverse student community.  More information on the Fletcher School can be found at



All candidates will be evaluated based on their potential for meaningful scholarship on climate change, resulting in publications in top academic journals, and their potential for excellence in teaching in a diverse, cross-disciplinary graduate environment. In addition, candidates will be evaluated based on the ability to demonstrate promise to develop a vigorously externally-funded research program and the degree to which their work is relevant to a range of stakeholders, including populations usually underrepresented. 


Candidates must:

  1. Hold a Ph.D. in a related field of study, which may include interdisciplinary environmental sciences, public policy, political science, international relations, agricultural and/or resource economics, development studies, geography, anthropology, or related fields is required, though ABD with a firm completion date by May 2024 will also be considered.  
  2. Demonstrate the potential for outstanding scholarship in the domains of climate, land use, and equity through peer-reviewed publications.
  3. Demonstrate the potential to develop research and teaching that actively engages the policy implications of their scholarship.
  4. Demonstrate the potential to teach at the graduate level in an integrated, cross-disciplinary environment with a strong international student body.


Application Instructions

Candidates should submit the following:

1.    Cover letter

2.    Curriculum vitae

3.    Research statement

4.    Teaching statement

5.    Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement

6.    Writing Sample

7.    Three reference letters (submitted directly by the letter-writer, not the candidate)

8.    Previous teaching evaluations (if available)


The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 10 December and will continue reviewing until the position is filled.  Applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. 


Applications can be submitted via Interfolio at  Inquiries about the position should be addressed to search committee chair Melissa McCracken at


All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check and meeting the University’s current COVID-19 vaccination requirements.



For more information about The Fletcher School at Tufts University, please visit:

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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