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Associate Professor - Climate and Aquatic Environment (Director, Aquatic Research and Environmental

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, New York
Closing date
Feb 3, 2023

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Aquatic ecology, Invasive ecology
Job Type
Faculty, Associate Professor
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Job Title: Associate Professor - Climate and Aquatic Environment (Director, Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center)

Job ID: 25315

Location: Brooklyn College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular




Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) invites applications for a full-time, tenured Associate Professor position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences whose research focuses on Climate and Environment and who will serve as Director of the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center with a starting date in August 2023.


The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EESC) conducts research and teaching across the full spectrum of the earth and environmental sciences to help students navigate the rocks, soils, landscapes, coastlines, and waters of New York City and beyond. Furthermore, our many external partnerships allow students to apply learned skills outside the classroom and address pressing questions and problems related to Earth systems and our environment. Our faculty and students have strong collaborative relationships with the Science Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (, Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center (AREAC, Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center (AREAC) | Brooklyn College (, CUNY Advanced Sciences Research Center Environmental Sciences Initiative (Environmental Sciences – The Advanced Science Research Center (, as well as the Urban Sustainability Program ( Urban Sustainability | Brooklyn College ( at Brooklyn College. The Department offers BS, MA, BAT, MS, MA and MAT degrees, while the PhD program is offered through CUNY Graduate Center.


AREAC is a 15,000-square-foot facility dedicated to basic and applied studies of aquatic organisms and the environments they inhabit. The 10,000-square-foot saltwater area is a re-circulating seawater system, allowing control of temperature, salinity, and photoperiod. There is also a separate 3,000-square-foot lab for growing and experimentation of freshwater organisms. A 2,000-square-foot adjacent lab is equipped for water quality and various analyses, including morphology, immunochemistry, molecular biology, and biochemical assays.


Brooklyn College serves students from as many as 150 countries who speak over 100 languages and dialects and thus constitutes a vibrant microcosm of the rich diversity and energy that characterizes the borough of Brooklyn and the greater New York City area itself. Its mission features “a special commitment to educate immigrant and first-generation college students from the diverse communities that make up our city and state.” The college ethos is strongly invested in the educational and career success of our diverse students. We are committed to fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared ideals.  By accessing a first-class and affordable college education in an inclusive and nurturing intellectual milieu, our students acquire the skills, confidence, and global mindedness that allow them to thrive in a rapidly changing, unpredictable marketplace of ideas that is increasingly mindless of borders and spans cultures and vernaculars.


To this end, the college seeks faculty who are eager to engage with the diversity of our student body and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and heterogeneity through teaching, research and/or service. We seek to recruit and retain faculty who reflect the mosaic of our student population.  Successful candidates will bring their unique creativity, sensitivity, insights and perspectives to a community that welcomes innovation and promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching. Together we will model the finest that a public urban liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college can be for the present and future.


Responsibilities include:


  • Serve as Director for the Aquatic Research and Environmental Center (AREAC)
  • Lead a multidisciplinary group of faculty and researchers associated with AREAC to develop externally funded, independent and/or collaborative research
  • Oversee a $2.5 million renovation of AREAC facilities.
  • Engage in community engagement work, in collaboration with SRIJB, EESC, ASRC, Urban Sustainability Program.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in climate and/or environmental sciences
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate research


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.





  • Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences or related field from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated research and funding excellence
  • Ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to teach undergraduate or graduate courses
  • Ability to teach evening, weekends, face-to-face, and online



  • Potential for excellence in teaching, including online teaching, and in scholarship. 
  • Track record of developing sustainable externally-funded community-based research and collaborations in urban settings



$76,395 - $117,805; Salary commensurate with experience and credentials.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.




STEP ONE – Submit application online


From our job posting system, select "Apply Now'', create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, please visit 


Applicants should upload the following in .doc or .pdf format:


  • An application letter indicating the desired position, and should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CUNY’s commitment to diversity.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A (5 pages maximum) statement of Teaching Philosophy.  This should describe any special interests the candidate has in pedagogy, student retention, or in the support of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM fields
  • A (5 pages maximum) description of the research plan the applicant will pursue and expand activities within AREAC as its Director.


STEP TWO - Submit References Contact Information at


All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their recommenders by visiting the link above and entering the contact information for three (3) recommenders.


The online system will automatically email your recommenders a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided.


Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered.



Review of applications to begin October 27, 2022 and will continue until filled.



CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.



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