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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Integrative & Global Studies
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Mar. 3, 2022
Title Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Integrative & Global Studies
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • International Business

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Integrative & Global Studies


Integrative and Global Studies Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

WPI seeks a full-time Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) whose research, scholarship, teaching, and advising expertise will support the evolution and growth of a socially and globally engaged polytechnic. Position will begin in the fall of 2022.


We are particularly interested in candidates who demonstrate interdisciplinary, community engaged, justice-centered research and teaching that focuses on experiential and project-based learning. We are also interested in candidates whose scholarship might include, but reaches beyond North America, and includes interests in Africa, Latin America, and/or Asia-Pacific. Candidates should be comfortable with innovative methodologies that might include qualitative/quantitative approaches, fieldwork, multi-site studies and mixed methods. Area of specialization is open, but might include health/climate justice, climate change, race and gender studies, just sustainabilities/sustainable futures, migration, mobility justice, and could feature comparative, transregional dimensions.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in cross-disciplinary teaching and research and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful applicant will support a curriculum which features undergraduate project based programs for first and third year students, a new Master's program in Community Climate Adaptation, and potential future graduate programs in community engagement and development, global health, and trans-regional studies.

About The Global School & The Department of Integrative and Global Studies at WPI

The Global School prepares students to act in collaboration with others to address global problems, through undergraduate and graduate programs founded on the university's half-century of leadership in project-based learning-an educational approach infused across the entire curriculum. Our students and faculty engage deeply with partners to address social, technological, ecological, and economic challenges through interdisciplinary, purpose-driven research.

The Department of Integrative and Global Studies (DIGS) consists of faculty and staff dedicated to global research and engagement, and to supporting WPI's Great Problems Seminar (GPS) for first-year students, our junior year, interdisciplinary projects requirement, and our new MS in Community Climate Adaptation. See

The GPS is a team-taught, project-based, two course sequence in which first-year students explore a global problem in sections organized around issues such as housing, food security, sustainability, water or health. See:

Our junior-year project, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) is a distinctive, team learning experience that challenges students to address problems at the intersection of science, technology and society. See Because the IQP can be completed as a student's full course load for one term, students do not need to be on campus to complete an IQP. Most students complete their IQPs at one of over 50 project centers in 31 countries around the globe. Faculty both prepare teams of students for this research experience and travel with students for 7-8 weeks to advise their projects. WPI is committed to providing off-campus project opportunities to all of its undergraduates.

The Department, in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently launched a new Master's Degree program in Community Climate Adaptation which is designed to engage graduate students both in courses on campus, and in research at our global project centers. See

Desired Attributes

  • Research track record or potential for outstanding research as demonstrated by publications and alternative forms of scholarship (creative works, presentations, etc.).
  • Teaching excellence, and experience with team teaching and engaging students in on & off-campus experiential learning in collaboration with diverse organizational settings and diverse communities.
  • Productive interdisciplinary collaborations (grants, publications, team-taught courses) with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, including STEM disciplines.

Position Requirements

  • A PhD in International Studies or Development, Anthropology, Geography, History, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies,, Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Public Policy, Humanities disciplines (with a specialization in our desired areas) or a related field with interest and/or experience in global studies and project based learning.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering justice, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and beyond, and/or commitment to do so as an employee at WPI.
  • Foreign language skills.

This position continues the investment in The Global School at WPI, which has recently hired an Inaugural Dean, appointed a new Department Head in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies, and has plans for new interdisciplinary graduate programs in addition to a new Masters in Community Climate Adaptation. We are a dynamic and central part of the new WPI Stategic Plan.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, CV, teaching and research statement, a statement of contribution to justice, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for references. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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