Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Virginia

Date Posted October 11, 2017

Global Systems Science Cluster

Virginia Tech is strategically investing in hiring innovative faculty to advance its vision to grow beyond boundaries as a premier 21st-century global land-grant institution through our Destination Areas initiative. As interconnected areas of strength, Destination Areas facilitate faculty collaborations that bridge disciplines to create innovative and transformative solutions to global issues, while positioning Virginia Tech as a premier destination for talent that seeks to advance the human condition. More information on Virginia Tech’s Beyond Boundaries vision can be found online (

In support of these strategic initiatives, Virginia Tech is recruiting a robust and diverse cluster of faculty interested in contributing to transdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach initiatives that align with our Global Systems Science Destination Area. With commitments in this area from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the university is specifically seeking faculty interested in engaging with research and curricular initiatives that support innovation and problem solving at the intersection of natural and social systems, with a focus on promoting equity in the human condition. Faculty with expertise in disciplinary areas such as Aquatic Entomology, Environmental Epidemiology, Cumulative Risk Assessment, Human/Ecological Risk Assessment, Oral/Public History, Local/Regional History, Digital History, Environmental History, or with interdisciplinary backgrounds will be uniquely positioned to help the university advance these efforts. 

Virginia Tech recognizes the vital importance of inclusion and diversity for our campus community in achieving excellence in all of our work and study. The university continues to diversify faculty, staff, and students along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded. Through committed university efforts such as AdvanceVT and InclusiveVT (, the university continues to build institutional and individual commitment to its motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Further, we seek scholars who are committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.

The Global Systems Science Destination Area fosters transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay between natural and social systems. Faculty in this area collaborate to discover creative solutions to critical social problems emergent from human activity and environmental change, in areas such as freshwater and coastal water systems, rural environments, infectious disease, and food production and safety. Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities. Visit for more information about this initiative.

Successful candidates will engage in Global Systems Science initiatives with other faculty across the university working in this area. As part of the cluster, they will also have opportunities to support curricular and pedagogical advances, advance interdisciplinary research initiatives, and cultivate global outreach initiatives in related areas.

Successful candidates will also be expected to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, depending upon the needs of the hiring department. 



  • An earned terminal degree is required at the time of appointment in a field relevant to the Global Systems Science Destination Area (Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D., MFA, etc. as appropriate to the discipline)
  • Assistant Professor level candidates must show potential for significant scholarship and teaching ability, while Associate Professor or Professor level candidates must demonstrate significant scholarship and teaching ability
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Commitment to engage in a campus community working to grow an inclusive culture and practices while building diversity among faculty, staff, and students
  • Strong interest in, and commitment to, working with diverse populations




  • Interest in working across boundaries in transdisciplinary teaching, research, outreach, or mentoring initiatives
  • Interest in developing and pursuing curricula and scholarly initiatives that consider issues of the human condition as a foundational element
  • Experience and engagement with federally funded programs designed to broaden access or participation, or experience working with minority-serving institutions or underrepresented community organizations and programs



  • Completion of a criminal background check
  • Occasional travel to attend professional meetings and/or conferences


Applications will be accepted online at Applicants must submit a formal cover letter addressing scholarship interests and qualifications, a brief statement describing the applicant’s interest in and experience working with diverse groups and underrepresented populations, brief statements of teaching philosophy/experience and research interests/experience, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Stephen Schoenholtz, search committee chair, at Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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How To Apply

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