Assistant Professor: Racial Justice in Science & Technology

Job no: 493598
Position type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Division/Equivalent: School of Humanities & Social Sci
School/Unit: Science & Technology Studies
Categories: Faculty, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Job Summary

The Department of Science & Technology Studies (STS) in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with research and teaching interests in racial justice, racial equality, and structural racism in science, technology, and policy.

We seek a dynamic, innovative scholar who will contribute to the STS Department’s broader commitments to social justice and participatory design of alternative futures. Applicants should have research expertise focused on 1) structural and other forms of racism in science, technology, the environment, and/or associated policies, 2) the creation of racially just and equitable science and technology, and/or 3) how science and technology can be used to address structural and environmental racism. This position involves facilitation of classroom dialogue as a vehicle for inclusive excellence in higher education. The successful candidate will be skilled at dialogic facilitation as a pedagogical technique. Experience in and/or commitment to public-facing, participatory, or community engaged scholarship is preferred.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent at the time of appointment, along with evidence of effective teaching, and the ability to demonstrate, through accomplishment, promise of academic, scholarly and/or research achievement in area of expertise. Applications are welcome from a wide range of fields, including historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, geographers, media scholars, and related disciplines and interdisciplinary programs.
The Department of Science and Technology Studies offers undergraduate programs in STS, Sustainability Studies, and Design, Innovation & Society and graduate programs at the M.S. and Ph.D. level. Follow this link for further information about Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer. Questions about the STS Department may be addressed to Department Head Nancy D. Campbell (

Application instructions


Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile and contact information for three (3) referees. Please be ready to upload the following required documents:
• Letter of interest
• CV
• Statement of teaching evidence of effective teaching
• Diversity statement
• Research statement

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Job Posted Date

Position posted on October 18, 2022.  Applications received by December 15, 2022 will receive first consideration.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience.  To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work primarily onsite.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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