Sustainability at Tufts

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Communications/Office Support Intern, Environmental Studies Department (Medford, MA)

The Environmental Studies Program is looking for an outreach/communications intern for the Spring semester (6 -10 hrs a week), starting in January. S/He will work under the supervision of the Environmental Studies Program Administrator. Duties include preparation of promotional material including flyers, newsletters, doing on-campus outreach, assisting with event organization, posting on social media, preparation of course guides updates and office tasks as needed. If interested, please apply through JobX or email Dr. Gomez at by Dec 11th and submit: 1)Cover letter (indicating available dates), 2)Resume, 3)Name and contact information for 2 references, 4) a flyer designed by you for the following event: “Communicating Sustainability”, John Smith, Thursday March 19,12 pm, Rabb room, Lincoln Filene Center, Watch talk live at, free pizza


Learn more and apply.

 Application deadline: Open until filled

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Amherst College, (Amherst, MA)

The Department of Environmental Studies at Amherst College invites applications for a visiting position at the assistant professor level in the area of environmental policy.  This is a two-year position, beginning in July 2016, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 43 percent of our students are domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender nationality, sexual orientation and religion.

The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester in his or her area of specialization (environmental policy, environmental law) and occasionally participate in a team-taught introductory course in environmental studies. Teaching in domestic and international policy is especially desired. A Ph.D. is required.

Application Deadline: Reviewing begins December 1st, 2015 (position open until filled)
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Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Earlham College, (Richmond, IN)

Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2016. This is a new position that will be located in a reconfigured program that is the result of the merger of existing majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. Studying the environment at Earlham is intentionally collaborative and multidisciplinary, designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for engagement with both current and future environmental problems and problem solving. New institutional support for this program, alongside the recent development of a significant college-wide interdisciplinary effort in Global Leadership that includes a focus on sustainability, makes this an exciting time to be teaching about the environment at Earlham.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

The faculty member occupying this position will be asked to teach courses supporting this new program, including: introduction courses in both environmental science and environmental studies; the senior capstone experience; and, an interdisciplinary and team-taught environmental problem-solving course.

The faculty member will also be asked to contribute at least one course in a natural science major, plus additional upper level environmental science courses. Research plans that include undergraduates are highly desirable.

Application Deadline: November 10, 2015
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Lecturer in Environmental Policy, Tufts University Environmental Studies Program (Medford, MA)

Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Communication 

A full-time renewable, non-tenure track, lecturer position in Environmental Studies is available beginning July 1, 2015. The Environmental Studies Program at Tufts University seeks an individual with expertise in environmental policy and communication who is committed to enhancing our students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, and their ability to work across disciplines. Teaching responsibilities (equivalent of 6 courses per year) include an advanced course in the candidate’s field of expertise, mentoring individual student research as appropriate to candidate’s expertise, and courses in the following general areas: (a) environmental policy, (b) environmental communication/negotiation, and (c) interdisciplinary research methods/analysis. The successful candidate is expected to advise majors, and lead small group discussions on general environmental issues as part of our Lunch & Learn seminar series.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree and have experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching is required. Salary is commensurate with experience. The application materials should include:

  • Cover letter including a list of possible courses that the applicant could teach in his/her area of expertise.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy • Course overview and syllabus of a proposed hands-on/skill-building methods/analysis course. 
  • Course evaluations and syllabi for the last three courses taught 
  • Two confidential letters of reference   

Candidates should submit the materials listed above and arrange to have two confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors to: Questions about the position may be directed to Colin Orians, Director, Environmental Studies Program, at Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.   

 Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Lunch and Learn Recap: Elena Naumova, Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and Water Safety in Southern India

Elena Naumova, director of the Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMid) and Associate Dean for Research at the Tufts School of Engineering, spoke last week as part of the Tufts Environmental Studies and Tufts Institute of the Environment Lunch and Learn program. Her presentation on the Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and Water Safety in Southern India covered student research projects sponsored through a collaboration between the Tufts School of Engineering and Christian Medical College in Vellore, India.

 A mathematician by training, Naumova emphasized the importance of translating data into usable information that allows for action and policy.

Naumova began by laying out the importance of preventing waterborne diseases. Globally, there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea annually, 2.2 million of which lead to death. Of those 2.2 million, 80% of the deaths are among infants. Unsafe water is a large factor in these diseases.

Modern mathematical tools allow for an understanding of waterborne outbreaks in “temporal and spatial patterns”, Naumova said. “Practically all waterborne diseases exhibit strong seasonal patterns distinct for a specific pathogen in a given population [and] locality”, in a phenomenon known

as seasonality. An example familiar to New England residents, of course, would be the peaks of flu that occur in the winter. “Variability in seasonal characteristics can provide clues on important factors influencing disease occurrence, exposure, [and] spread.” These environmental factors, when they are within human control, could be a key to disease prevention. Climate change, however, will affect our ability to use these seasonal indicators as the patterns we have come to recognize begin to shift radically.

Naumova further presented statistics on the seasonality of cryptosporidiosis in the United States and the United Kingdom, salmonellosis in the United Status, and rotavirus in India.

She then laid out two studies conducted by some of her students, Dr. Stefan Collinet-Adler, Andrea Brown, Alexandra Kulinkina, and Negin Ashoori. Both studies examined the transmission of infectious diarrhea in 300 urban and rural households in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The first study focused on the role of flies, which can carry pathogens such as norovirus, salmonella, and rotavirus. In the tests conducted, 72% of the flies tested positive for potential human pathogens. The second study used GIS to map ground water quality and distribution systems in Vellore.

Naumova here noted the importance of recognizing the difference between water quality and quantity: the focus of these studies was on quality, for lack of water leads to other severe problems but obviously cannot cause waterborne diseases.

Elena said she is always looking for students who are interested in going abroad and conducting research and will do whatever she can to make that possible!

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