Job ID: 150715

Department Head, Sustainability

Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Dec. 7, 2020
  • Department Head, Sustainability
  • Golisano Institute for Sustainability
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rochester, NY
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry

Department Head, Sustainability


Golisano Institute for Sustainability

GIS Sustainability

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenured

Faculty Discipline: Environmental Sustainability, Health & Safety, Engineering, Policy, Environmental Science

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor, Professor

Employment Category: Fulltime

Anticipated Start Date: 01-Jul-2021

Department/College Description

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology is a leader in sustainability education and research. The Institute is currently staffed by seven academic faculty, seven research faculty, and over 60 professional staff scientists, engineers and administrative support personnel. Degrees offered include Master of Architecture, M.S. in Sustainable Systems, and Ph.D. in Sustainability. These programs are led by multidisciplinary faculty who collaborate with organizations locally, nationally, and internationally to create solutions to complex sustainability challenges. GIS also recognizes and is committed to the value of a diverse graduate student community, with strong recruitment and enrollment of female and underrepresented students. The flagship of GIS is the LEED platinum-certified Sustainability Hall, a $38 million, 84,000 ft2 facility dedicated to the GIS academic program. The building serves as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach, and provides a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design. It incorporates a smart microgrid and a variety of sustainable technologies, including a 400 kW phosphoric acid fuel cell, 40 kW photovoltaic array, geothermal wells, and a green roof with rainwater harvesting. Additional information can be found at

Detailed Job Description

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) invites applications for a tenured position of Sustainability Department Head at the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Sustainability.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be leadership and administration of the Sustainability Department. These responsibilities include representing the program to internal and external audiences, supporting the education and research activities of approximately 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students, overseeing the academic faculty, managing the department budget, and contributing to strategic planning with the Institute for Sustainability leadership team. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of and commitment to academic or professional service and leadership and a strong desire to focus on leading, growing, and promoting the Sustainability Department.

The Department Head will maintain an active research program. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record in securing external funding, mentoring M.S. and Ph.D. students, and publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly research. Preferred research areas include sustainable manufacturing; recycling; food, energy, water systems; and urban systems and the built environment. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will have a research record or trajectory that complements but does not significantly overlap the research thrusts of current Sustainability faculty.

The Department Head will teach one graduate core course each year. Core courses include Fundamentals of Sustainability Science, Industrial Ecology, Risk Analysis, Economics of Sustainability, and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrated potential for academic leadership and administration
  • A strong scholarly agenda and record of collaborative scholarly research related to sustainability, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding for research.
  • Ability to advise graduate students and excel at graduate-level teaching.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the colleges commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level


How To Apply

Apply online at Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • Statement that addresses specific interest in and relevant experience for the role of department chair;
  • Research statement summarizing past research record and expected future research at GIS;
  • Teaching statement summarizing past graduate teaching and advising experience and teaching interests at GIS;
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement, including examples of past efforts to foster diversity and expected efforts to support GIS commitment to recruit, mentor, and retain students and faculty from diverse backgrounds;
  • Names and contact information of three references the committee can approach, ideally including individuals that can speak to leadership ability/potential.

Please send any questions to the search committee chair, Prof. Callie Babbitt at

The review of applications will begin January 18, 2021 and continue until acceptable candidates have been identified.

Additional Details

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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Contact Information

  • Golisano Institute for Sustainability
    Rochester Institute of Technology

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