Sunday, August 18, 2019

Environmental Law Faculty Hiring

Editor's note: This post has been updated several times since the original posting.

For the past few years, I’ve written a post listing schools that are interested in hiring tenured or tenure-track environmental law faculty.  This year's list appears below. 

Readers should be aware of a few things about this list.  First, it is limited to tenured, tenure-track, and long-term-contract hiring.  I haven't made an effort to identify visiting positions (though Indiana-Indianapolis is interested).  That's because visiting positions tend to open up later in the academic year.

Second, this list may grow in the next few weeks, and I'll continue updating the post if it does, but it's also likely to remain incomplete.  I've compiled the list by looking at Prawfsblawg's post on entry-level hiring committees and by soliciting input from the environmental law professors' listserve.  There may be interested schools that (a) didn't post their interest on Prawfsblawg; (b) don't have faculty members on the listserve; and/or (c) choose to keep their hiring preferences to themselves.  Strong environmental law candidates therefore may draw interest from schools that aren't listed below.

Third, schools that are interested in environmental law hires are probably also looking at other subject areas.  They may hire in those areas rather than environmental law, and they also may not hire at all.

With those qualifiers, here’s the list:

On Prawfsblawg, Boston University lists environmental law as a secondary area of interest.

Denver is looking to make one or more hires, with areas of interest including environmental and natural resources law (including energy law).

The University of Florida is conducting a search for at least one tenure track environmental law scholar.  It is also looking for a lateral hire, and possibly a second entry level hire. 

Florida International University is searching for an environmental law professor.

Houston is searching for a non-tenure-track environmental law professor.

Kansas is interested in candidates specializing in natural resources law (including water and land use law).

Notre Dame in interested in both lateral and entry-level environmental law candidates.

Oklahoma is searching for an energy/natural resources law professor.

Pace is conducting a search for a new Executive Director of the Pace Energy & Climate Center.

Penn State is searching for an energy and/or environmental law professor to hold a joint appointment at the law school and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

Syracuse is looking for a constitutional law professor, and would welcome applications from candidates interested in teaching constitutional and environmental law.

Texas Tech is interested in entry-level or lateral candidates into teach water, property, and/or environmental law and to head the school's Center for Water Law and Policy.  Tenured lateral candidates could also take an endowed chair in water law.

Tulsa is searching for professors to teach energy and natural resources law.

- Dave Owen

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