Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies @ Harvard University Center for the Environment

Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies


The Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) concentration seeks qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) in the ESPP program, housed administratively at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE). The ADUS will report to the ESPP Head Tutor and an interdisciplinary faculty ESPP Board of Tutors and work closely with them to provide academic leadership for the concentration and create a rigorous intellectual environment for engaging students at the intersection of environmental science and public policy.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Provide academic advising and mentorship to admitted Harvard students, pre- concentrators, and concentrators, and monitor student progress toward degree. Match student thesis writers with faculty advisors; identify potential problems in the thesis-writing process; help keep students on track to complete the thesis. Manage the senior capstone and thesis courses; meet regularly with students to identify issues with progress and advising. Advise ESPP and Energy & Environment secondary field students and lead discussions for their colloquium requirement.

In coordination with the Office of Career Services and other relevant offices at Harvard College, support current students in their pursuit of undergraduate research opportunities, internships, and full-time post-graduate positions after graduation. Act as a conduit to faculty to help students engage in meaningful research experiences at Harvard. Engage with students in settings outside of the classroom related to ESPP content: informal discussions after talks, field trips, journal clubs, etc. Help identify speakers for events. Represent ESPP at information/student recruiting events.

Assist with curriculum and course development, course planning, and curriculum assessment. Teach or co-teach in ESPP depending on the needs of the concentration in a given academic year and subject to the approval of the Board of Tutors.

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. in an environmental field (science or social sciences) with significant involvement—minimum of three years of relevant experience—in the environmental policy realm including the government, for-profit, and non- profit sectors.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Documented ability to teach effectively and engage with undergraduate students; a strong commitment to education and mentoring, experience with advising and course/program development and commitment and enthusiasm for research and pedagogy in research methods; and excellent communication skills.

How to Apply

  • To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter and resume/CV online through Harvard Careers at this link:
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation, including at least one that addresses teaching ability, titles of potential courses to be offered and a sample course syllabus for at least one of these.
  • The concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical, and ethical dimensions.
  • For any questions, please contact James Clem, Managing Director at HUCE:


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States




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