Associate Professor of Professional Practice/Professor of Professional Practice in Sustainability Management


The School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Columbia University invites applications for full-time positions at Associate Professor of Professional Practice/Professor of Professional Practice to teach in the MS Program in Sustainability Management. The degree prepares graduates to transform how organizations do business by formulating and implementing sustainability strategies.

This position will begin on July 1, 2023. This is a full-time appointment with a multi-year renewal contingent on a successful review.

We seek high-quality candidates with a graduate degree in sustainability management, sustainable development, economics, education, political science, business, finance, law, environmental sciences or other disciplines directly related to sustainability management. This can include political science, education, management, sociology, economics, engineering, ecology or environmental science. 

Experience mentoring students on consulting projects, where students solve real-world sustainability-related problems with public and private sector clients, is a plus. The ability to form partnerships and collaborations with public, private, and nonprofit organizations to develop applied research and foster entrepreneurial ideas is also welcome. International experience is preferred.  Experience teaching masters students in professional degree programs is also preferred.  

This position will involve regular teaching in the program’s highly flexible curriculum.

The successful candidate will teach courses related to Sustainability Management in one or more of the following areas: integrative sustainability management, economics and quantitative analysis, physical dimensions of sustainability, public policy and sustainability, physical dimensions of sustainability, and general and financial management.  The Associate Professor of Professional Practice/Professor of Professional Practice will also participate in instructional design, student mentoring, career development and overall development of the Sustainability Management program.


All applicants must have a BA/BS. Applicants with a doctoral or terminal degree in sustainability management or other related disciplines (listed above) are strongly preferred. 

Candidates at the rank of Associate Professor of Professional Practice are expected to have teaching experience, documented evidence of excellence, and evidence of professional growth and activity in the given field.

Candidates at the rank of Professor of Professional Practice are expected to have substantial experience and accomplishments, and a superlative record of teaching or deep experience as a highly regarded communicator, and documented evidence of excellence in carrying out administrative or other department responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  1. Hold a doctoral degree in sustainability management or other related disciplines. 

  2. Possess over five years of professional practice in an applied organizational setting, including leadership roles directing departments or organizations. 

  3. Have experience in applied research in the field of sustainability management or other related disciplines. 

  4. Have a record of publication in sustainability management, sustainability metrics, or sustainable finance.

  5. Exhibit a commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, instructional design, and professional practice and/or scholarship. 

  6. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the classroom and professional practice.

Application Instructions

Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 18, 2022 to receive full consideration, although application review will begin immediately.  

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing Sample(s)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation (solicited from a list of references provided)
  • Teaching Evaluations
  • Research Abstract (optional)
  • Publication(s) (optional) 
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  • Application deadline: Nov 18, 2022
  • Columbia University
  • School of Professional Studies
  • New York City, USA
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