Assistant or Associate Professor in Sustainable Business, ESG, and/or Business Ethics

Job no: 495726
Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

Position Summary

The Department of Business Ethics & Legal Studies (BELS) at the University of Denver’s (DU) Daniels College of Business invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in sustainability or related areas, such as ESG, public policy and/or business ethics. This position is open to scholars across all disciplines with sustainability-related expertise and begins on September 1, 2023.

The Department of Business Ethics & Legal Studies (BELS) is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to research, teaching, thought leadership and community engagement in the areas of business ethics, business law and legal compliance, non-market risk and public policy, and sustainable business.  Faculty in the BELS Department teach courses in the College’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, its MBA programs, and in the Department’s graduate CSR certificate and undergraduate business ethics and legal studies minor. The Department strongly supports the Daniels mission to benefit the public good by developing business pioneers through impactful scholarship, challenge-driven education, and lifelong learning.

The Daniels College of Business is one of the largest colleges within the University, with 1,600 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. It offers a variety of majors and minors, including two bachelor’s degrees, four MBA degree programs, six specialized master’s degrees, and an executive PhD program. DU is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion through involvement and participation in university and college-wide projects and initiatives. Daniels is proud to be among the elite business schools nationally and internationally to receive recognition for its graduate and undergraduate programs from U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, Forbes, Princeton Review, Poets & Quants, CEO magazine, etc. The Daniels College of Business is widely recognized for its focus on business ethics. Class sizes typically range from 15 to 30.

Essential Functions

Research and Scholarship

The successful candidate for this position will function effectively as a scholar and teacher in a dynamic, interdisciplinary business school and will complement the expertise of the existing faculty. The specialization is open, but we will give special consideration to scholars who focus on sustainability, broadly construed. Possible areas of focus include but are not limited to environmental/social/governance (ESG) risks, standards, metrics, disclosures and best practices, impact investing, sustainable economic development, and stakeholder participation in policy design, enactment, and assessment. All applicants must have a strong research background and the ability and desire to conduct high quality research. The College and each academic unit maintain lists of target journals. The individuals who fill these positions are expected to publish in high-quality discipline-based journals and high tier business journals, such as those on the UT Dallas and FT-50 lists. Regardless of the academic ranks, all professors are expected to have a strong, impactful, and active research record of publications in high-quality business journals.


The faculty member in this position will be prepared to introduce and teach core courses at the Daniels College of Business’s MBA Programs and elective courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Assistant Professors are required to teach 4 courses throughout the academic year in their first two years. Options for distributing or stacking courses across or within quarters are available depending on the department’s teaching needs (e.g., teaching for 20 weeks). After the first two years, the teaching load increases to 6 courses a year. However, research-active faculty can continue receiving a course release and summer support, which is subject to a competitive peer review process open to all faculty members. Historically, after the first two years, most research active assistant professors received one course release and summer research support until tenure and promotion. Teaching may include subjects such as Creating Sustainable Enterprises; Introductory and/or Advanced Sustainability; Business Ethics & Social Responsibility; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Risk and Compliance; and Corporate Governance. Teaching may also include leading challenge-driven or experiential courses including the Social Good Challenge in the MBA. The ideal candidate would also advise professionals seeking their doctorate through our Executive PhD program. Through teaching, research, and outreach the person in this position will contribute to the growth of the School’s strong record in business ethics and engaged scholarship. 

The Daniels College of Business is a leader in business ethics education and scholarship, with over 1,600 undergraduate students, a challenge-driven MBA program, seven MA programs, and an Executive PhD program. We are deeply committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and particularly seek candidates with research, teaching, service, or life experiences that can contribute to realizing that commitment. Candidates must demonstrate ability to work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations. We also encourage applications from candidates with non-traditional career paths and from international applicants.


Faculty are expected to participate in the vibrant academic life of the BELS Department and the Daniels College of Business.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with a variety of teaching methods.
  • Outstanding teaching skills.
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative, collegial environment.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse communities or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, equity, and access in education.
  • Exceptional abilities in scholarly and/or creative activities are needed as required by the department/center/school/college and position.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in a traditional business discipline or in a business-related field with strong ties to sustainability, including, but not limited to, development, political science, public policy, environmental policy or science, or sociology.
  • The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in business sustainability, relating issues of sustainability to core business functions.
  • High-quality scholarly publications or other evidence of research potential related to business sustainability, as it intersects with core business functions, organizational theory, public policy, or related areas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven track record or evidence of potential for high-caliber research in area(s) of expertise.
  • Proven track record or evidence of excellent teaching, especially to a wide variety of students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to effectively engage diverse populations and learning styles.
  • Relevant industry experience in aspects of sustainable business, ESG or other related areas.
  • The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and/or activities that promote diversity and equal opportunity (examples include, but are not limited to, developing strategies for the educational or professional advancement of students in underrepresented groups or activities such as recruitment, retention, and mentoring/advising of underrepresented students or new faculty.)

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 11:59 p.m. (MST) November 8, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $145,000 – $175,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Up to two writing samples
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Philosophy Statement, with list of courses taught and a summary of teaching evaluation scores
  6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement about applicant’s experience with and commitment to DEI and how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions [] regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity
  7. Names and contact information of three references

The University of Denver (DU), a private university, is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 12,900 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. DU is classified as an R1: Doctoral University – very high research activity as a Doctoral/Research University.

Financial Times Higher Education, U.S. News, and The Princeton Review have consistently ranked DU among the nation’s top 100 universities and among the top three universities in the state of Colorado. The Daniels College is the eighth oldest collegiate business program in the U.S. and has held AACSB accreditation since 1923.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: October 20, 2022 
Applications close: Open until filled