Andrew J. Senti Endowed Assistant Professorship of Ecosystem Services

Utah State University
Quinney College of Natural Resources
Department of Environment and Society

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Andrew J. Senti Endowed Assistant Professorship of Ecosystem Services

The Department of Environment and Society (ENVS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an endowed, tenure-track faculty position in Ecosystem Services at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a permanent, full-time (nine-month) appointment based at the USU main campus in Logan.  The position is weighted as 50% research, 40% teaching/advising, and 10% service.  The start date is August 1, 2018. The title of the position will change to the Andrew J. Senti Endowed Chair of Ecosystem Services when promotion and tenure to Associate Professor is achieved.

Position Summary:  We seek an innovative, inter-disciplinary scholar with a strong background in human-environment interactions who has interest in policy-relevant work concerning ecosystem services in both managed and natural settings.  Important research applications could include public land management, water systems management, agroecosystem assessments, or sustainable urban development.  A focus on dynamic natural-resource issues relevant to Utah and the Intermountain West is a priority.  Cultural ecosystem services could also be a vital aspect of research given the diverse attributes of outdoor recreation in public spaces.  Other relevant fields for intellectual integration include political ecology and ecological economics.  Analytical tools such as geospatial analysis and systems modeling would be very useful for the types of broad-scaled inquiry that are envisioned.  Successful research program development will also involve recruiting, supporting, and training graduate students.  Teaching will include up to three courses per academic year with  undergraduate and graduate instructional assignments.  Topics may include environmental and natural resource policy, land use, or other offerings within the faculty member’s area of expertise.  Courses may be delivered face-to-face, via distance learning, or in blended formats.  The service component includes participation in professional endeavors on and off campus.  This includes involvement in university governance or supervisory committee assignments and providing assistance to scholarly societies or natural-resource management and policy entities.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates must have an earned doctorate at the date-of-hire in a field relevant to ecosystem services.  They should have a publication record consistent with their career stage, and be able to show the potential to build and maintain a productive research program, including the ability to secure competitive external funding.  Because large-scale research involves interdisciplinary teams, candidates must have the ability and willingness to collaborate effectively, and sometimes lead, on projects involving a diverse array of scholars.  In addition, applied research requires collaboration with governmental and non-governmental groups off campus.  Excellent skills in communication, mentoring, teamwork, problem-solving, and collaborative leadership are required for success.

Preferred Qualifications: The following attributes are not required but are advantageous: postdoctoral research experience; experience conducting relevant work in arid or semi-arid environments; experience working with interdisciplinary research teams; genuine interest in natural-resource management challenges of the Intermountain West; prior teaching experience; and the ability and willingness to offer instruction via distance-education methods.
Utah State University Highlights: USU is a public Land- and Space-grant research, teaching, and Extension institution founded in 1888 (https://www.usu.edu/). The Department of Environment and Society in the Quinney College of Natural Resources conducts research and offers degrees in fields that include ecology, environmental studies, geography, sustainable systems, and recreation resources management (https://qcnr.usu.edu/envs/). Many  opportunities exist for collaboration within the Department, College, and University.

USU has an enrollment of 28,000 that includes 3,280 graduate students.  About 17,900 students are at the main campus in Logan.  Logan offers the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone; the local population is around 115,000 ( http://www.loganutah.org/).  Logan is a 90-minute drive north of Salt Lake City.  Positioned within the scenic mountain landscapes of northern Utah, the region offers many outdoor activities (e.g., biking, hiking, camping, fishing, snow sports) within a few minutes of campus.  Cache Valley is also within a day’s drive of eight national parks, numerous national monuments and state parks, and vast expanses of publicly owned rangeland and forest. USU is classified as a Carnegie research university having high research activity.  Sponsored research awards for USU during 2016 exceeded $240 million with an upward trend, placing it at or near the top of comparisons with peer institutions.  USU has heavily invested in programs to mentor and support junior faculty in grantsmanship and teaching arenas (http://rgs.usu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Faculty-Senate-Report-2016.pdf).

USU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EO) employer, dedicated to recruiting stellar candidates from a diverse pool including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants and offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits.

Candidates should apply at: https://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=2712.

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