Monday, December 10, 2012


EMPLOYMENT: University of Michigan Position on Sustainability & Human Behavior

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. The position is part of a cluster of hires in the area of sustainability and human behavior, with a particular focus on the conditions that lead individuals, organizations, communities, and other social agents to participate in environmentally sustainable behavior and to enhance sustainability. Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of  interdisciplinary research in domestic and/or international arenas with grounding in the social and behavioral dimensions of sustainability.

Applications are invited from candidates with expertise in one or more of the broad array of social and behavioral sciences, and allied professional fields including anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, geography and related disciplines such as business, landscape architecture, public policy, environmental sciences, social work, law, and public health. Evidence of research in empirical (including experimental) social and behavioral sciences, risk analysis, common-pool resources, and/or decision-making under uncertainty is desirable, as is the ability to work collaboratively with diverse faculty employing a broad range of analytical approaches.

In addition to strong disciplinary training and perspective, we seek candidates with interest in integrating knowledge from multiple academic domains. The position, one of a cluster of three across the University of Michigan, is inherently interdisciplinary. It brings together new and existing faculty in cross-disciplinary teaching and research efforts on the relationships among human actions, behaviors, and sustainability. In addition to the SNRE position, the cluster includes the Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. This cluster hiring effort is intended to broaden and deepen the University’s commitment to research and teaching in the area of sustainability. A successful candidate will help build greater cohesion and capability among the large and diverse UM faculty and students interested in this field. Thus, candidates should possess the interest, skills, and temperament to interact effectively with other researchers.

A successful candidate is expected to:

  1. Develop and sustain a nationally recognized research program that attracts external funding while contributing to the interdisciplinary problem-focused mission of SNRE;
  2. Teach, mentor and supervise highly motivated doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students;
  3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary faculty within SNRE and across the university; and
  4. Contribute through service to the stewardship of SNRE, the University of Michigan, and relevant professions.

SNRE’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Our faculty is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, designers, and planners working together in a vibrant integrative setting. The School offers a professional master’s degree in six fields of study: conservation ecology; environmental informatics; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; and environmental justice. It also includes a Landscape Architecture program that offers a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. In addition, SNRE participates in multiple cross-campus degree programs, including an undergraduate Program in the Environment and dual degrees with other UM units in urban and regional planning, business, engineering, law, and public health. The SNRE student body comprises more than 400 master’s and 60 doctoral students. 

This full-time, 9-month faculty appointment commences on September 1, 2013. Review of applications begins on December 15, 2012, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. The following application materials should be sent in PDF format to a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a writing sample; statement of current and future research plans; statement of teaching philosophy and experience; and three letters of recommendation.

Deadline: open

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