Assistant Professor, Department of Conservation Social Sciences
The College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences (CSS). The faculty member will contribute to the departmentís interdisciplinary faculty, a diverse group of social scientists with a national and international reputation in teaching, research, and service. We seek a faculty member trained in a social science discipline (including, but not limited to demography, economics, human dimensions of natural resources, wilderness and protected area policy, political science, social psychology, or sociology). A research program that incorporates one or more of the following thematic areas is desirable: consequences of climate change, fisheries management, human dimensions of wildfire, statistical estimation or modeling human behavior in space and time.
The position is approximately 50% research, 40% teaching/advising, and 10% outreach and service.
Research responsibilities: Develop an outstanding externally funded research program that complements existing CSS faculty expertise; develop new research directions for people, protected areas, and public lands; and work in an interdisciplinary setting with other biophysical and social science faculty. We seek someone who is motivated to develop an outstanding program of research and graduate education and an individual who thrives in a team environment.
Teaching responsibilities: 2-3 undergraduate and/or graduate courses per year. Examples might include social science research methods, public involvement, introduction to human dimensions of natural resources, conservation planning and management, or conservation social sciences field studies. The teaching assignment will be negotiated with the department head, but in any case will leave time for research and scholarship.
PhD in a social science or related field awarded by date of hire (preferred start date is January 1, 2014); experience and interests relevant to protected areas and conservation systems (e.g., national parks, forests, conservation areas); ability to compete for external funding; ability to publish in refereed journals; success applying social science to natural resource or protected area management; ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses effectively; skill in verbal and written communication; interest in working across diverse disciplines; strong skills in statistical analysis and interpretation of data; potential to advise undergraduate students and mentor graduate students.
Must: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*
Skills in social science methods and data analysis; ability to build teams and create a collaborative work environment; outreach experience with diverse stakeholder groups; ability to develop cross-campus collaborations and partnerships; familiarity with geospatial analysis; interest in working with student organizations; interest in developing on-line courses.
Contact/Application procedure: To apply online, please visit www.uidaho.edu/human-resources. We request a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.
Closing date for applications: The search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified, but not prior to October 14, 2013.
The Institution: The University of Idaho is the Land Grant institution of Idaho, located in the panhandle of northern Idaho. The CNR has three departments (Fish and Wildlife Sciences; Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences; and Conservation Social Sciences) and offers eight undergraduate degree programs, Master of Natural Resources (professional degree), Master of Science in Natural Resources, and PhD in Natural Resources. The college has 600 undergraduate majors and over 200 graduate students.