The College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track position as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences (CSS). The faculty member will contribute to the college’s interdisciplinary faculty and direct the Park Studies Unit (PSU). Established in 1979, the PSU is one of the oldest continuous social science research programs investigating National Park visitors and is presently expanding its scope to other human dimensions of public lands. CSS and the PSU comprise 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, anthropology, demography, economics, geography, human dimensions of natural resources, public policy, social psychology or sociology).
The position is approximately 65% research, 15% teaching/advising, 10% administration, and 10% outreach and service.
Research responsibilities: Develop an externally funded research program that complements existing CSS faculty expertise, uses existing datasets, and develops new directions for people, protected areas, and public lands research.
Teaching responsibilities: 1-2 undergraduate and/or graduate courses per year.
Service and outreach responsibilities: Provide social science expertise to collaborators, scientists, land managers, and other stakeholders.
Administration responsibilities: Serve as director of the Park Studies Unit, including responsibility for developing, securing funding for, and supervising externally funded research projects. Oversee PSU staff of 8 full-time and a variable number of part-time and student employees. Serve as liaison with the National Park Service Social Science program.
PhD in a social science or related field; experience and interests relevant to national protected area management (e.g., national parks, forests, conservation areas); demonstrated ability to compete for external funding; demonstrated ability to publish research in top-tier refereed journals; success applying social science to natural resource management; ability to teach undergraduate and graduate course effectively; skill in verbal and written communication; ability to work effectively at the national level with various stakeholders, federal agencies and policymakers; interest in working across diverse disciplines; strong skills in statistical analysis and interpretation of data; ability to supervise employees; experience leading research teams; experience interpreting and applying data for policy and management applications.
Desired Qualifications: Ability to manage large integrated social science data bases; skills in qualitative social science methods; ability to build teams and create a collaborative work environment; outreach experience with diverse stakeholder groups; ability to develop cross-campus collaborations and partnerships.
Contact/Application procedure: For a complete description and to apply online, please visit www.uidaho.edu/human-resources
Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Patrick Wilson, Assoc Professor, Department of Conservation Social Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for application: The search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified, but not prior to 5 November 2012
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; Forestry, Rangeland and Fire Sciences; and Conservation Social Sciences, and offers 8 undergraduate degree programs including wildlife, fisheries, and ecology and conservation biology, and the MS, PhD and MNR graduate degrees. There are about 600 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students in the college. The university is located near many terrestrial and aquatic habitats for field research sites, is nationally known for its strong program in wildlife and fish sciences, and has strong working relationships with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Native American tribes.
To enrich education through diversity the University of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.