Goodnight Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability and Director of Coastal Resilience

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Details

Posting NumberPG191278EP
Internal RecruitmentNo
Working TitleGoodnight Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability and Director of Coastal Resilience
Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with Experience
Work ScheduleVaries; dependent on the needs of the department and courses taught
Job LocationRaleigh, NC
DepartmentCollege of Natural Resources
About the DepartmentFounded in 1929, the College of Natural Resources educates tomorrow’s leaders and professionals working to address global challenges in natural resources management, sustainable manufacturing, and healthy and resilient communities. Award-winning faculty and staff work side-by-side with students to generate new knowledge and technology, leverage interdisciplinary partnerships, and strengthen both industries and communities. The College maintains a tradition of excellence in education, research, and extension and outreach, and aims to build on NC State’s land-grant mission of creating economic, social and intellectual prosperity. 

The College’s 235 faculty and staff educate approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 435 graduate students per year in three academic departments: Forest Biomaterials; Forestry and Environmental Resources; and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. The Center for Geospatial Analytics also administers graduate programs. Overall, the College offers 10bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees, four distance education master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees. 

The College is a close-knit diverse and inclusive community where students enjoy reduced class size and direct access to faculty and staff support from application to graduation. Faculty and staff work to ensure that all graduates leave campus career ready. 100 percent of students in the College graduate with hands-on experience through internships, co-ops, in-the-field summer programs, or study abroad. 

The College’s outreach, extension and continuing education programs and. services spread knowledge throughout the state and the nation. Distance education, certificate programs, workshops and short courses are delivered to thousands of professionals each year. Because of these efforts, more than 100 county extension agents funnel forestry and tourism programming and resources to the communities that need them.

The interdisciplinary Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative at NC State is bringing together faculty from all ten academic colleges to do engaged work to address the challenges of climate change, resilience, and sustainability in the coastal zone.  You can learn more about the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative here:

The world is unprepared for the challenge of climate change, and in many ways, North Carolina is at the epicenter of this challenge. NC State University has internationally recognized expertise in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and technology, and a long and vibrant history of sustained engagement with communities, businesses, and policy-makers at all levels. Working together, NC State has an unprecedented opportunity to develop a clearer understanding of the forces that are reshaping our state and our world, and to create solutions to address them.  
Six thematic areas are currently the focus of activities: (1) sustainable agriculture, forestry and natural resource-based economies, (2) water quantity and quality in the coastal zone, (3) sustainable energy and innovations in technology, (4) coupled human and natural systems, (5) mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity, and (6) education at NC State and beyond. 
Essential Job DutiesThe Opportunity:
NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources, and Director of the campus-wide Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative. The university seeks a visionary leader and interdisciplinary scholar with demonstrated success and impact, who is internationally recognized as one of the best in the growing areas of resilience or sustainability science.

The Position:
 The Goodnight Distinguished Professor and Director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative must be an experienced, innovative, creative and collaborative leader who has excelled in engaged, interdisciplinary and convergent team research to address the grand challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the coastal plain.  The successful candidate will have an exemplary record of working across disciplinary boundaries, thinking holistically about socio-ecological systems, and building successful teams that have included faculty and external partners in a variety of sponsored research endeavors.   
The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will be appointed in one of the three departments of the College of Natural Resources (whichever is most appropriate to their background), but will be expected to engage with faculty across the campus to lead and conduct problem oriented, interdisciplinary and engaged research. The Director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and these duties constitute 50% of the appointment. 
The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will have the following responsibilities:  Teach one course per year in area of focus that enhances the curricula of the College of Natural Resources;Advise and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellow towards successful careers, as evidenced by publication of jointly authored research articles in peer-reviewed journals and other products;Build and maintain an internationally competitive sponsored research program to support your endeavors; Be an active presence in the department, college, university, and appropriate professional communities; 
The Director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative has the following responsibilities: Provide strong leadership and strategic direction for the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative, which currently includes over 200 faculty from all 10 Colleges at NC State; Foster and facilitate high-impact interdisciplinary collaboration across the University and with other academic institutions in the region and beyond;Build relationships and partnerships with public and private entities outside the University, including the State of NC, the communities of eastern NC, businesses, agricultural, forestry, and other natural resource constituencies, and not-for-profit organizations; Regularly meet and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify needs and follows up on progress towards agreed-upon goals and projects;Lead and support the development of sponsored research proposals that elevate the reputation of the University and contribute to solutions of the grand challenges of climate change, coastal resilience and sustainability.
Other ResponsibilitiesIn addition to teaching responsibilities, 50% of your time will be dedicated to responsibilities as Coordinator of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability as directed by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
Minimum Education and Experience A terminal degree in their field and qualifications for appointment as a distinguished full professor with tenure in at least one of the departments within the College. A distinguished professor must have achieved recognition and distinction well above the criteria for full professor.
Other Required QualificationsThe successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualities or experience: A distinguished record in research, teaching, and engagement; as documented by high achievement in all three areas;Ability to play a catalytic role in building the research and engagement portfolio of the campus in Coastal Resilience and Sustainability, as evidenced by a track record of team research as both participant and leader;A talent for, and evidence of working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, university administration, and other constituent groups and partners both within and outside the university; Demonstrated success in community engagement, including co-production of research questions and results that address multiple needs; Outstanding communication skills, including interpersonal, written, verbal, presentation and listening capabilities; A commitment to educating students who enter the university through diverse pathways, fostering a healthy and respectful community, and recruiting and supporting diverse faculty, staff, and students 
Preferred Qualificationsn/a
Required License(s) or Certification(s)n/a
Valid NC Driver’s License requiredNo
Commercial Driver’s License requiredNo
Job Open Date10/12/2021
Anticipated Close DateOpen until filled.
Special Instructions to ApplicantsCandidates should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names and contact information of four references, including one from an external partner (these references will not be contacted without your knowledge and approval).  The CV should begin with a short narrative statement (no more than one page) that succinctly highlights the novelty, significance and international impact of the achievements that follow, including specific references to high impact articles, significant external grant success, key invited presentations, and substantial engagement with community or other external partners. 

Candidates must also include a separate short future-oriented research statement that (1) outlines the work you would undertake as the Goodnight Distinguished Professor, and (2) shares your initial vision of what the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative could grow to become under your leadership. 

Finally, include a short statement that documents your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), articulating what these concepts mean to you, and how you have encouraged or promoted DEI in your professional career.  Please upload as other document (1).

Confidential review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and will continue until until the position is filled.  General inquiries and nominations can be sent directly to NC State Executive Search Services: Frank Barragan, at (919) 515-4365 or [email protected] or Justin Lang, at (919) 513-1963 or [email protected]
Position Number00000011
Position TypeTenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)1.0
Appointment9 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation – Adverse WeatherNon Mandatory – Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation – Emergency EventsNon Mandatory – Emergency Event
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?No
Department ID150401 – For & Envir Res Acad Research
AA/EEONC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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Application Materials Required

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Research Statement
  5. Other Document (1)

Optional Documents