Assistant Professor

University of Colorado-Boulder

Boulder, CO, US


The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields.  Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur “Genius Award” winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU-Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

Description of Department/Program:

The Environmental Studies (ENVS) program is a large, dynamic and comprehensive undergraduate degree program in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, with over 700 students. ENVS also has 50 PhD and master’s students along with 30 professional master’s students, and 16 rostered or co-rostered faculty. Our primary strength is interdisciplinary research and education on human-environment interactions, in which we explicitly integrate environmental science, policy, and values.

Overview of Job Duties: 

The Environmental Studies program invites applicants for a junior-level tenure-track position in Natural Resources Policy and Governance, beginning August 21, 2017. We solicit applicants with expertise in natural resources policy and management, with an emphasis on water, energy, land use or another natural resource focal area. This expertise will complement and build upon our existing capacity in climate and environmental policy.   The governance and management of natural resources is a vastly complex and critical area of interest to our students, from the international scale to the western United States. We welcome applicants who use a range of methods for their research, quantitative and qualitative, and who would be able to contribute to the program’s course offerings in social science research methods. The interdependence of decisions that affect the natural environments, such as how to harness energy and secure mineral resources, develop more sustainable food systems, move and allocate water, manage forests and livelihoods, or preserve endangered species and ecosystems, adds to the complexity of creating and implementing sustainable resource policies in the 21st century.  This position will focus on empirical (quantitative, qualitative, or multi-methods) natural resources policy and governance or management research and practice. Successful candidates will have an active research agenda and experience with externally-funded research. We seek a candidate who will advise and teach in policy analysis, natural resource management, or research methods in policy, as well as policy and governance topics relevant to their own research. We also value relevant professional work experience and experience working with partners, stakeholders and practitioners involved in aspects of engagement in the public sphere. A PhD is required.  The Assistant Professor hired for this position will teach classes in natural resources policy (e.g. water, land use, energy) in the undergraduate, graduate and professional master’s programs. The Assistant Professor will have opportunities to forge partnerships with units that have intersecting interests with natural resources policy and governance or management. e.g. Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Communications, Environmental Design, and Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, as well as the Center for the American West and the Law School’s Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment. CU Boulder is at the heart of a nexus of science, policy and technology partners on the Colorado Front Range and there will be many opportunities to engage with the professional community.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

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Minimum Qualifications:

PhD, Environmental Studies or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2016; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To submit/upload applicant materials of large file size over 5 MB, please do so by accessing the following link: Large File Size Uploads for Department HR .     Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy     

Job Category

: Faculty 

Primary Location

: Boulder 

Department: B0001 — Boulder Campus  10169 – Environmental Studies 


: Full-time 

Posting Date

: Sep 12, 2016 

Closing Date

: Ongoing 

Posting Contact Name: Maxwell Boykoff 
Posting Contact Email: [email protected] 
Position Number: 00726393