Assistant Professor in Watershed Sustainability

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working TitleAssistant Professor in Watershed Sustainability
Position LocationFort Collins, CO
Work LocationPosition is fully in-office/in-person
Posting Number202300037F
Proposed Annual Salary Range$75,000 to $80,000
Employee BenefitsColorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: and
Position TypeFaculty
Work Hours/Week40
Description of Work UnitESS is a department within the Warner College of Natural Resources. The mission of ESS is to understand the function of ecosystems and watersheds across space and over time. We assess ecosystem sustainability by examining interactions within and between natural and human systems in the context of current stresses such as changing climate, species introductions, land-use change, and increased demand for water. The department uses state of the art technologies and approaches to provide quality education to future scientists, educators and decision makers, conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research, and deliver culturally relevant outreach programs that empower our students and the general public locally, nationally, and internationally.Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.
Tenure/Tenure Track?Yes
% Research50%
% Teaching40%
% Service10%
% Administration0%
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on02/27/2023
Number of Vacancies1
Desired Start Date08/16/2023
Position End Date
Position SummaryA new assistant professor in watershed sustainability would be expected to have demonstrated excellence to address issues around freshwater systems in ways that connect society and ecosystem and/or watershed functions. This work should inform efforts to ensure sustainable and equitable access to clean water both in the present and under future climate conditions, and could include, watershed sustainability, water markets and economics, water governance, water law and policy, environmental justice, and urban water systems. The successful candidate will contribute to existing courses in the online graduate water certificate (water resource development, water law for non-lawyers), add water sustainability content to the senior-level capstone class in the Watershed Science and Sustainability majors, and co-develop new courses related to sustainability for the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs focused on ecosystems, water, and food system sustainability.
Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job QualificationsPhD or JD in environmental economics (or other environmental social science), sustainability science, environmental science, environmental law, watershed science, environmental engineering, or other appropriate field,Demonstrated publication record in water sustainability, broadly defined,Commitment to teaching courses in water sustainability.
Preferred Job QualificationsDemonstrated excellence and novel contributions in watershed sustainability science,Intellectual leadership as evidenced by thoughtful publications, and a strong publication record,Evidence of likely success for future grants and/or fellowships,Demonstrated excellence in applying research to sustainability solutions and transdisciplinary, stakeholder-engaged research,Experience in interdisciplinary research across natural sciences, social sciences and/or other fields and sectors,Ability to communicate effectively (listen and explain) with scientists and practitioners from other disciplines,Demonstrated commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in teaching, research, and engagement,Evidence of teaching excellence and experience with curriculum development and pedagogy, especially to develop and teach water sustainability courses that fit the needs of departmental degree programs,Commitment to professional community engagement, leadership, and growth,Preference given to those for which this would be their first faculty position.
Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplication materials consist of the followingCVCover LetterStatement of Research PhilosophyStatement of Teaching PhilosophyStatement of Commitment to Diversity and InclusionTranscriptsNames and contact information for four references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Letters of recommendation will be requested from references of those moving forward to a semifinalist interview.Application materials of finalist candidates, including letters of recommendation, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Ecosystem Science and SustainabilityReferences will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Background Check Policy StatementColorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
EEO StatementColorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.
Diversity StatementReflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Search ContactSteven Fassnacht,

Essential Duties

Job Duty CategoryResearch
Duty/ResponsibilityInquiry that entails collection of data, analysis and interpretation of that data or information.
Percentage Of Time50%
Job Duty CategoryOutreach
Duty/ResponsibilitySharing research results and service to the department, college, university, and beyond.
Percentage Of Time10%
Job Duty CategoryTeaching
Duty/ResponsibilityDeveloping and offering of courses to undergraduate and graduate students.
Percentage Of Time40%

References Requested

Minimum Requested4
Maximum Requested4

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Research Philosophy
  6. Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Optional Documents





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