Assistant Professor of Water Policy, Politics and/or Planning

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, US

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 16th, 2016
Last review date: November 15th, 2016
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: January 31st, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Assistant Professor of Water Policy, Politics and/or Planning
University of California, Santa Barbara – Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invites applications to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of water policy, politics, and/or planning in fall of the 2017-18 Academic Year.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline in the policy, social or biophysical sciences. The specific area of expertise is open, but candidates’ research must focus on water issues, broadly conceived, in the United States or abroad, and should demonstrate a specialization in water policy, politics, and/or planning. Preferred candidates will have interdisciplinary training in the biophysical and policy aspects of water, a promising record of scholarly achievement, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentorship, and an interest in research that can be applied in non-academic settings.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a leading research program, will teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses on water and water policy, will contribute to the undergraduate Hydrologic Sciences and Policy major within the ES Program, and will train graduate students through an affiliation with one or more other UCSB departments.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, vita, research and teaching statements, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded directly. All materials should be submitted to the Water Policy, Politics and Planning Search Committee at UC Recruit, at

For full consideration, application materials should be submitted no later than November 15, 2016. A first round of Skype interviews will occur in January 2017. Finalists will be invited to campus based on the outcome of first round interviews. Finalists should be prepared to submit evidence of teaching excellence, including student evaluations. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Simone Pulver [email protected].

UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that was founded in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It has maintained a position of national leadership since then, graduating over 6000 students. The program has a longstanding commitment to integrative research and teaching, and interdisciplinary balance among biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied professions. For more information, please see

The Program is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through interdisciplinary research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA



  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Interest

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)

  • Optional/Additional Information (Optional)


3 letters of reference required