Associate Professor or Professor

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, US

TitleAssociate Professor or Professor
DepartmentSch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res (2412)
LocationMain Campus
Position Summary

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE; at the University of Arizona (UA) ( seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure-eligible position on coupled human-natural systems, environmental governance, and decision-making. Societies are facing unprecedented environmental challenges to their well-being due to myriad anthropogenic effects on ecosystems including the loss of biodiversity; climate change; over-exploitation of water, wildlife, and other natural resources; invasive species; and habitat fragmentation. As the state’s land-grant institution with integrated research-education-outreach programs, the successful candidate will (1) conduct research that will help us understand and anticipate the nature of these challenges; (2) contribute to collaborative decision-making processes for natural resource governance and policy that spans local to global scales, and natural to social sciences and (3) train diverse scientists, land and wildlife managers, citizens, and decision-makers to address the challenges that confront society and the ecosystems that support us.

The position will be housed in SNRE, which has strong research, teaching and outreach programs in wildlife and fisheries ecology; conservation biology; ecohydrology and watershed management; rangeland ecology, restoration, and management; global change ecology and management; and arid lands research. SNRE is also host to multiple cooperators from both the federal (the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station, the National Park Service Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, the USGS Southwest Climate Science Center, the National Phenology Network) and state (Game and Fish Dept., Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Environmental Quality) agencies. Our cooperative extension personnel have strong connections to landowners throughout Arizona.

Diversity of thought, background, and experience powers our culture of innovation, success, and life-changing discovery. We welcome candidates who have the academic qualifications appropriate for the appointment at the rank of associate or full professor and the ability to work effectively within a broadly diverse community of students and scholars.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, collaborative, and externally funded research program, including publishing and presenting their research to the scientific community, and to work collaboratively with faculty, researchers, and students from around UA and other institutions to promote the mission and vision of making UA an international leader in the coupling of human-natural systems. The successful applicant will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate curricula. We seek an enthusiastic educator who will be responsible for developing and teaching courses that substantively contribute to our Bachelor of Science and our MS and Ph.D. degrees. The applicant is expected to advise and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students in coursework and research and be committed to the promotion and enhancement of the diversity of our students, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in the discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

We seek a candidate with a strong record of research and extramural funding related to environmental governance in diverse disciplines from natural to social sciences. Interdisciplinary research is a fundamental component of the University of Arizona and our School. Accordingly, we seek a candidate with an enthusiastic approach to collaborative research with colleagues within SNRE, other units in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (, the Institute of the Environment (, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (, the James E. Rogers College of Law ( and across campus. The successful candidate is expected to produce a strong record of peer-reviewed and refereed publications in high-impact, indexed journals.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to natural resources, a record of peer-reviewed publications demonstrating high quality research, and evidence of interest and experience in classroom instruction.

RankTo be determined.
Tenure InformationTenure-Eligible (TE)
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Benefits EligibleYes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of PayDOE
Job CategoryFaculty
Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberF20817
Number of VacanciesOne
Desired Start Date08/01/2017
Limited to Current UA EmployeesNo
Contact Information for Candidates

Direct questions about the position to Professor Steve Archer, Chair of the Search Committee ([email protected]) or (520) 626-8791.

Open Date12/21/2016
Close Date 
Open Until FilledYes
Review Begins On02/03/2017
Special Instructions Summary

Applications must include: (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of research and teaching interests, and (iv) names and contact information of 3-5 references. The University of Arizona is committed to supporting a diverse community of scholars. Accordingly, applications must also include (v) a Diversity Statement that addresses how your personal and professional experience and plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please upload the diversity statement under the Writing Sample field. Please also upload two publications that demonstrate your research.

Review of applications will commence February 3, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Start date is negotiable.

Direct questions about the position to Professor Steve Archer, Chair of the Search Committee ([email protected]) or (520) 626-8791.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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