Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy and Ecology

University of Georgia

Athens, GA, US

Feb. 26. The Odum School of Ecology of the University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of environmental policy and ecology. This position will also hold the title of Director of Policy of the UGA River Basin Center (RBC). We welcome candidates who work in any policy area with a connection to water, such as water governance, environmental justice, land use, water quality, climate change, imperiled species, nature-based infrastructure, or coastal issues. The Odum School of Ecology ( is world-renowned for its contributions to ecosystem ecology, disease ecology, and aquatic ecology, among other areas. It maintains vibrant graduate and undergraduate training programs, awarding undergraduate degrees (BS and AB), masters’ degrees (MS in Ecology and MS in Integrative Conservation and Sustainability), and two PhD degrees (PhD in Ecology and PhD in Integrative Conservation). The River Basin Center (RBC;, hosted by the Odum School, serves to connect interdisciplinary water-related research at UGA with management and policy. As co-director, this position will provide leadership to the policy work at the center, enhance connections with other campus units, and attract external grants and contracts.


The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and teach courses in environmental policy. Eligible candidates should have a PhD in ecology, environmental science and management, or a related field, and a track record of publishing peer-reviewed articles commensurate for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates with a PhD in public policy or a related field will be considered if they have the experience or training in biophysical sciences necessary to advise graduate students in ecology; the latter requirement can be met with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a biophysical science or demonstrated publication record in ecological journals. To apply, candidates should submit: (i) cover letter indicating career goals; (ii) curriculum vitae; (iii) statement of research accomplishments and future research goals (2 pages max); (iv) statement of teaching philosophy and experiences regarding instruction and mentoring (2 pages max); (v) statement of philosophy and experiences in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (1 page max); (vi) three reprints of research papers; and (vii) names and contact information (email address and phone) for three references. All applicants who apply by April 1, 2021 will receive full consideration, though the position will remain open until filled. Applications should be submitted to:

Questions can be directed to Dr. Seth Wenger, search committee chair, at [email protected].

The University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the United States, is a land and sea grant institution located in the city of Athens, 70 miles east of Atlanta. It is within an hour driving distance from the North Georgia Mountains and four hours from the Atlantic coast. Athens enjoys a mild climate and yet sees the benefits of the changing seasons. It is known for its high quality of life, a vibrant music scene, excellent restaurants and access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA institution committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact UGA’s human resources department ([email protected]).