Presidential Chair in Water Resources & Food Systems Sustainability; Assoc/Full Prof

University of California-Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA, United States 🇺🇸


The Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenured faculty position, who will also be the inaugural appointee as the Stephen R. Gliessman Presidential Chair in Water Resources and Food Systems Sustainability. We seek applicants with expertise in water and agroecology/sustainable agriculture, and interests in current and future challenges facing the intersection among water resources, agriculture, food security and other environmental issues. We are interested in nationally and internationally known scholars with demonstrated leadership in exploring the dynamic linkages between agrofood systems and surface and/or groundwater resources at the landscape or watershed scales.

The Department of Environmental Studies comprises social and natural scientists committed to cross-disciplinary collaboration. The candidate will work at the intersection of physical, agroecological, and social sciences. We seek candidates to complement existing strengths in agroecology, water policy, conservation, environmental risk, sustainable development, and political economy. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of working with interdisciplinary teams on environmental problem solving. We seek scholars who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

RANK: Associate or Full Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree, and demonstrated experience in each of the following areas: research, university-level teaching, and service.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2017, with academic year beginning September 2017.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system and must include a letter of application discussing research agendas, teaching interests, and service experience; curriculum vitae; 1-3 publications; names and contact information for three references; and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. All materials must be submitted as PDF files. The search committee will inform applicants when letters of reference are requested for those applicants selected for further review.*

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*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2016.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2017.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.
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