Faculty Position in Water Policy, Politics and Planning

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI, US

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan (UM) seeks applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Water Policy, Politics and Planning. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental policy or planning, political science, public policy, water resource management, or a closely related discipline, or a J.D. in environmental law with a demonstrated record of scholarly research.

The focus of the proposed position is on water policy and collective decision-making processes that enable sustainable resource management. Preference will be given to candidates that understand water systems and policy interventions worldwide but have a particular depth in North American policy, institutions and politics. Candidates should be knowledgeable about political behavior and dynamics; emphasis could focus on federal, regional, state, local or collaborative decision making and governance.

SEAS’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable and just society. The School contributes new scientific knowledge, visionary leadership, and trained professionals toward that end. The faculty of the School is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collaboratively in an integrative setting. A professional school set within a major research university, SEAS provides a model of interdisciplinary and applied research and a focal point of research, teaching and societal engagement on sustainability. Recently renamed with an expanded mission, the School is hiring six new faculty during 2018. The School focuses on key cross-cutting sustainability themes, including climate and energy; water; food, land use and agriculture; conservation and restoration; and cities, the built environment, and mobility. This position will contribute to cross‐School thematic depth in water resources and their management.

The School offers a Ph.D. as well as both research and professional M.S. degrees in six fields of study: conservation ecology; geospatial data science; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; and environmental justice. The School also offers a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) and a cross-campus undergraduate program in the environment. The student body includes over 350 M.S./M.L.A. and 60 doctoral students. SEAS also participates in dual degree programs with the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business, Engineering, Law, Public Health, and Public Policy. Additional information about the School can be found at www.seas.umich.edu.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. Develop a widely recognized research program that attracts external funding and contributes to the interdisciplinary mission of the School;
  2. Support SEAS’s teaching mission at both graduate and undergraduate levels, including mentoring and supervising doctoral and master’s students;
  3. Contribute to the stewardship of SEAS, the University, relevant professions and society through service, collaboration and engagement.

The position will be filled at the assistant professor (tenure-track) level.

Water Policy Politics and Planning position description rev (3) June 14, 2018

Applications should include (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) a concise personal statement describing your vision and plans for research, teaching and societal engagement; (4) a one-page statement on how you have or plan to contribute to diversity efforts, and (5) a list of three academic references with contact information.

To apply, submit application materials (in a single PDF file), via the following web address: http://seas.umich.edu/employment. For assistance or further information, you may contact [email protected].

Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. SEAS hopes to appoint a faculty member to this position to begin Fall 2019.

At SEAS we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.