Assistant/Associate Professor in Human Dimensions of Coupled Natural-Human Systems


University of Arizona


Monday, April 10, 2017

Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Assistant/Associate Professor 
Human Dimensions of Coupled Natural-Human Systems

School of Natural Resources and the Environment College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE; at the University of Arizona (UA) ( seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure- eligible position emphasizing the human dimension and decision making of coupled natural- human systems. 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 in arid and semi-arid settings; (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.

Context: SNRE 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 land resources. 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 diverse candidates who have the academic qualifications appropriate for the appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor and the ability to work effectively within a broadly diverse community of students and scholars.

Research: The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, collaborative, and externally funded research program that engages 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 and with other institutions. The successful candidate is expected to produce a strong record of peer-reviewed and refereed publications and to promote the mission and vision of making UA an international leader in coupled natural-human systems.

Teaching: 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, emphasizing the human dimensions of wildlife & fisheries ecology, conservation


biology and rangeland ecology. The candidate 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.

Benefits: 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; and access to UA recreation and cultural activities (see

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Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to natural resources, a record of peer-reviewed publications demonstrating high quality research, evidence of interest and experience in classroom instruction, a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and a willingness to work in arid and semi-arid systems.

Application: Interested applicants should submit an application packet electronically via for posting number F20894. Complete 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.

Review of applications will commence April 10, 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 ( or (520) 626-8791.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (

Contact Name

Professor Steve Archer

Contact Phone

+1 520-626-8791

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