Assistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$70,000 - $75,000
01 Dec 2016
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources contributes to informed decision making and a broad based understanding of the ways in which humans’ value, use, and depend on the natural environment.

Position Summary

This position is a new resident instruction, on-campus faculty member to support the department’s instructional delivery and scholarly research. The position will be filled by an individual who can contribute to understanding about increasing the adaptive capacity of society to the growing alterations in the world’s ecosystems. This includes understanding of how society has evolved in adaptation to the environment, what psychological forces dictate human behavior, what is the role of groups and organizations in effecting change, equity and inclusion of multiple perspectives, and how social innovation can contribute to social-ecological resilience. The candidate should demonstrate excellency in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. The successful candidate is anticipated to teach 3-4 classes annually and participate in department efforts to periodically evaluate and re-design curriculum in the undergraduate major in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Required Job Qualifications

1) An earned Ph.D. in a social science field by appointment start date of August 16, 2017 related to the description above, with demonstrated application of their discipline to human dimensions of natural resources.
2) Commitment to teaching excellence and positive student engagement in the department’s undergraduate and/or graduate teaching program
3) Demonstrated potential to sustain an excellent publication record
4) Demonstrated potential to develop and sustain an external research funding program
5) Demonstrate commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within their respective discipline
6) Experience engaging with conservation practitioners and agency partners

Preferred Job Qualifications

1) Previous experience teaching and/or mentoring students
2) Track record of publishing in peer-reviewed publications
3) Track record of participating in development of external funding proposals
4) Potential to establish partnerships with domestic conservation initiatives and/or land management agencies and organizations
5) Training in research methodology including mixed methods approaches to conservation

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of the following:
Cover letter that addresses the vision for how to integrate with existing programs and expertise in the Department.
Statement of teaching philosophy and research interests (Please submit as one document and upload into the “other category”.
Names and contact information of four references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Application materials for Finalists will be made available to the Faculty of the HDNR Department (including Cover letter, CV, Statement of teaching philosophy and research interests).

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Establish a recognized program of externally funded research, including support for graduate students; collaborate with members of the department, college, and university, and agency or similar practitioner partners; consistent output of publishing in peer-reviewed publications.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teach 3-4 (depending on class size) courses annually that support the department’s undergraduate and/or graduate teaching; provide mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students; participate in departmental curricular-related committees and/or discussions.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Service/Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Participate in Department and/or University and external service; perform service and outreach activities to the university and the broader community including managers/practitioners; participate in discipline-based professional organizations, and/or; conduct outreach to the public to enhance literacy of conservation issues.