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Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor of Environmental Studies, Natural Science

Apply now Job no: 529965
Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Natural Science, Social Science, Environmental Studies, Earth Science, Geography

Department: Environmental Studies Program
Rank: Open rank
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

November 1, 2022; position open until filled

Required Application Materials

Current CV
Research Statement - 2 page limit
Teaching Statement - 2 page limit
Statement of Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion - 1 page limit
Contact Information for at least three references

In your DEI statement, please address the following: (1) Your understanding of inequities in academia faced by historically under-represented or disadvantaged groups, (2) Evidence of successful research, mentoring, teaching, or outreach aimed to reduce barriers for under-represented or disadvantaged groups, and (3) specific plans for how you could contribute to our goal to create a diverse and inclusive community through current campus programs or new activities, or through national or off-campus activities

Position Announcement

We seek an interdisciplinary environmental natural scientist (open rank) with expertise in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Successful candidates will have a strong record of collaborative research focused on climate change related challenges such as land-use or ecosystem change, wildfire, water resources and drought, and extreme weather. We are open to candidates who work at any social-ecological scale(s) and in any social-ecological system. Research areas should be directly relevant for underrepresented and vulnerable communities, broadly defined. These topics could be approached through the lenses of environmental science, coupled socio-ecological systems, or mitigation of climate impact on people and ecosystems systems. We are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to collaborative scholarship and leading transdisciplinary research teams at the UO and beyond that include biophysical, social scientists, and humanists to conduct innovative research with potential for societal impact. We seek candidates who engage in teaching that addresses current climate-related issues, that offers innovative and inclusive pedagogy, and/or that links to existing ENVS experiential learning, such as the Environmental Leadership Program.

This position is part of an eleven-position cluster in transdisciplinary research and teaching in climate solutions and environmental justice.

More information about the Environmental Studies Program can be found at: https://cas.uoregon.edu/envs

To learn more about the UO’s Environmental Initiative, visit https://environment.uoregon.edu/

To learn more about job opportunities at the UO, visit https://hr.uoregon.edu/jobs

Department or Program Summary

The Environmental Studies Program includes faculty and students from across the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional schools. Environmental Studies has successful PhD and Master’s degree programs and offers popular undergraduate majors. The Program encourages interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching addressing all aspects of socio-ecological relationships.

This position will be integrated with the newly formed Environment Initiative, an area of strategic investment at the University of Oregon (https://environment.uoregon.edu/). The Environment Initiative focuses the intellectual energy and work of faculty, students, and community partners on efforts to create a just and livable future through transdisciplinary research, teaching, and experiential learning.

The Environmental Studies Program relies on the expertise, sensitivity, and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

More information about the Environmental Studies Program can be found at: https://cas.uoregon.edu/envs

Minimum Requirements

Minimum requirements at the time of appointment include completion of a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in any field related to climate impacts on people and ecosystems, including but not limited to geosciences, geography, natural resources, and biology.

About the University

University of Oregon is located in Kalapuya ilihi, the homelands of Kalapuyan peoples who were forcefully removed by the US government in the 1850s. Their descendants today are predominantly citizens of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they maintain active ties to this region and our campus. Like every state, Oregon has a history replete with racism against people of color, as well as a history of resistance and complications that we continue to work through and teach about as we strive to create a better future.

The University of Oregon has a student population of 22,298 undergraduate and graduate students. Of these, 32% are students of color. The university makes institutional commitments to diversity and actively supports its goal with resources such as the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, the Black Cultural Center, the Many Nations Longhouse, the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Multicultural Center, and the Division of Equity and Inclusion, among other initiatives.

Located 110 miles south of Portland, the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area (pop. 250,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. We are an hour's drive from the Pacific coast to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. The University is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-12 conference.


University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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