U of I seeks Assistant Professor of Social Dimensions of the Environment- Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Assistant Professor of Social Dimensions of the Environment- Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign (https://nres.illinois.edu), invites candidates to apply for a 9-month, tenure-track, 60% research/40% teaching Assistant Professor of Social Dimensions of the Environment.

We seek candidates using innovative approaches to advance knowledge of the relationship between equity, on the one hand, and on the other, environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, water, pollution, and other natural resource uses.  The successful candidate will be expected to work at the nexus of equity, environment, and social and/or legal processes or outcomes.  Working within this nexus may include the social causes and consequences of environmental inequities, the interactions between social or legal institutions and environmental justice, or the impacts of injustice on environmental outcomes. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise relevant to the United States and the Midwest in particular. Other desirable attributes include an analytical focus at the level of institutions, societal structures, and organizations; expertise in the health effects of environmental injustice; and/or expertise in the impacts of differential access to natural resources. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated potential for conducting research grounded in both theory and application, excellence in teaching and advising, and experience working as part of interdisciplinary teams including social and natural scientists.   A Ph.D. or J.D. in an appropriate field is required at the time of the appointment.

The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and train graduate students, teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels, develop a course based on the incumbent’s area of expertise and consistent with the curriculum needs of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, secure extramural funding, and publish regularly in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.

To apply, create your candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu/ and submit the following application materials:  Letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, up to three representative publications, statement of teaching and research interests, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references.  To receive full consideration, all requested application material must be submitted via the online system by the close date of October 27, 2017.  Applicants are highly encouraged to submit applications early to ensure letters of reference may be requested and received in a timely manner as interviews are planned to begin in early December 2017. The start date is Aug. 16, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary unit that brings biological, physical, and social scientists together to identify, teach and communicate solutions for the sustainability of urban, managed, and natural ecosystems from local to global scales.  It is situated within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world’s leading public research universities, and provides an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with other top-notch scholars and researchers across the science, as well as in law, urban planning, agriculture, and medicine.

Champaign-Urbana combines natural Midwestern beauty with cultural resources typically found in larger metropolitan areas.  The community retains the charm, friendliness, safety and affordability of smaller communities.  The downtown areas provide vibrant public spaces with unique dining and entertainment options.  The community also offers a thriving arts and culture atmosphere as well as varsity and community sports.  Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy 80 parks within the two communities with easy access to three major forest preserves in Champaign County (see www.visitchampaigncounty.org for additional information.  For additional information regarding the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of ACES, please see our website at http://nres.illinois.edu .

Inquiries should be directed to: Cynthia McCullough, CRA, Business Administrative/Associate at nres-hr@illinois.edu, or 217-244-5549

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

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College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of Social Dimensions of the Environment – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (F1700145)
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