Utah State University Modeling Position

Utah State University
Quinney College of Natural Resources
Department of Environment and Society

Assistant Professor, Human-Environment Systems

The Department of Environment and Society (EnvS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with expertise in modeling of human-environment systems.   This is permanent, full-time (nine-month) position based at the USU main campus in Logan. The relative emphasis for the position is 50%  research,  45%  teaching/advising,  and  5%  service.  The  position  will  start  during August, 2015.

Position  Summary:  The  successful  candidate  must  have  a   strong  conceptual  and theoretical background in social-ecological systems as well as proven skills in geospatial analytics, simulation modeling, Geographic Information Systems, and associated quantitative methods. Focal points for research include analysis of interactions between socio-economic and environmental processes at community, societal, landscape, regional, or global scales. Policy-relevant work concerning natural resource management, ecosystem services, global change, energy, or transportation networks would interface well with the collaborative interests of EnvS faculty. Teaching would include up to three courses per academic year. Courses would be taught at both undergraduate  and graduate levels. Topics may include Intro or Advanced GIS, Geovisualization, Landscape Analysis, Human-environment Geography, and Geospatial Social-Ecological Modeling. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, via distance learning, or in a blended format. Service includes participation in faculty duties on campus as well as professional involvements off-campus.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates must have an earned doctorate at the date-of-hire in social science, geography, environmental science, or a related field. They also should have a publication record consistent with their career stage, and be able to show the potential to build and maintain a productive research program, including the ability to secure competitive external funding. Candidates must also have the ability to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary academic setting that can include stakeholders such as government agencies and private sector entities.

Preferred Qualifications:  Prior teaching experience is welcomed. Experience with or the desire to learn about distance-education course delivery is advantageous.

Academic and Professional Setting:  USU is a land grant and space grant institution, classified as a Carnegie Research Doctoral Extensive University. USU is dedicated to recruiting stellar candidates from a diverse pool including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants and offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits (http://www.usu.edu/hr).

Logan is located 85 miles north of Salt Lake City, in a community with a population of approximately 100,000. The main campus is situated in beautiful Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin offering nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains, making it one of the finest outdoor recreation environments in the nation. The area offers ample opportunities for a family-friendly professional life.  For a video introduction to Logan, Cache Valley, and USU see http://www.cachechamber.com.

Application Process:  Applications should be submitted at  http://jobs.usu.edu (req. ID 054980). Along with the online application, please attach a cover letter detailing research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and a list of names and contact information for three references. Review of applications begins January 5, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact:

Dr. D. Layne Coppock
Chair, Human-Environment Interactions Search Committee
Email: Layne.Coppock@usu.edu

For further information on the Department of Environment and Society, please refer to the departmental website at  http://www.cnr.usu.edu/envs/.

Utah State University is an AA/EO employer.