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Assistant/Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change

Utah State University
Moab, Utah, US
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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The Department of Environment and Society (ENVS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change. We particularly welcome applications from scholars whose research focuses on social, cultural, historical, or ecological issues impacting public and/or tribal lands in the Southwest United States. This tenure-track, full-time (nine-month) position is based at the USU campus in Moab, a thriving tourism-oriented community in southeast Utah and a federal agency hub adjacent to National Park, National Forest, BLM and Tribal lands. The relative emphasis for the position is 50% teaching, 40% research, and 10% service. The position starts August 01, 2022. Background is available concerning the ENVS department ((url removed)) the Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) (, and the USU Moab campus ((url removed)).

Review of applications begins November 1, 2021. For further information contact Dr. Wayne Freimund, Search Committee Chair at



Teaching will include a combination of intensive, face-to-face, field-based, and innovative online courses taught in service of the ENVS undergraduate major in environmental studies at USU's Statewide Campus system and QCNR's award-winning Master of Natural Resources program. Approximately four courses per year may include Introduction to Environmental Science, an intensive, field-based course and participation in the Master of Natural Resources curriculum ((url removed)).

Teaching duties also include advising undergraduates enrolled at the Statewide Campuses in the Environmental Studies major and supervision of graduate and/or undergraduate student research.

Research interests may include but are not limited to human dimensions of environmental change, environmental and/or climate (in)justice, natural resource policy, political ecology, or scholarship related to indigenous lifeways, cosmologies, and ecologies. Preference will be given to scholars working in the Southwest US.

Service includes participation in faculty duties on campus as well as professional involvements off campus.


Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in a field related to human dimensions of environmental change by the date-of-hire.

Interest in and ability to teach in online and field-based contexts.

Interest in and ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary, natural resources, and environmental issues involving stakeholder and community engagement, applied research, or professional service opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior teaching experience in a variety of delivery formats, with emphasis on developing and implementing innovative courses.

Demonstrated interest in and ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, applied research, and/or service.

Demonstrated success in acquiring grants to support scholarship and successful publication in peer-reviewed outlets.

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/RESUME to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/RESUME"

2) Cover Letter

3) Teaching Philosophy

4) Research Statement

5) Statement of experience and interest in community engagement and outreach

6) Statement of prior and intended contributions to diversity and inclusion in relation to the university mission in learning, discovery, and engagement

7) Names and contact details for three people who can provide letters of reference

Please upload required documents #2-6 into the Candidate Profile under 'Documents 1-10'

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Qualifications


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

College/Department Highlights:

The position is based at the Moab Regional Campus which is a rapidly developing location in the Statewide Campus system of Utah State University ((url removed)). The construction of a new, modern campus is under way ((url removed)). Without leaving Moab, students can obtain a large number of certificates, endorsements, and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. Courses are delivered using a wide variety of formats including face-to-face instruction and a number of distance education technologies (e.g., online, interactive video conferencing). Utah State University has worked closely with Moab leaders and federal agency partners to create a future vision of higher education in the community that includes a strong role for recreation resource management. For more information about the Moab Regional Campus, please visit: (url removed).

With a resident population of 5,000, Moab is the largest community in Grand County, Utah. The Moab economy is largely fueled by outdoor recreation and tourism, and the community welcomes approximately one million people from around the world each year. As the gateway to red rock country and its many national and state parks and public lands, Moab has become a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to take advantage of a wide range of mountain biking, hiking, climbing, touring and river rafting opportunities. Moab is home to offices for the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service in addition to numerous state agencies. Situated on the banks of the Colorado River the community is carefully designed for walking and biking enthusiasts, and has recently added a state-of-the-art regional hospital, a recreation and aquatics center, and two new public school buildings. For more information about the Moab community visit (url removed).

USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university's academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement ((url removed)). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: (url removed).

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. in 2019 and the in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed)

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed).

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit , or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, (phone number removed),

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, (phone number removed),

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.
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