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Assistant Professor, Recreation Resource Management & the Environment

Utah State University
Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Climate Change
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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 Professor, with expertise in recreation resource management and the environment. We welcome applications from broadly trained scholars whose research integrates recreation resource management with other fields, such as: human dimensions of wildlife management, geospatial analysis, climate change adaptation and mitigation, tourism and recreation geography, diversity in nature-based recreation participation, cultural ecosystem services, environmental communication, or environmental collaboration and conflict management. This tenure-track, full-time (nine-month) position is based at the USU campus in Logan, Utah. The relative emphasis for the position is 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service.

The position starts August, 2022. Background is available concerning the Department of Environment and Society ( and its home, the Quinney College of Natural Resources (


Development of a robust, externally funded research program in recreation resource management and related fields.

Teaching up to three courses per academic year at undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate courses may serve students in the department's recreation resource management, environmental studies, or geography programs. Graduate teaching responsibilities will focus on the successful candidate's area of research expertise and may serve Master's programs in Recreation Resource Management, Geography, Environment and Society, or Natural Resources, the Ph.D. program in Environment and Society, or a certificate in GIS.

Student advising and mentoring will include students in departmental graduate programs and may also include undergraduates enrolled in a departmental major.

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


Minimum Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. at date-of-hire in a relevant field (e.g., conservation social science; ecology; environmental studies/science; forestry; geography; natural resources; park, recreation, and tourism management; sociology; wildlife management).

Evidence of ability to develop and conduct an active and focused program of research and scholarship in recreation resource management and related fields.

Demonstrated interest in teaching effectively at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of ability to develop and conduct an externally funded program of research and scholarship.

Experience with or willingness to learn about distance-education course delivery.

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

Experience working with local, state, or federal agencies or other organizations in the management of nature-based recreation and recreation resources.

Experience or interest in working with landscapes and communities of the U.S. West.

Review of applications begins December 1, 2021.

For further information contact Dr. Christopher Lant, Search Committee Chair at

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

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

2) Cover Letter

3) Statement of research experience and interests (maximum 2 pages)

4) Statement of teaching experience and philosophy (maximum 2 pages)

5) Statement of prior and intended contributions to diversity and inclusion in relation to the university mission in learning, discovery and engagement (see (url removed)) (maximum 1 page)

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

Please do not attach required documents (#2-5) in the candidate profile; you will be instructed to copy and paste later on in the application.

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience, plus excellent benefits


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

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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