Assistant Professor of Water Policy, Politics and/or Planning

Employer University of California, Santa Barbara
Location Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Job Description

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invites applications to fill a tenure-­‐track Assistant Professor position in the area of water policy, politics, and/or planning.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline in the policy, social or biophysical sciences. The specific area of expertise is open, but candidates’ research must focus on water issues, broadly conceived, in the United States or abroad, and should demonstrate a specialization in water policy, politics, and/or planning. Preferred candidates will have interdisciplinary training in the biophysical and policy aspects of water, a promising record of scholarly achievement, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentorship, and an interest research that can be applied in non-­‐academic settings.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a leading research program, will teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses on water and water policy, will contribute to the undergraduate Hydrologic Sciences and Policy major within the ES Program, and will train graduate students through an affiliation with one or more other UCSB departments.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, vita, research and teaching statements, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded directly. All materials should be submitted to the Water Policy, Politics and Planning Search Committee at UC Recruit, at

For full consideration, application materials should be submitted no later than November 15, 2016. A first round of Skype interviews will occur in January 2017. Finalists will be invited to campus based on the outcome of first round interviews. Finalists should be prepared to submit evidence of teaching excellence, including student evaluations. This position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Simone Pulver (

UCSB's Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that was founded in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It has maintained a position of national leadership since then, graduating over 6000 students. The program has a longstanding commitment to integrative research and teaching, and interdisciplinary balance among biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied professions. The Program is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through interdisciplinary research, teaching and service.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Closing: 01 Jul 2017

Contact Details
Professor Simone Pulver
University of California, Santa Barbara

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