Assistant/Associate Professor of Natural Resource, Environmental, or Energy Policy and Management

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks to fill a tripartite tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in natural resource, environmental, or energy policy and management to conduct research on these issues with respect to Alaska’s economy, public finance, communities, and environment.

Duties:

10Teaching. Requires teaching in a natural resources field within UAA. May include mentoring or academic advising students involved in research projects.Essential
15Disseminate research findings to both academic and non-academic audiencesEssential
15Lead or collaborate in developing new grant proposals for external fundingEssential
20Provide service to the University, profession, or communityEssential
40Provide research either individually or in collaboration focused on natural resources issues of importance to Alaska, the nation, or the arctic.Essential

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks to fill a tripartite tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in natural resource, environmental, or energy policy and management to conduct research on these issues with respect to Alaska’s economy, public finance, communities, and environment.

Alaska is a resource state.  Energy and other extractive industries, as well as fishing and tourism are important drivers of the state’s economy.  Alaska’s Indigenous and non-indigenous people are also dependent on healthy market and subsistence economies.  The issues around balancing and competing demands of these industries, as well as politics and natural resource policies, have a significant effect on Alaska’s economy and people.  The effects on our economy and citizens are a critical research area for ISER, for the state of Alaska, as well as for the circumpolar north. 

Climate change, changing land-use, and other impacts to the natural environment present significant challenges to the environment, communities, and the economy.  The issues facing Alaska are similar to those confronting communities across the circumpolar north.  Policy responses to the economic and natural issues involving the natural resources and economy provide the need for research and information to inform Alaska’s decisions.

ISER is the social science and public policy research institute for the University of Alaska system, with a 60-year history of high-quality research and public service. ISER researchers are multidisciplinary faculty and research professionals who collaborate with communities and agencies across the state and other arctic areas to promote data-informed decision making. Federal, state, local, and tribal public officials, leaders of private businesses and non-governmental organizations, and the media regularly call upon ISER researchers for insight into legislative and regulatory issues impacting the people and economy of Alaska.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a highly productive research program, including the acquisition of external funding, with a focus on natural resource, environmental or energy policy and management, and related policy issues of relevance to Alaska’s economy, government, and communities.  The successful candidate is expected to disseminate their research through peer-reviewed journals and ISER’s research publications, and communicate the policy implications of their research to government officials, industry and non-profit sector representatives, the media, and the general public. Candidates depending on their  will also have opportunities to develop other research interests and opportunities to teach.  ISER faculty have research-heavy workloads and typically teach up to one class per semester.

Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a natural-resources, environmental policy, energy, or a related field, including public policy or economics. Ph.D. candidates with expected degree completion by August 2022 will be considered. Candidates must have training, experience, and interest, and have demonstrated research in a natural resource, environmental, or energy-related policy issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong empirical research skills, including expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods research methodologies, data acquisition and management, and public policy analysis. The successful candidate must also demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, teaching ability, the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and the ability to develop research proposals and successfully lead and complete research projects.

The position is funded for 9 months per year, and the candidate, once hired, will be required to develop external funding for the remaining three months beginning the second year of employment.

The salary range for this position is $87,000 - $100K depending on experience.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

The position will remain open until January 31, 2022. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022.  Applications must be submitted online at the Careers at UA website. Assistant/Associate Professor of Natural Resource, Environmental, or Energy Policy and Management

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit:

  1. A cover letter addressing:
    1. General educational background and experience.
    2. Interest in, and qualifications for, conducting research on natural resource, environmental or energy policy and management, and related policy issues of relevance to Alaska.
    3. Experience in teaching, service, and public outreach relating to natural resource, environmental or energy policy and management, and related policy issues.
    4. Any other relevant training and experience.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A writing sample demonstrating the ability to conduct rigorous research and to effectively communicate results.
  4. A graduate school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial review but final transcripts must be provided before a final offer is made).
  5. Diversity Statement (for your reference, the UAA Diversity Statement can be found here https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/diversity/)
  6. Teaching Statement (including teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available).
  7. Names and contact information for three professional references.

For more information about this position, how to apply, or working at ISER, contact Professor Bob Loeffler, at rloeffle@alaska.edu, 907-250-4621.

The College:

Tenure-track faculty at ISER typically teach within the UAA College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP), but may teach elsewhere in the university, depending upon the qualifications and interest of the successful applicant.  The College offers both BBA and BA degrees in various disciplines.  CBPP recently began a Master of Public Policy degree and the successful candidate could also teach in this program.  The MPP program seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be a policy analyst, researcher, or leader for a broad array of public, non-profit, academic, and tribal positions in Alaska and across the North.

The University:

UAA is the largest of three universities in the University of Alaska system, serving nearly 12,000 students from all over the U.S. and 89 countries.  The main campus is located in Anchorage, the largest city in and the economic hub of Alaska. Set between the snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the ocean waters of Cook Inlet, Anchorage is warmed by a maritime climate, and offers year-round outdoor recreational activities, including hundreds of miles of bike and ski trails, and ready access to national forests and parks. With a culturally diverse population of about 300,000, Anchorage has a lively intellectual and cultural life, including opera, symphony, theater, and other arts events, and varied restaurants and local craft breweries.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

The University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

 

 

 

 

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