University of Washington: Assistant Professor in Society & Environment

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) at the University of Washington (UW) invites your application for a nine-month (100% FTE) tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (0116). We seek a social scientist who will advance our understanding of dynamic relationships between human societies and coastal or ocean environments, especially as they pertain to the use or governance of space. Priority consideration will be given to applicants conducting research focused on contested spaces, uses, and boundaries; or coastal risks, hazards, and vulnerabilities.

A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent is required. Relevant fields of expertise include — but are not limited to — Geography, Environmental Sociology, Political Science, Social Psychology, and Anthropology. Those with a strong record of collaborative interdisciplinary research are especially encouraged to apply. Grounding in geographic theory and understanding of geospatial relations is desirable. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to recruiting and training underrepresented minority students (URM).

Experience conducting primary fieldwork and engaging with coastal communities on the frontlines of environmental change is desirable. The candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain a vibrant externally-funded research program, sustain a strong publication record, contribute to teaching and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and conduct research in support of the interdisciplinary mission of the School. Teaching responsibilities will include contributions to the school’s core curriculum in the human dimensions of global change in the marine environment and additional courses in the area(s) of specialization. The ability to develop a course in geospatial analysis is desirable.

The successful candidate is expected to assume the appointment in Autumn 2018.

The University of Washington and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. More details can be found at and

The University of Washington offers a wide range of professional development and opportunities for junior faculty and a comprehensive benefits package (details can be found at

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, advising, research and service. The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply by sending applications to [email protected]. Please include your name in the subject line of the email and attach the following application materials: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) statement of research and teaching interests and philosophies including experience with and commitment to diverse audiences and inclusive approaches (3 pages maximum), 3) copies of three representative publications related to the job requirements, and 4) names and contact information for three professional references. All application materials should be merged into a single searchable PDF attached to your email. Priority will be given to applications received by October 30, 2017. Questions pertaining to this search can be addressed to Professor David Fluharty or Professor Ryan Kelly, Search Committee Co-Chairs ([email protected], [email protected]). This job announcement is available at

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last updated 7-Oct-2017