[ES_JOBS_NET] ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Geospatial Analytics, Climate Change Adaptation, and Coastal Processes, Oregon State University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Jan 25 09:11:58 MST 2015


Deadline    February 16, 2015
Date Posted    December 5, 2014
Type    Tenured, tenure track
Salary    Commensurate with experience
Employment Type    Full-time
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State 
University (OSU) located in Corvallis, Oregon, invites applications for 
a full-time 1.00 FTE 9-month, or part-time 0.75 FTE 12-month, 
tenure-track Assistant Professor position to contribute to OSU's Provost 
Initiative in Marine Studies.  The position is anticipated to begin in 
September, 2015.

Climate change is a salient security concern for the United States and 
globally, with coastal areas of the world particularly vulnerable due to 
rising sea levels, increasingly powerful storms, and growing populations 
within the seas reach. Geospatial Analytics & Planning is the 
development and use of large geospatial/temporal datasets to help inform 
effective decision-making, particularly in regard to adaptability to 
environmental change.  Research is needed to characterize vulnerability 
and adaptive capacity to climate change as related to security and 
coastal processes, and specifically to assess vulnerability with respect 
to infrastructure, economic sectors, geographic areas, population 
groups, and ecosystems. Two challenges are to: (1) Improve data, 
methods, and scenarios for research on vulnerability and resilience of 
human and natural systems, and (2) Identify climate thresholds in 
vulnerable coastal systems. The successful candidate unites expertise in 
geospatial analysis, physical aspects of climate systems, and a 
specialization in social science approaches to adaptation, 
vulnerability, and planning for climate change and coastal processes.

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) will be a transformative approach to 
the study of marine systems, incorporating both the natural and human 
environment, and covering "ridge to ridge" (from the mountains to the 
mid-ocean ridge). It will focus on linking the natural and social 
sciences of marine systems, use these bridges to build new collaborative 
approaches to policy and decision-making, and develop and incorporate 
data-intensive methods in research and education. The initiative will 
build on the existing strengths in marine sciences, geospatial science, 
environmental economics, and public policy at Oregon State University. 
The MSI will encompass both research and education, building new 
programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.

This Assistant Professor unites expertise in geospatial analysis, 
physical aspects of climate systems, and a specialization in social 
science approaches to adaptation, vulnerability, and planning for 
climate change and coastal processes. The candidate will conduct 
research, teaching, and outreach to improve data, methods, and scenarios 
of vulnerability and resilience, and identify thresholds of human and 
natural systems to climate change. Consistent with the OSU strategic 
plan and signature areas, this position will educate OSU students to 
address multifaceted national and global challenges that resist simple 
technical or social solutions, and that affect the environment, the 
economy, and human health.

Faculty at Oregon State University are committed to undergraduate and 
graduate student success. We seek faculty who have evidence of educating 
and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which may include experience 
with sponsoring student research or internships, developing study abroad 
opportunities, service learning courses, or the use of innovation 
pedagogies such as hybrid or online learning.

Position Responsibilities

Teaching and research/outreach-related appointment with an expectation 
for scholarly accomplishments appropriate to the position focus and 
responsibilities. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate 
courses in geospatial science applied to marine systems.  S/he will also 
teach courses serving the Baccalaureate Core and the new Marine Studies 
Initiative, as well as graduate courses in the College of Earth, Ocean, 
and Atmospheric Sciences. Research will be interdisciplinary and will 
incorporate geospatial science approaches to biophysical, ecological and 
marine system science research and outreach to address critical societal 
issues. The position will have an academic home in CEOAS, and will work 
in partnership with the faculty developing the Marine Studies Initiative.

The position includes:
40% Research and proposal writing: Establish and maintain a program of 
research that supports timely promotion in rank, significant 
contributions to the field, and continued external funding. Work towards 
distinction in research as evidenced by national recognition. Research 
activities are expected to result in publications that advance knowledge 
and understanding. Results of research should be disseminated in 
peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and books appropriate 
for the discipline, as well as in presentations at national and 
international scientific meetings. Put forth a competent and 
professional effort to obtain external funding for their research 
programs and those of their students.

50% Teaching and advising. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in 
concepts and methods of adaptation, vulnerability, and planning for 
climate change and coastal processes, and in geospatial analytics (e.g., 
Geographic Information Systems and Science, geospatial programming and 
modeling, and Responsible GIS practice). Activities also include 
assisting with student research and internships, mentoring and advising 
students, and designing curriculum10% Service to the disciplinary group, 
the college, and the profession.

10% Service to the disciplinary group, the college, and the profession.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. by the start of employment in geography or other degree field that 
supports geospatial analytics and planning.

A record of significant and innovative research in geospatial approaches 
to climate change adaptation and coastal processes corresponding to the 
aforementioned areas of interest.

A strong scholarly potential demonstrated by a record of peer-reviewed 
publications and a clearly defined research agenda commensurate with 
academic rank.

Demonstrated ability or significant potential for establishing a 
research program supported by extramural funding.

A strong potential for teaching excellence and commitment to student 
success in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of 
Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

A strong potential for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and 
post-doctoral fellows as evidenced by commitment to student success.

Proficiency in oral and written English.

A commitment to educational equity in a multicultural setting and to 
advancing the participation of diverse groups and supporting diverse 

Preferred Qualifications:

Two years of professional experience.

Demonstrated record of successful interdisciplinary collaborations.

Experience in writing proposals and teaching experience at the 
university level.

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