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


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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