[ECOLOG-L] Job: Faculty Leader in Water

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Faculty Leader in Water

The University of Oklahoma, Norman is excited to announce a hiring
initiative including three senior leadership positions across
multiple disciplines. Details of all three positions are available
online at ouesclusterhire.ou.edu. The goal is to catalyze synergy and
expand links among the university’s strong assets and capabilities in
environmental research and education. To this end, the successful
candidates will provide intellectual leadership and serve as focal
points for fostering collaboration, and furthering OUs engagements
with public and private institutions locally, nationally, and
globally. By mutual agreement, one of the successful candidates may
also serve as the founding Director of OU’s exciting new Plains
Institute. Residing on the University’s award-winning Research Campus
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_HDAaJtigc),
the Plains Institute will address compelling global research
challenges, implement practical solutions for the benefit of society,
and advance OU’s aspiration as a nationally renowned institution for
cutting edge environmental research. The appropriate academic home(s)
and opportunities for joint appointments will be considered based on
the candidates’ discipline, strengths or wishes. The university is
also actively recruiting to fill eleven other tenured or tenure-track
faculty positions within its environmental research portfolio during
the 2015/2016 academic year. Information on the full list of
positions may be obtained at soonerway.ou.edu/.

We seek a mid-career interdisciplinary scholar and leader in Water to
leverage long-standing strengths and complement a richly diverse and
innovative research and education portfolio that includes related
fields such as energy, economics, and law/policy. Qualifications
include an earned Ph.D. with disciplinary preference in environmental
domains, including, but not limited to, natural/social/physical/life
sciences and engineering. The successful candidate must have an
exemplary record of scholarly contributions (funding, peer-reviewed
publications in premier journals, etc.) and multidisciplinary
research; an emphasis on developing countries with either a rural or
urban focus will be welcomed.

The successful candidate will work closely with the OU WaTER Center
(WaTER.ou.edu), the Hydrology and Remote
Sensing Laboratory (hydro.ou.edu), the Oklahoma Water Survey
(http://ift.tt/1QcjaMv),
the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds
(crew.ou.edu), the Oklahoma Climatological
Survey (climate.ok.gov), the Center for
Applied Social Research (casr.ou.edu) and the
newly-founded National Institute for Risk and Resilience and OU
Plains Institute, as well as other water related activities on campus.

The successful candidate must be able to articulate a vision for
advancing water research in local and global contexts, and show
evidence of ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.

How to Apply

Further information about these positions and expected credentials
are found at ouesclusterhire.ou.edu.
To apply, applicants should send a single pdf file containing a
letter of interest including a statement that addresses their
leadership philosophy, research goals and teaching vision; a current
curriculum vitae; and the contact information of three references
(with full mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone, and fax numbers)
to: Search Committee Chair, OU Environmental Strategic Cluster Hire;
ouesclusterhire@ou.edu. Referees will
be contacted only with the approval of the candidates. Initial
screening of applications will begin immediately; applications will
be accepted until the position is filled. The preferred start date is
August 15, 2016 but negotiable for a different start time during the
2016/2017 academic year.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to
ouesclusterhire@ou.edu. Phone
inquiries should be directed to either of the co-Chairs of the search
committee, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research
(405-325-3806) or Dr. Aondover Tarhule (Executive Associate Dean,
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Provost’s Faculty
Fellow on Interdisciplinary Initiatives; 405 325-7228).

About the University of Oklahoma

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public
Carnegie-ranked, very high research activity university offering a
wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs,
extensive continuing education and public outreach programs. OU’s
three campuses (Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and
the Schusterman Center in Tulsa) enroll over 30,000 students and has
more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX0AtV1MI-o).
In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1
nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311
scholars. The University hosts the National Weather Center and
affiliated organizations, the South Central Climate Science Center,
the South Climate Impacts Planning Program, the WaTER Center, and the
National Institute for Risk and Resilience, among numerous others.
The Norman Research Campus, comprising 277 acres adjacent to the Main
campus, synergistically co-locates State and Federal agency research
and operational organizations, more than a dozen private companies,
and several University centers and academic programs, creating a
uniquely rich environment for collaboration. Named the No.1 research
campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013,
OUs Norman Research campus has added more than 1 million square feet
of new space among 10 buildings since 2004.
Located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, Norman has a population of
118,000, the third largest city in Oklahoma. With outstanding
schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is known for
its quality of life and affordability and is a perennial contender on
“best place to live” rankings. The city is rich in culture, the arts
and a variety of recreational opportunities
(see,

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Women,
minorities, veterans, disabled persons, and candidates from other
underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The
University of Oklahoma is also sensitive to the needs of dual career
couples. To the extent that opportunities exist, our goal is to
recruit the whole family, not just the candidate.

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