Environmental Policy
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts Amherst



This is a position in Environmental Policy with emphasis on Human Interactions with Natural Environmental Systems. The ideal candidate will be a scientist whose research focuses on how political, cultural and governmental systems are responding to threats posed by climate change and other forms of environmental degradation. This individual will consider how science feeds management decision-making, including mitigation efforts and alternative resources development, and how policy can be implemented to improve sustainable development and the conservation of natural environmental systems. Possible research areas include but are not limited to the policy and/or social dimensions of: changing ecological systems, land use change, adaptive responses to climate change, green infrastructure, urban ecology, and integrated water resources management. The applicant’s experience should demonstrate the ability to work across disciplinary lines in the social and natural sciences and the potential to attract external funding. Previous teaching experience at a university level is desirable.  A Ph.D. in a field related to Environmental and/or Natural Resources science with a strong emphasis on environmental policy, and/or integrated human-environmental systems is required. Applicants from social-science fields with a connection to environmental policy are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION: Earliest start date is September 1, 2011.  Review of applications will begin December 3, 2010.  The position will remain open until filled.  Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, a statement of research goals, a statement of teaching goals including specific proposals for courses, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references to:

Search Chair
Environmental Policy Search Committee
Department of Environmental Conservation
Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2665

The University is part of the 5-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting.  We are 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

The University provides an intellectual environment committed to providing academic excellence and diversity including mentoring programs for faculty. The College and the Department are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body and the curriculum. The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.