Assistant Professor in Natural Resource Policy and Sustainable Landscapes

  • University of Illinois, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Environmental Studies Public Administration & Policy Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Professor in Natural Resource Policy and Sustainable Landscapes

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES)




Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( is seeking qualified applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position with 60% research and 40% teaching responsibilities as an Assistant Professor in Natural Resource Policy and Sustainable Landscapes.

Individuals conducting empirically based research in environmental policy and governance, international relations, sustainable development, political economy, or other areas related to natural resource management are invited to apply. Candidates whose work contributes to the understanding of how to improve environmental policy, human and environmental health, systems and security (e.g., food security, water security), socio-environmental inequalities, social movements, and sustainable landscapes from local to global scales are of particular interest. Candidates with a demonstrated experience in interdisciplinary collaborations that span the social, natural, and physical sciences will be reviewed favorably, especially candidates that can show expertise in linking lines of investigation reflected within NRES.

We welcome candidates who adopt a range of methodological approaches that are suitable for the environmental social sciences. The successful candidate should also demonstrate excellence in teaching and advising, as well as interests in contributing to the university’s land grant mission.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required. The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and train graduate students, teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels, secure extramural funding, and publish regularly in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals. Teaching responsibilities will include instructing Natural Resource Policy and Management (NRES 325), and a new course that is based on the incumbent’s area of expertise and consistent with the curriculum needs of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

The currently scheduled start date is August 16th, 2022. This date is flexible. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Details

To apply, create a candidate profile through and submit the following materials: Letter of application, curriculum vitae, up to two representative publications, research statement, teaching statement, contact information for three professional references, and a 1-2 page diversity statement that describes the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) principles or praxis that you view as essential to research, teaching, and/or service. For the DEIJ statement, you are welcome to draw directly on relevant experiences or speak generally about what you envision as most critical for successfully fostering DEIJ at a major research institution like the University of Illinois. To receive full consideration, all requested application material must be submitted via the online system by the close date of October 15th, 2021. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. van Riper, Search Committee Chair, at, or 217-244-9317.


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