Professor, East Carolina University

East Carolina University


Position Number:946716

Job Description: The Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (ICSP) at East Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track joint appointment at the assistant or associate professor level. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

The successful candidate will be required to develop an externally funded research program, including receiving funding from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the National Park Service, or similar agencies and foundations. He or she will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching at the master’s and doctoral level, through the PhD Program in Coastal Resources Management; and provide service to the university, community, and profession. The joint appointment will be made between the Institute and an academic department appropriate to the candidate’s interests and experience.

ECU is a member of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system with an enrollment of about 27,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. It is located in a geographic region that is rich in estuaries, barrier islands, wetlands, and agricultural, fishery, and forest resources. Greenville’s population of an estimated 90,000 is located 85 miles east of Raleigh, the state capital, and is within easy driving distance of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system, the state’s extensive barrier islands (including the Outer Banks), and a full spectrum of pristine to highly developed coastal environments. Additional information about ECU, ICSP, the Graduate School and doctoral programs can be found at:

The Institute for Coastal Science and Policy’s mission is to integrate the social, natural, and engineering sciences for research, teaching, and outreach related to coastal and marine phenomena. The Institute for Coastal Science and Policy is comprised of university faculty, staff and students dedicated to conducting interdisciplinary research, integrating social, natural, and engineering sciences to investigate and educate people about issues of critical importance to coastal and marine environments in North Carolina and around the world. ICSP faculty have a wide range of expertise including (but not limited to) anthropology, biology, ecology, economics, engineering, geography, geology, social psychology, outdoor recreation and tourism. Faculty work with coastal stakeholders, managers and scientists around the world to address challenges involving coastal science, policy, and management.

Minimum Qualifications: Doctoral degree in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, social psychology, sociology, or an interdisciplinary degree that includes social science/ human dimensions training, etc.) from an appropriately accredited institution. Strong interdisciplinary research interests in social, behavioral, political, or institutional aspects of coastal and marine phenomena, such as demographics, development, resource use and availability, climate change, and policy responses with an established publication record and relevant work experience. Candidates should have solid grounding in the conceptual approaches and methodologies of their discipline, experience collaborating with colleagues in the natural, social, engineering, and policy sciences, and enthusiasm for innovative research. Of particular importance is a professional interest in interdisciplinary studies and research. A record of research, teaching, service, and publication is expected, particularly a demonstrated ability to generate external funding. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.

Preferred Education and Experience: An interdisciplinary academic background or experience would be an asset. A demonstrated familiarity with social science theory and methods as applied to human dimensions of coastal environments would enhance an application. Post-doctoral and non-academic career experiences are desirable. A strong foundation in qualitative and quantitative methods, research design, and proposal development is a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should complete a candidate profile and submit a letter of intent, a statement of vision for program development, a C.V. and a list of references, including contact information online at for the joint position as soon as possible; review of applications will begin January 3, 2015. Review of qualified applicants will begin thereafter, with a decision anticipated on or about March 15, 2015. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. David Loomis, Search Committee Chair, Official transcripts and two original letters of reference are required at the time of employment.

Additional Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system. In addition, applicants must submit the documents requested in order to be considered for the position.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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