Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Tribal Natural Resources
The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences invites applications for a newly-established tenure-track position (20% outreach/engagement, 30% teaching, 50% research) in Tribal Natural Resources.
In collaboration with Minnesota-based Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota tribes and potentially other North American tribes and indigenous groups, the successful candidate will develop a strong and impactful state- and regionally-based research program with national to international relevance. We seek candidates who are highly collaborative, have cross-cultural experience, and who employ integrative approaches to research and outreach. This faculty member must be committed to co-formulation of integrative and collaborative research and outreach agendas in partnership with tribal communities. The focus of the research program will be to advance the integration of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western science systems. A successful candidate will have one or more focal areas of expertise in indigenous customs and knowledge, policy and law, treaty rights, management and co-management of fisheries and wildlife, sustainable forests, habitat protection and restoration, and ecology and conservation of indigenous aquatic and terrestrial biota. The successful candidate’s research will be pursued with a high level of engagement with tribal communities to develop lines of communication that can improve understanding of different ways of knowing. This faculty member will contribute to the academic programs of the college by teaching one undergraduate course every year, plus a graduate seminar every year. Courses envisioned relate to tribal natural resource perspectives and policies and on approaches for integrating TEK and natural resource science information. This faculty member will also be responsible for serving as an undergraduate faculty mentor and advising graduate students. The faculty member will be expected to participate in faculty governance and professional service, and to secure external funding to support research.
Academic Rank and Department Affiliation
This is a tenure-track or tenured position; appointment will be at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor, depending on experience and record of scholarship. The faculty member’s tenure-home and department affiliation will be in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology or the Department of Forest Resources, depending on the candidate’s expertise and interests.
Demonstrated experience and strong interest in working with tribal communities on one or more of the focal natural resource areas described above.
Demonstrated research experience in advancing the integration of TEK and western science systems.
Demonstrated experience and interest in teaching.
Ability to communicate effectively. Both orally and in writing.
Record of scholarship, i.e., publications in area of natural resource expertise.
Preferred Academic Preparation and Experience
Demonstrated expertise in natural resource co-management or the integration of TEK in natural resource management decision-making.
Demonstrated leadership in addressing tribal natural resource issues.
Experience interacting successfully with stakeholders with diverse cultural perspectives.
Potential to initiate and sustain extramurally funded research.
Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively on interdisciplinary teams.
Experience in field and/or case based research and outreach methodologies.
Internal Number: 327413
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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