Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Human-Environment Systems, College of Innovation & Design

Boise, Idaho
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Jul 10, 2017
Search #170712
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Boise State University announces a tenure-track faculty position in human-environment systems science. Competitive candidates will demonstrate capacity, expertise, and interest in quantitative approaches to analyzing the interlinkages among social, biological, and physical systems, with the goal of addressing some of our most pressing sustainability challenges. We seek candidates who develop and apply innovative strategies to describe, understand, and predict the dynamics of human-environment systems, including but not limited to, agent-based, dynamical, process-based and geospatial modeling, mixed-methods, and other innovative techniques for integrating models or data. Candidates with training and skills from the disciplines of geography, geoscience, climate science, social sciences, engineering, and computational and data sciences are particularly encouraged.

The new faculty member will work closely with existing faculty in our Human-Environment Systems Institute. This position is part of a statewide, NSF-funded, effort to build expertise in human-environment systems science. With Boise State’s new College of Innovation and Design as a home, the candidate will have the opportunity to collaboratively build an integrated research and teaching center focusing on coupled human-environment systems. The center weaves together biophysical and social science knowledge and skills to develop solutions to society’s most challenging environmental problems. Boise State University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Research: Successful candidates will be able to 1) build a strong collaborative (team science) research program that integrates the social, physical, and computational sciences and engineering, 2) secure extramural funding, 3) create knowledge to meet challenges at the human-environment interface, 4) disseminate that knowledge through high-impact publications and other, less traditional, mechanisms, and 5) help develop a leading program in human-environment systems science. We are particularly interested in applicants who can contribute to Boise State’s academic excellence by developing an integrated program of research, teaching, and service that also broadens participation and diversity to more effectively address the complex challenges of coupled human-environment systems.

Teaching: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to high quality education and develop innovative approaches to teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Successful candidates may develop hybridized, flipped, and/or online class formats as well as short courses and workshops. Courses will be offered through the College of Innovation and Design and collaborating departments. Expected teaching load is nominally two classes per year. Teaching responsibilities will be aligned with the candidates' training and will emphasize the interface of human-environment sciences. 

We welcome applicants at the Assistant Professor level and also encourage exceptional candidates exhibiting a proven record of excellence in obtaining extramural research funding, scholarly productivity, and teaching at the Associate Professor level.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD, at the time of appointment in social, physical, or computational sciences or engineering, with an emphasis on quantitative methods.

If you are interested in this position:  Please submit in one PDF document: a cover letter, CV, contact information for a minimum of three professional references, and three publications as representative sample work. In the cover letter, you should address the following items in this order: 1) your qualifications for this position, especially application of quantitative methods; 2) your capacity to develop an integrated research and education program to solve local to global problems at the interface of human-environment systems; 3) evidence and interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration; and 4) your interest and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Candidates wishing to be considered for employment at the level of Associate Professor should specifically identify so in the cover letter. Applications should be submitted here  Questions should be e-mailed to