Assistant Professor in Marine Affairs with Expertise in Marine and Coastal Law

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Assistant Professor in Marine Affairs with Expertise in Marine and Coastal Law

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The search will remain open until the position has been filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 1, 2022. Applications received subsequent to this date may not be given full consideration.

The Department of Marine Affairs (MAF) in the College of Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is seeking an Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs with expertise in Marine and Coastal Law. This position is 50% Research, 40% Teaching, and 10% Service. The anticipated start date is August 2022.


Establish a competitively funded research program relevant to coastal management and U.S. Coastal and/or Ocean Law.

Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses relevant to the Marine Affairs program, including an undergraduate course on the basic principles of the law governing the management of developed and undeveloped shorelines and coastal waters of the US (MAF 220:Introduction to Marine and Coastal Law) and a graduate course examining the existing and proposed state and national legislation affecting US coastal regions (MAF 521: Coastal Zone Law).

Coordinate our dual graduate degree program with the Roger Williams University (RWU) School of Law, collaborate with the RWU Marine Affairs Institute and RI Sea Grant, and assist with advising in the URI Pre-Law program.

Publish original research in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Provide advising, training, and research mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students.

Provide service to the department, college, university and the profession.

Perform other duties as required.



1. Ph.D. or J.D. at time of appointment (August 2022) in Law, Planning, Political Science, Public Policy, Marine Affairs, Geography, Environmental Policy or other related field.

2. Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply research about planning and/or legal issues in coastal areas.

3. Evident potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to coastal and/or ocean law.

4. Evident potential to develop competitively-funded research program.
5. A record of empirical research supported by methods such as: experimental, qualitative, observational, social network, statistical, computational social science, spatial analysis, community-based, or other methodologies.

6. Evidence of research as shown by publications and/or presentations at national and international meetings and conferences.

7. Demonstrated success in serving the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities and publics.

8. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

9. Demonstrated proficiency in oral communication skills.


1. Ph.D. at time of appointment.

2. Demonstrated practitioner.

3. Demonstrated potential to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship.

4. Demonstrated experience teaching U.S. law courses that are relevant to the management of US coastal areas.

5. Demonstrated commitment to advancing issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


Marine Affairs


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Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:
1. Cover letter describing qualifications for position. 2. Curriculum Vitae, which should include information pertaining to the required and preferred qualifications for this position, and the names and contact information for three professional references (as one complete pdf document). 3. Statement of research accomplishments and future research plans. 4. Statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy.5. One document of writing samples which is to include up to three publications, working papers, or dissertation chapters (as one complete pdf document).

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