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Assistant or Associate Professor in Agroecology & Watershed Ecology

Position overview

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with academic year beginning September 2022. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2022, for employment effective July 1, 2022, and beyond.

Application Window

Open date: October 29th, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Agroecology and Watershed Ecology.

We seek a scholar who engages in research on agroecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem processes, soil ecology, and/or human impacts on nutrient and water fluxes in agricultural watersheds. The selected candidate will have interests in understanding if and how agricultural technology can be used to mitigate environmental problems associated with agriculture while ensuring access, appropriateness, and utility for a wide range of growers including small-scale, diversified, and organic farmers. The candidate will have experience working with environmental monitoring, biogeochemical analysis, and/or the food-energy-water-soil-climate nexus, and will bring analytical skills, technical expertise, and knowledge needed to work across temporal and spatial scales. We are especially interested in candidates who understand the biophysical, ecological, and social complexities of agroecosystem management, and consider agroecology as a culturally-grounded, transdisciplinary, action-oriented, and politically-engaged transformation of the food system.

Applicants with any or all of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: (1) Excellence in research that complements existing departmental strengths; (2) Demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding; (3) Evidence of and a commitment to excellence in teaching; (4) Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with social scientists; (5) Demonstrated ability to situate agroecology and watershed ecology in a historical context, including colonial legacies of science and social injustices related to food systems; and/or (6) Experience partnering with underserved farmers, fishers, aquaculturists and/or farmworkers to seek transformative change of food and farming systems.

The faculty member will be expected to develop a nationally and/or internationally recognized research program within the arena of watershed ecology and agroecology and teach a course on Agroecosystem Analysis and Watershed Management and other courses that contribute to the Environmental Studies and Agroecology majors or graduate program. The candidate will play a leadership role in the growing AgTech Collaborative and will have the opportunity to fruitfully engage with the Center for Agroecology and to develop collaborations with faculty in the Baskin School of Engineering. We also welcome applicants interested in participating in the cross-departmental Coastal Science and Policy graduate program.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a diverse student population and high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We strongly prefer candidates who understand the barriers facing women, low-income, and minoritized individuals who are underrepresented in higher education. This will be evidenced through the successful candidate’s contributions to creating an equitable, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and diverse scholarly environment through their undergraduate and graduate student teaching and mentorship, research, life experiences, and/or service.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a field such as, but not limited to, agroecology, agronomy, biology, crop sciences, ecology, or environmental sciences; and demonstrated experience in research and teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed no later than June 30, 2022.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • *Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

  • *Statement of Research - Statement describing research program and interests (not to exceed two pages).

    *Initial screening of applications will be based on the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Research Statement.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - One page cover letter that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement describing teaching philosophy and interests (not to exceed two pages).

  • Sample Publication

  • Sample Publication (Optional)

  • Sample Publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California