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Coastal Science and Policy Associate Professor of Practice

Position overview

Position title: Coastal Science and Policy Associate Professor of Practice (Associate Adjunct Professor, Fiscal Year)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. A reasonable estimate for this position at 25% time is $26,825 - $32-725 (based on a full-time, annual salary rate of $107,300-130,900).
Percent time: Variable, 25%-50%, with the initial appointment being made at 25% time.
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024
Position duration: Two years

Application Window

Open date: January 12, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 12, 2024 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: Monday, Sep 30, 2024 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 Coastal Science and Policy Program (CSP) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) is an interdisciplinary, solution-oriented program focused on coastal resilience; conservation; fisheries and aquaculture; innovation; and justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We train highly diverse cohorts of rising leaders in coastal sustainability through a two-year MS degree in which each student works one year in a real-world setting with a partner organization to advance a solution; and a PhD designated emphasis. The CSP program is a hub for coastal innovation, hosting the Blue Pioneers Program accelerator and offering the nation’s first Hacking for Oceans course. The program also leads and coordinates research collaborations among academic, government, non-profit and private organizations, including the City of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Area Research Institution's Network for Education (MARINE).

The Coastal Science and Policy program at University of California Santa Cruz invites applications for a part-time, fiscal-year Associate Professor of Practice (which falls under the Adjunct Professor title series). Candidates should be currently working at a non-profit, government, and/or community organization focused on one or more coastal science and policy issues. We seek candidates who are adept at bringing interdisciplinary science to bear on practical solutions to coastal challenges and thus are capable of serving as role models for the kinds of practitioner, non-academic career paths and leadership that the CSP curriculum equips students to pursue.

Under the direction of the Director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program, the appointee will teach one to two required MS core courses each year. The appointee will be available to serve as faculty advisor for year-long, individual, solution-focused capstone projects of MS students; participate in grant proposals to support CSP students; and occasionally serve as a CSP committee member for PhD designated emphasis students. The appointee should have expertise in using social science methods and social objectives to solve coastal challenges, such as community-led work, equity, inclusion, and human rights. The selected candidate will leverage their professional network to help CSP students find appropriate non-academic partners, funding and in-kind support for capstone projects, and post-graduation career opportunities that build on students’ capstone project outcomes and overall CSP education. We seek a colleague who will expand the CSP faculty’s interdisciplinary and applied competencies and experience, and thus strengthen mentoring of students seeking a professional master’s degree or the interdisciplinary/applied focus of the PhD designated emphasis.

We are especially interested in applicants with interdisciplinary, applied research experience that is implementable in real-world settings; broad multi-cultural and international professional networks; a record of mentoring in an academic environment and/or overseeing student internships; and/or experience teaching at the graduate level.

Appointments in the Adjunct Professor series are generally supported by non-State funds. This position will be fully or predominantly supported by state funds and is contingent upon the approval of an exception to policy which is granted by the Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

Coastal Science and Policy Program:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in coastal environmental management, biology, ecology, anthropology, environmental policy, or a related field.
  • Concurrent employment as a practitioner, at a non-profit or other type of non-academic organization, in a field relevant to the advertised position.
  • A minimum of three years’ practitioner experience (obtained after earning doctorate) in coastal sustainability; conservation, fisheries management, environmental policy; or a related field.
  • A minimum of one year (three quarters or two semesters) of university-level teaching, serving as the instructor of record, in a discipline relevant to the advertised position.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include your academic and non-academic professional (practitioner) experience, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, awards, a list of published papers and manuscripts accepted for publication, and other relevant signs of recognition.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application, one to two pages in length, that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Statement of Research - In one to two pages, explain your practitioner and research accomplishments and future goals. Describe your experience using social science methods to develop and/or implement practical solutions to coastal challenges in different national and cultural settings, and any organizations you have collaborated with in these efforts.

  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement, one to two pages in length, should focus on 1) your previous formal teaching contributions and future teaching goals, and 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - In one to two pages, discuss your experience integrating social objectives in solving coastal challenges, such as community-led work and human rights. Address your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion,through mentoring, teaching, leadership roles, and/or professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

  • Sample Publication (Optional)

  • Sample Publication (Optional)

  • Sample Publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. 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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