Assistant Research Professor- Science Communication

University of Idaho

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Application Deadline: April 24, 2014

Academic Faculty
Assistant Research Professor, Science Communication
McCall Field Campus/McCall Outdoor Science School
Department of Conservation Social Sciences
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho

We seek highly motivated, creative individuals to apply for a new Assistant Research Professor position of Science Communication. The position will be housed at the award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), located at the UI McCall Field Campus on the shores of beautiful Payette Lake. We are particularly interested in team players who have a passion for integrating scientific communication, education, and research in an outdoor setting.

The position includes 60% teaching and advising, 25% scholarship, 10% outreach, and 5% service within the MOSS Graduate Residency program. Commensurate with an academic year (9-month) non tenure-track appointment, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching innovative graduate courses in the MOSS graduate program, including social science research methods and proposal development; advising graduate students, developing an externally funded research program to expand the research infrastructure and capacity at MOSS, and working across disciplines with faculty from other universities, colleges, and departments participating in the MOSS program.

Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include vacation, university retirement; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; sick leave, and sabbatical and semester leave opportunities, and living in the spectacular setting of McCall, Idaho. Desired position start date is August 1, 2014.


Required: Ph.D. in natural resources/environmental sciences, environmental education, science communication, or closely related field by the time of appointment, and significant interest, knowledge, and experience with environmental education and science communication. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate potential for: 1) effective and innovative teaching at the graduate level, including the ability to advise and work with graduate students participating in teaching residency experiences, 2) developing an externally supported research and outreach program, and 3) advising graduate student projects leading to scholarly outputs. Strong teamwork skills and oral and written communication skills are essential, including the ability to publish in leading peer reviewed journals. Familiarity with current research in natural resource issues is essential.

Must: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*

Desired: Experience as the primary instructor for a university-level course; professional experience with graduate student residency programs; outreach and extension experience specifically in the area of science communication; experience in leading and managing research and/or outreach projects; experience with writing competitive grants to gain external funding and knowledge of funding opportunities in environmental and STEM education K-12 programs; and experience with interdisciplinary research or outreach collaborations.

We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Complete the online application, including a letter of application, statements of teaching philosophy and research and outreach interests, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and names and contact information for three references at Three letters of reference, and inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Karla Bradley Eitel, Search Committee Chair
University of Idaho, CSS Department
P.O. Box 1139
Moscow, ID 83844-1139, (888) 634-3918

Closing date: The search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified, but not prior to April 24, 2014.

The Institution: The University of Idaho is the Land Grant institution of Idaho, offering innovative programs at the interface between creating new knowledge and meeting current and future needs of society. The College of Natural Resources houses three academic departments: Fish and Wildlife Sciences; Forestry, Rangeland and Fire Sciences; and Conservation Social Sciences, and offers 8 undergraduate degree programs and 3 graduate degrees (MS, PhD and Master of Natural Resources). The beautiful UI McCall Field Campus houses MOSS, and is a jewel of the College and University, located on the shores of Payette Lake as an inholding within Ponderosa State Park. The town of McCall is a vibrant mountain community with year-round social, cultural and outdoor activities, including world class Nordic and alpine skiing, whitewater, and wilderness recreational opportunities. Current enrollment in the College includes 600 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. MOSS serves an additional 2500 K12 students and 18 graduate students annually through its award-winning programs. Please see for more information.

Materials Required:
Online Application (
-Curriculum Vitae
-Letter of Application
-Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
-Statements of Teaching Philosophy and Research and Outreach Interests
-3 letters of Reference and Contact Information for 3 References.

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Posted: March 25, 2014