The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and seeks applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP).
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires, educates, and supports innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world. The school is NASPAA-accredited, highly ranked nationally, and boasts the country’s third-ranked nonprofit management program. The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping public policy and governance at the local, state, national, and international levels. The Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) area at the Humphrey School focuses on public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health and well-being.
The mission of the STEP area is to integrate science with public policy, community action and multi-sector governance to advance the common good in a complex and diverse world. We offer a unique Master of Science degree in STEP (MS-STEP) designed for students with undergraduate training in the physical sciences, natural sciences and engineering (STEM areas more generally). In addition, we offer Master of Public Policy (MPP) and PhD degrees that have a concentration in the STEP area. We recognize that the complexity of society’s grand challenges – rapid urbanization, climate change, sustainable energy transitions, governance of emerging and/or disruptive technologies – requires innovative leadership and collaboration among academia, communities, government, businesses and non-profit organizations, anchored upon interdisciplinary and systems-based scholarship rooted in real-world projects.
Our STEP faculty lead several NSF, EPA and community-sponsored research initiatives pertaining to sustainable infrastructure and cities, energy transitions, green chemistry, and water policy. Our faculty are widely recognized as leaders in the field and serve on scientific committees that shape environment/sustainability policies locally and globally. More information can be found at http://www.hhh.umn.edu/policy/science.html.
Research in the STEP area connects naturally with other areas at the Humphrey School including Urban and Regional Planning, Global Policy, Social Policy and Public & Non-Profit Leadership, as well as with other units across the UMNcampus such as the Institute on the Environment, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Public Health, the Law School and others.
The focus of this faculty search is on – new and emerging technologies in the context of STEP. Examples of STEPresearch pertaining to new and emerging technologies include (but are not limited to): the impact of disruptive energy or transportation technologies on people, economy and the environment; risk analysis and governance of emerging technologies addressing food security; the use of "big data" on energy and the environment; technology innovation and regional economic development. We seek candidates whose approach to teaching and research is innovative and inclusive in terms of race, gender, class and ethnicity.
Required qualifications: (a) A research focus on new or emerging technologies in the context of the economy, environment, sustainability, risk, human health and well-being; b) Research that demonstrates inter-disciplinary and systems thinking and real world engagement with public policy and governance; c) Ability and interest in teaching the following courses: Emerging Technologies and Society; Risk Analysis; Systems Thinking, and others relevant to the candidate’s research focus; d) A PhD related to the STEP area that is completed prior to August 2015; e) Training in theSTEM disciplines (e.g., physical and natural sciences, engineering, environmental studies, and others) at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level.
Preferred Qualifications: a) Innovative and high quality research that is anchored in the real word and has potential for policy-impact; b) Evidence of preparation for teaching and/or of high quality teaching if prior work experience includes teaching; c) Research expertise that complements those in the STEP program relating to energy and environmental policy, green chemistry, sustainable urban infrastructure, the water-energy-food nexus, healthy and resilient cities; b) The ability to work with and across other units within the Humphrey school as well as other Colleges at UMN and to engage beyond the University in research, education and outreach activities.
Candidates must be willing and able to contribute in rank-appropriate ways to the school, teach in the school’s core curriculum, provide leadership to its master’s and Ph.D. programs, demonstrate a willingness to help prepare students for careers in public affairs, and function collaboratively in a multi- and inter-disciplinary college, and with external constituencies.
Applications should include a curriculum vita, the names and addresses of three references, a sample of recent research, and a brief account of research and teaching interests and experience.
Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit applications online to: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=125203 Address cover and reference letters to: Professor Anu Ramaswami, Chair of Search Committee, c/o Human Resources, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 152 Humphrey Center, 301-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, email@example.com.
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, faculty life/disability insurance, retirement, and social security. The starting date for this appointment is August 25, 2015, or as soon thereafter as possible.