Lecturer in Human-Environment Systems and Data Literacy

The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for one Lecturer (non-tenure track) with a focus in coupled human-environment systems and data literacy.  We seek a discipline-bridging scholar who will play a fundamental role in training students to understand, analyze, and visualize information, including geospatial information, using a variety of data sources from natural sciences and one or more complementary perspectives.  Potential areas of emphasis include ecosystem services, sustainability science, food energy or water systems, and interdisciplinary perspectives on global change; from ecological and complementary perspectives such as economics, engineering, or quantitative and qualitative social sciences.

The ideal candidate will bring new skills and theoretical perspectives to the Odum School, and will demonstrate a passion for undergraduate education and building programmatic excellence in data literacy training.  We seek candidates with an aptitude for mentoring students interested in traditional ecological science careers (through the B.S. degree program) or careers focused in translation or integration of ecological science with policy, management, communications, or other disciplines (via the A.B. degree program).  An interest in leading service learning classes would also be valued.   The Odum School is dedicated to supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusiveness, and strongly encourages applications from candidates who will enrich that mission.

 We especially encourage applications from candidates who have:

  • Expertise in coupled human-environment systems
  • Expertise in discipline-spanning scholarship
  • Expertise in data analysis and visualization
  • Expertise in geospatial information
  • Aptitude for undergraduate instruction and mentorship
  • Aptitude for providing data literacy training
  • Commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusivity

The position is a 12-month full-time appointment. Responsibilities are primarily instructional, with opportunity for research.  The position offers diverse instructional opportunities including lecture, lab, and field courses, and directed undergraduate study and research.  In addition to developing a spatial data course and other potential courses in their area of expertise, the scholar will contribute to current course offerings through instruction and by developing new data literacy and visualization components.  The scholar will also contribute to undergraduate mentoring and research supervision as part of their responsibilities.

To apply, candidates must have a PhD in ecology or relevant field.   To receive full consideration applications should be received by 27, February 2019.   

To apply for the position, candidates should electronically submit the following materials http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/59673:

  1. Cover letter, including research interests and suitability for the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. 2-page Teaching statement, including vision for enhancing data literacy.
  4. 1-page Diversity statement, explaining experience, professional skills, and vision that would enhance diversity and inclusivity (using Other Documents#1).
  5. Contact information for three professional referees who may submit letters of recommendation

Official transcripts will be requested from finalists.  Questions regarding the position can be directed to search committee chair, Dr. Elizabeth King, egking@uga.edu.

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia. Georgia is well known for its quality of life with both outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). UGA (www.uga.edu) is a land grant/sea grant institution located approximately 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. It is within an hour driving distance from the North Georgia Mountains and four hours from the Atlantic coast. Athens enjoys a mild climate and yet still sees the benefits of the changing seasons. It is well known for its vibrant and evolving music scene, serving as the hometown of bands such as R.E.M., the B-52’s, Widespread Panic, the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, and Futurebirds.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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