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Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management

University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Ann Arbor
Job Description:

The Western Forest and Fire Initiative (WFFI), based at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, invites applications for a two-year visiting professor of practice. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary working group organized to understand and develop strategies to manage forests and human communities in the western United States as an integrated social-environmental system. The visiting professor of practice will lead a process to engage stakeholders, co-produce knowledge, and develop programmatic and policy options based on applied research on interacting forest, fire, climate change, and community dynamics. The visiting professor of practice will also engage with undergraduate and graduate students through formal teaching or seminar presentations, help mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and expand the network of connections between the SEAS community and practitioner organizations in the US West.


Ideal applicants will be established applied researchers or practitioners with a PhD in natural resource management, planning, or a related field. Working familiarity with forest, fire, climate, and community issues in the western United States is required. Other helpful training and skills include:

● Formal training and/or experience with processes of transdisciplinary collaborative research and knowledge production

● Formal training and/or experience with forest or wildfire management and policy, or community socio-economic development

● Formal training and/or experience with development of multi-organizational partnerships and facilitation of groups


The successful applicant for the position would be appointed Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management, an endowed professorship in the School for Environment and Sustainability established in 1994 with a gift from Sally and William L. Searle. With this gift, the Searle family seeks to provide leadership and instruction in ecosystem management, ecosystem conservation, and ecosystem restoration. The Professorship is designed to allow its holder to develop programs that include interdisciplinary activity and links among sectors and science, policy and management.

Due to the fixed duration of the appointment, the successful applicant would be designated either as a Visiting or Adjunct Faculty member within the University of Michigan human resources system.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit application materials in Interfolio, via the following link:…

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience, potential contributions, and interest in one or more of the appointment options
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant publications including journal articles, reports, and working papers
  • References, a list of three names of academic references with contact information
  • Diversity Statement, a maximum one-page (single spaced) statement on how you contribute to diversity efforts

For assistance or further information, you may contact Please include on the subject line “Visiting Professor of Practice.”