The Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming is seeking applications for a 75% postdoctoral researcher for a 12-month term beginning in June, 2017, with possible increase to 100%, depending on funding availability. The position supports sociocultural research for the Bioenergy Alliance of the Northern Rockies (BANR), an interdisciplinary USDA AFRI-CAP project exploring beetle-killed trees and bioenergy in Rocky Mountain forest communities across a four- state area. The specific orientation for this job is to consider environmental and industry policy as related to forest communities, with attention to issues of both forest and human health. The Postdoctoral Associate will use ethnographic and mixed methods with a social-ecological systems approach to consider local communities, forest resources, and existing or potential industries in relation to policies and practices connecting forest resources with environmental, health, and economic concerns, from occupational safety and forest fires to tourism, among others. Position is based in Laramie, WY, with some fieldwork at our sites in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Of interest is the opportunity to explore a specific problem from the perspective of both climate change impacts associated with bark beetle epidemics, and potential climate change mitigation strategies associated with both forest management practices and the emergent biochar and bioenergy industries.
The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field at start of appointment, with primary specialization in either natural resource policy or energy/extractive industries, and some background in environmental change. Desirable experience includes familiarity with Rocky Mountain region and resources, especially forest-related, and knowledge of medical anthropology or GIS. Candidates should have a strong background in interdisciplinary research methods as well as community engagement, and have the demonstrated capacity to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication, as well as a solid record of research and publication, are required. Candidate must be legally able to work in the United States at the time of application.
The position is supervised by Professor Sarah Strauss in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming, but the successful candidate will also collaborate with Education, Outreach, and Sociocultural/Economic/Policy team members at Colorado State University, University of Idaho, and Montana State University. Candidates should submit a single pdf file with the following information: (1) a letter of application demonstrating experience and research interests, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for three references, and (4) two writing samples. Questions may be directed to the search coordinator, Sarah Strauss (email@example.com; 307-223-5484). Review of applications will begin immediately, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Completed applications must be received by April 23, 2017.
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Established in 1886, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant, doctoral/research university, Division I member of the NCAA—Mountain West Conference, set in the front range of the Rocky Mountains at 7,200 feet. UW is the only four-year public university in the state and combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages. The Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls are Wyoming’s home teams with a ...strong and passionate fan base throughout the state, with 17 intercollegiate varsity sports. There is considerable private and public support to expand the athletic facilities to ensure continued success in the conference.
The University of Wyoming has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission continuously since 1923 and received continued accreditation in 2009–2010. Individual programs and schools are also accredited by regional and national professional organizations. The university is organized into seven colleges and multiple interdisciplinary institutes and schools: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Health Sciences, College of Law, School of Energy Resources, and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. All of the colleges have areas of distinction, which include health care education, visual and performing arts, business, biological and atmospheric sciences, computational science and energy. UW is currently working with the governor and state legislature on initiatives to raise the engineering, science, and education (teacher preparation) programs to national distinction. The School of Energy Resources has attracted national and international recognition for its cutting-edge instruction and applied research. The UW Library system has expanded substantially over the past several years and is a member of the Greater Western Library Association.
Since UW serves as both Wyoming’s land-grant and flagship university, the continuing challenge is to meet the highly diverse academic needs of the state’s students and communities while focusing on areas of excellence. UW offers 200 programs of study across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Students generally experience small class sizes, affordable tuition, high quality education, and easy access to reputable teaching and research faculty. UW also focuses its expertise in selected areas of academic distinction. These are fields of academic inquiry and curriculum in which UW has both an existing foundation in faculty strength and a commitment to sustained and increasing prominence.
UW provides its students access to additional degree programs and coursework through its membership in the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) and the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) Medical Education Program administered by the University of Washington, the nation’s premier medical school in primary care and rural medicine. The university serves the entire state of Wyoming through an expanding distance education program and 10 regional educational centers. In addition, Agricultural Extension Centers are scattered throughout Wyoming’s 23 counties and on the Wind River Indian Reservation. UW is committed to strong, productive academic relationships with Wyoming’s seven community colleges to provide a seamless and more efficient higher education to more students. For the fall of 2016, more than 12,600 students enrolled in baccalaureate, graduate and professional programs.
The university has a vibrant student life with more than 260 recognized student organizations from which to choose. The ASUW Student Government is engaged and active. There are inclusive living and learning environments and programs which provide civic engagement and service learning opportunities for the development of leadership skills and for dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of others. Approximately 10,340 students were enrolled on the Laramie campus. Students come to UW from 47 states, with 57% from Wyoming, 14% from nearby Colorado, 13% are ethnic minorities and 6% are international students. In the most recent student satisfaction survey, 95% of students indicate that they are pleased with the education they are receiving at UW. Planning for the replacement of the residence halls to create an undergraduate academic village is underway through a possible public/private partnership is underway and is one of UW’s top capital construction priorities.
The State of Wyoming invests strongly in higher education, providing the highest amount of state funding support per student in the nation. Consequently, UW has the lowest undergraduate tuition among the nation’s public doctoral granting universities. The university also benefits from a $500
million endowed student scholarship program for Wyoming high school graduates, a robust capital construction budget, and a publicly and privately supported endowed faculty program.
UW has an annual operating budget of more than $500 million. State funding accounts for 40% of the revenues, with the remainder generated by a variety of sources including contracts and grants, foundation resources, and tuition. External research funding was over $95 million in FY16. Annual private giving for the same period exceeded $63 million. With the support of the Wyoming legislature and private donors and through institutional bonding (UW currently enjoys a Standard and Poor’s rating of AA-, with a positive outlook), the university has received $925 million in capital construction and major maintenance funds over the past decade.
For FY16, the university employed 761 full-time instructional and clinical faculty, including 620 tenured/tenured-track faculty. There were more than 2,200 other full-time benefited employees. Faculty members are internationally renowned for their research and scholarship and are innovative and creative teachers. Long recognized for its commitment to baccalaureate education, UW seeks greater recognition, both in academia and in the private sector, for its research, teaching, scholarly and creative endeavors, and graduate programs.
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