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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Assistant Professor of Water and Society


The School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position to begin August 16, 2019. We seek an individual with outstanding research and teaching capabilities and interests that focus on the intersection of water and society. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in the social sciences (economics, environmental science, environmental studies, geography, public policy, political science, regional and urban planning, science and technology studies, sociology, or related fields). The specific area of expertise is open, but applicants’ research must lie at the intersection of social and water issues, freshwater or marine, and should demonstrate specialization in areas including, but not limited to, water policy, politics, resources, or planning.

We seek candidates whose scholarship is methodologically rigorous, grounded in theory, and who can work across disciplinary boundaries to produce innovative research and teaching. Preferred candidates will have interdisciplinary training that spans both the biophysical and societal dimensions of water, a demonstrated interest in conducting interdisciplinary research, a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring, and an interest in research that can be applied in non-academic settings.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a leading research program capable of attracting external funding and is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment. The School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment ( is a multidisciplinary unit of approximately 600 undergraduate students, more than 80 graduate students, and 32 faculty representing research areas ranging from Earth and Ocean Sciences to Environmental Policy and History. Potential collaborative interactions exist within the School and with other units across the University. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses that support interdisciplinary degrees in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses related to the candidate’s specialty, with a standard teaching load of two courses per semester. Cross appointment with an appropriate unit at the University of South Carolina is possible, depending on the candidate’s expertise.

All applicants must fill out an online application at USC Jobs:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, statement of teaching interests, contact information, including telephone number and email address, for three references. For more information please contact: Scott White, Water and Society Search Committee Chair, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208,

To ensure full consideration, applications and letters should be received by October 12, 2018. The committee will review files until a candidate is selected.

The University of South Carolina System ( is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.